BY ERIC IKPE
Miami Gardens--- All year, youth football fans have waited for this game.
The rivalry between these two FYFL teams stems from four years ago. The Miami Gardens' Bulldogs' has beat the Miami Gardens' Vikings consecutively four years in a row, and to go on to win the Super Bowl and State Championships.
In this match-up, the Vikings' mission was to get revenge and to return the pain that the Bulldogs' put them through in the last four years.
"This is my first time dropping down to another pound," said Offensive Coordinator Buddy Bailey. "The history between these two teams, I understand that they were losing, and they brought me in this year to push them over the hump this year."
The stage was set for this epic battle to take place in Miami Gardens.
Miami Gardens' Vikings' struck first when #8 WR Deandre Freeman hauled in a deep 15 yard pass from #7 QB Sincyre Gray (The extra point was no good). Vikings lead, 6-0.
The Bulldogs' fumble the ball on the kickoff return behind the Vikings hard hitters #4 Michael Harris and #1 Knaje Guthrie.
The Vikings' kept the ball on the ground with RB #2 Brian Brewton who marched down the Bulldogs' sidelines, but could not get into the end zone as #4 the Bulldogs’ defensive back, Anthony Johnson came up with a huge hit to turn the possession back to the Bulldogs.
On the next drive, Miami Gardens' went in the air and scored with a quick slant that went for 59 yards, to #4 WR/DB Anthony Johnson from #1 QB Cedquan Smith. (#2 Willie Floyd added the extra point). Bulldogs take the lead, 7-6.
Miami Gardens' Vikings' did not change up their game plan and continue to pound the ball on the ground. Attempted to score before halftime, the Vikings' handed the ball to their playmaker Brian Brewton on fourth down, but he was met by #21 CB James' Williams, turn over on downs.
On the ensuing drive, the Bulldogs went in the air, but Vikings, #8 Deandre Freeman snatched the ball with one hand from Bulldogs, #1 Cedquan Smith.
At the start of the third quarter, Miami Gardens' Bulldogs change up their offensive attack. #5 RB Chavon Wright ran right up the middle and scored on a fifteen yard run. (Extra point no good.) Bulldogs increase their lead, 13-6.
The Vikings' decided to go in the air, but the Bulldogs’ defensive back, #4 Anthony Johnson intercepted the pass from #1 Knaje Guthrie.
The Bulldogs' went into their run heavy offense to eat up the clock, which left the Vikings little time to even up the score.
Desperate to score, the Vikings' went for it on 4th and 11, but came up short.
"We knew it would be a close game, but if you can't come back from a six point deficit, you really can’t be called a champion" said Assistant Head Coach Lee Jones. "We didn't want them to score anything, but things happen and we adjusted."