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By: Darrien Green
November 7, 2015
The Overtown Tornadoes came into the Playoffs the 4th seed in the Greater Miami Pop Warner Jr.Peewee division, and found themselves in the Sean Taylor Classic for the 4th year in a row. The MoneyTeam is what they call the Overtown 115’s and for the last 3 years in a row they have hoisted the STC Trophy in the Jr. Bandits , Bandits , Mighty Mites division complying a 37-1-1 record . Jr.Peewee division is where the Older/Lighter rule comes into play and for the last 4yrs teams with a couple Older/Lighters have went on to dominate the division and win Back to Back National Championships. The MoneyTeam defied odds as a young team and Staff defeating the Defending National Championship Staff the Gwen Cherry Bulls in the 2nd round 7-6 . The Bulls who were everybody’s favorite to win their 3rd straight National Championship in the Jr.Peewee Division but there reign came to a end versus the furious MoneyTeam Defense . The Florida City Razorbacks Staff came into the Sean Taylor Classic with 3 Pop Warner National Championships under their belt Coached by the Great Kurt Dewberry The Razorbacks came into the Playoffs as the 2nd seed and looking to send the Overtown Tornadoes home empty handed for the first time in 3 years
F.I.U North was the site of this Jr.PeeWee clash of The Veteran National Championship Staff versus The Young Guns . Overtown Tornadoes Defense reminds me of the Bears 85 Monster of the Midway defense lead by 44# Jakarie Sands & 6# Samaji Flagg ,8# Daniel Harris , 4# Omar Brown , 3# Cordell Roberts all combined to form one of the best defenses I’ve seen at the Jr.Peewee level they are very physical and inflect pain on any ball carrier. The Razorbacks would gain the edge in this Defensive match up. Early on the Razorbacks their 1st possession lead by 2# Ryan Bullard tough hardnosed downhill running style taking them into Tornadoes territory. Florida City would hit the Tornadoes with a Tight end pop for 32 yards taking them into Overtowns Redzone. The Razorbacks would try to stick with the pass with a quick pass play but the MoneyTeams 4# Omar Brown had other ideas delivering a bonecrushing hit to the Razorbacks Receiver who coughed up the ball to the Tornadoes. Antwan Smith the Tornadoes big bruiser at Rb would pound away at Florida City’s defense but both teams were struggling , and the Tornadoes was having issues stopping 55# Amen Mackey from penetrating and disrupting their offense. Another gift was in store for the Tornadoes when they would forced & recover another Razorback fumble inside the redzone. Tornadoes Quarteback 7# Fermin Livingston would make sure the MoneyTeam would capitalize on this turnover finding 8# Daniel Harris in the slot for a Tornadoes Touchdown putting them up 6-0 over the 2ND Seed Razorbacks. 9# Demetrius Williams would come in and change the game for the Razorbacks with a dazzling 43 yard touchdown run bobbing & weaving while breaking tackles thru the Tornadoes stingy defense tying the Score 6-6.
The Sean Taylor Classic Jr. Peewee game was a test of wills and a game that would stay tied 6-6 thru four quarters with both defenses not giving up a inch. 44# Jakarie Sands got my vote as this years Playoff Defensive Mvp this kid was all over the field and the Razorbacks worst nightmare collecting tackle after tackle and big hit after hit. But this Championship game would come down to their Quarterback 7# Fermin Livingston delivering a strike to 3# Cordell Roberts the two way star for a 6 yard touchdown pass to put the Tornadoes up 12-6 in Overtime . The MoneyTeam would turn to their defense to seal the deal versus the Florida City Razorbacks who were looking to tie the score and possibly win the game on their first possession. The MoneyTeam defense wouldn’t let them down for the 2nd week in the row intercepting the Razorbacks on 2nd down. The Tornadoes would break out in a Celebration of their 4th straight Sean Taylor Classic Championship. This group of kids would improve their record the last 4 years to 47-3-2 with 4 STC Trophy. This young group of 9-10 year old kids now will take their show on the road qualifying for Regional play . The question still reminds can the Moneyteam close the deal with a National Title ? With their defense I’m willing to bet they will be in every game… Congrats to the Overtown Tornadoes Jr.PeeWees for winning their 4th straight STC Trophy…
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