TOP NOTCH MATCH UPS IN THE KICK OFF CLASSIC!
BY ERIC IKPE
North Miami- In the first annual kickoff classic hosted by Generation Nexxt/Airo Athletics, the Miami Gardens' Bulldogs'(85lbs) of the Florida Youth Football League, and Opa Locka Panthers' (85lbs) of the National Youth Football Leagues, kicked off the 2012 pre-season, bringing their A game at F.I.U North campus.
In the end the Panthers' would prevail 18-0 over the Bulldogs, but it was all about getting in work to tune up before the games count.
During the first quarter the Panthers' did not waste anytime getting into the end zone as Panthers running back #2 Lamar Seymore would shake & bake the middle linebacker and sprint up the middle for a 25 yd touchdown, putting the Panthers up 6-0.
The Bulldogs' offense attempted to respond, but Opa-Locka defense did not give an inch. The Panthers motto all day was, 11 men to the football, and they did just that.
The Opa Locka continued to dominate offensively as Panthers Quarterback #1 Mehni Smith, connected with wide receiver #6 Terry Glasgow for a for a quick strike for a TD, putting the Panthers up 12-0.
Opa Locka's elusive tailback, #3 Jerry Dinkins, added to the score as he hit the outside of the Bulldogs defense, and raced down the sidelines for another Panther's touchdown.
In this season opening scrimmage, the Panther's defense was just as impressive as the offense, shutting out the Bulldogs'.
Opa-Locka's coach said, "I was impressed by our team's performance, but did not want them to get comfortable. He also said, "It's always room for improvement, but we did a great job on both sides."
Final Score: Opa Locka Panthers 18 - Miami Gardens Bulldogs 0
Travis Robinson, the young quarterback for the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes 125's of the Florida Youth Football League, led his team to a productive day against the Miramar Wolverines 125's of the American Youth Football League.
Hurricanes' QB, Travis started the day with a strong offensive drive, sneaking in a touchdown after recovering a muffled snap, which would prove to be the game's only score for the 6-0 victory over the Miramar Wolverines (125lbs).
Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes head coach, Antwan said, " This is our first scrimmage game so we didn't want to give out many looks, during our first possession it was pretty much basic dives, and power plays."
The Wolverines had trouble finding the end zone all day as the Hurricanes used tough defense to hold Miramar to limited rushing yards. Hurricanes' defensive coordindator, Coach Meat said, "We did'nt come here to play around. We came here to play Hurricane football. We expect shutouts everytime we step on the field."
Despite having a stellar performance from their own defense, the Miramar offense could not answer the Hurricanes' single touchdown strike. With under 7:00 minutes left, during their last drive Miramar turned the ball over on an interception picked off by Ft.Lauderdale's #24 Rodrick Branch that sealed the Hurricanes win.
Final Score: Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes 6 - Miramar Wolverines 0
The Pembroke Pines Bengals' (95lbs) of the American Youth Football League took on the Lauderhill Lions (95 lbs) of the South Florida Youth Football League.
The PPO Bengals came right out the gate and was clicking on all cylinders. The Bengals was led by the dynamic running back/wr #3 Vinson Davis'. Vinson would run behind the blocks of what PPO Head Coach, Chris McGonigal calls the "Big Nastys!"
Early in the scrimmage, the Bengals' offense was efficient, racking up yards and capping it off with a big TD run by PPO running back, #3 Vinson Davis.
#1 Julian Rodriguez, PPO tailback, who is truly pound for pound one of AYFL's top talents, would later add to the scoreboard with a blazing 25-yard touchdown run. PPO goes up two scores!
Lauderhill attempted to respond with their own power run game, but could not break containment of the swarming Bengals' front seven. After little success on the ground, the Lions went airbourne and Pembroke Pines' #3 Vinson Davis made the Lions pay with a 65-yard pick six to the house, to seal the game.
In the end PPO Bengals head coach, Chris McGonigal stated "Everybody thought it would be easy, but actions speaks louder than words. In our opinon this scrimmage was never close, we feel we have some of the best 95's talent and it should be a fun year for our kids."
Final Score: Pembroke Pines Optimist 19 - Lauderhill Lions 0
The American Youth Football League's Weston Warriors took on the Miami Dade Xtreme League's Key Biscayne Key Rats.
This group of Weston Warriors once carried the AYFL's longest winning streak, would match up against a tough Xtreme playoff contender for a solid scrimmage that would give both teams a great pre-season look on what they needed to tweak prior to the kick off of the regular season.
At the start of the scrimmage, both defenses seem to boast their extemely aggressive linebacker play. The first ten minutes proved to be the making of a defensive battle with the score being 0-0.
But oh what a difference a half makes, the Warriors, led by their big brusing running back, #28 Danny Montoya, drove down the field with inside traps, dive plays and physical off tackle plays that led to a 5 yd td by Weston's running back, #28 Danny Montoya, who carried three defenders into the end zone.
The Key Rats' responded with thier own drive but came up short from scoring points. The Warriors' defense often blitzed off the edges, enabling the Weston linebackers to make big plays in the Key Rats back field.
The Warriors' felt if it wasnt broken, dont try to fix it. On the ensuing drive, fed the ball to #28 Danny Montoya as he imposed his will upon the Key Rats, and would not be denied as he scored his second touchdown of the day. Warriors take the lead 14-0.
Key Biscayne knew they had to respond and were getting tested, they were unable to score when needed. Before the game ended, Weston executed a tackle eligable-trick play in which the QB threw a 51 yard pass to OL #66, John Del Rio for a touchdown.
Weston Warrios' head coach, James Houston said, "It was a great match-up for us, and we need this type of contact and different looks before the season starts. We just have to continue to work hard, and stay on course, and I believe we'll have a great season."
Final Score: Weston Warriors 20 - Key Biscayne Key Rats 0
Miami Gardens Bulldogs' Vs South Miami Grey Ghosts
This match up started off with defensive sparks flying every where. Both teams having players fly to the ball on every single play. The entire first quarter neither team gave up a first down, both squads playing stellar defense.
It was a great defensive match-up by both teams, not allowing an inch. But the Bulldogs' coaches felt they could run directly up the middle in their halftime discussions and drew up a play that allowed the Bulldogs' running back #5 Nayquan Wright to run up the middle for a 5 yard touchdown run.
The Grey Ghosts responded quickly and made strides near the end zone--until a crucial play happen that injured one of their players as he made an attempt to catch the ball and was hit mid-air by a Bulldog defender.
South Miami coaches ran on the field and felt due it being a scrimmage, they would just call the rest of the game.
Both teams can hang their hats on their defense and expect to be in every game.
Bulldogs' Head Coach Toro said, "Football is a tough sport, you can expect hard hits on both sides of the ball. But most importantly we want to teach our kids how to play tough, but safe."
Final Score: Miami Gardens Bulldogs 6 - Miami Grey Ghost 0