By Jerry Williamson
Tamiami Colts' head coach Jason Rosenfeld and staff -- returned back to Orlando, FL to see yet again a familiar opponent, Ward 5 Warriors (D.C). The football team honor former student-athlete #75 Devin Chartrand, who lost his life in a car accident. Last fall, the colts fail short to the same team playing in the Nat' Championship game. Fast forward a year later (Dec. 11, 2015) -- the colts will defeat Ward 5 this time around and captured their program 2nd Division 2 national championship.
The colts offense was lead by QB Junius Phillips, TE Freddy Espinosa and RB Andre Stringfield. Junius, threw for 72-yards, rushed for 29-yards and scored 2-touchdowns (Pass, Rush). Freddy, made several plays on defense and caught two crunch time passes on offense for 24-yards. Andre, carried the ball 19-times for 122-yards and 1-touchdown. Andre, also returned an interception over 50-yards for a touchdown.
On the other side of the ball. The defense was lead by LB/S Andre Stringfield, SS Jaloni Clark, DT Dana Edwards and FS Nicholas Graham. Jaloni, recorded 6-tackles and 1 - force fumble. Dana, recorded 4-tackles and 1 - force fumble. Nicholas, presence playing center field was impressive. He missed nearly two interceptions and delivered several big hits. Defensive end Dawayne Mason register one sack late in the second half and finished the game with 3-tackles. Both Stringfield and Clark lead the team in tackles.
The road to redemption, wasn't a walk in the park by any means. The colts believe it not, was seen as yes, the #2 seed in their own conference (Greater Miami Pop Warner) to the undefeated Miami Youth Hurricanes. Furthermore, many spectators believed the colts were over matched to well-known locally Ft. Myers Fire cats, who dropped down to Division 2 this season. The Tamiami Colts overcame a number of hurdles and used one set back as a motivational tool and inspiration for the season. The colts former athlete Devin Chartrand physically didn't line-up a single down this season for the colts defense, but his coaches and teammates made sure he would always be remembered, as the defense would start games with only 10 - starters on the field in memory of him.
The colts return specialist' Jaloni Clark - returned the game opening kick-off return for a touchdown vs. the Miami Youth Hurricanes. The colts would upset the #1 seed by winning convincingly, heading into the southeastern regional championship vs. the Ft. Myers Firecats. RB Andre Stringfield would power his team to victory, scoring two touchdowns and defeating the firecats 14-6 to help his team advance to the quarterfinals. The colts would cruise by the West Elmwood Intruders from Rhode Island, 38-8 as Andre Stringfield would return yet another pick six.
QB Junius Phillips to HB Jaloni Clark - Touchdown
RB Andre Stringfield - Rush Touchdown
DB Andre Stringfield - Interception
QB Junius Philips - Rush Touchdown
Final: Tamiami Colts (FL) 22, Ward 5 (D.C.) 20.