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December 12, 2009

Miami-Dade goes 2-1 at Pop Warner nationals

Warriors Snuff Out Fire 27-6”

The Liberty City Warriors Jr. Pee Wees, pride of Greater Miami, added to their accomplishments Saturday by defeating a tough Shaker Fire-Raider team from Shaker Heights, Ohio to capture the 2009 Pop Warner Division I National Championship at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

The Warriors wasted little time getting on the board today.Known for their devastating running game, Liberty City struck for their first score through the air. With 5:01 to go in the first quarter, Warrior quarterback Tyreek Benton lofted a beautiful spiral to Eugene Witherspoon for a 32-yard touchdown. Benton tossed to Nakia Robinson for a one point conversion to make it 7-0.

Liberty City’s hard-hitting defense managed to contain the Fire-Raiders’ talented running backs Terence Law and Darrius Jones, and at the end of the first quarter, the score remained Liberty City 7- Shaker Heights 0.

In the second quarter,the Fire-Raiders came charging back. Riding big runs by Law and Jones, Shaker Heights marched down to the Liberty City 34 yard line.
From there, the Fire-Raiders connected on a 24 yard pass from Jalen Davis to Keon Williams. On the next play, Terence Law bulled off tackle and into the end zone. The try for the PAT was no good and the score now stood Liberty City 7- Shaker Heights 6.

Then, with 1:46 to go in the half, the Warriors took over the ball on the Fire-Raiders 20 yard line. Two plays later, tailback Trent Gordon raced around left end and followed a wave of Warrior blockers into the end zone. Nakia Robinson toted the ball in for the 1-point PAT and the score at half time stood Liberty City 14 and Shaker Heights 6.

The third quarter started with the Warriors taking the opening kickoff to the Fire-Raiders 46. On the first play from scrimmage, Nakia Robinson took the hand-off, raced around the right end and bolted down the sidelines for another Liberty City touchdown. The run for a 1-point PAT by Jamir Washington was good, and with 8:24 left in the third quarter, the Warriors lead climbed to 21-6.

In the fourth quarter, Shaker Heights again moved downfield. But time and again, the fired up Warriors defense denied the Fire-Raiders on critical fourth down situations. Then, with 7:48 to go in the game, Nakia Robinson again rolled out to his left from the Shaker Heights 24-yard line and sprinted into the end zone for another Warrior touchdown. The kick attempt for the PAT was no good and the score stood Liberty City 27- Shaker Heights 6.

The Fire-Raiders never quit. But today it was just too much Liberty City speed and power, and the final score remained Liberty City 27- Shaker Heights 6.

“Hornets Sting Razorbacks”

The Florida City Razorbacks fell to the Watkins Hornets from D.C. today in the Pop Warner Pee Wee Division I National Championship Game played at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

The Razorbacks struck first when Florida City’s tailback Dionte Mullins took the opening kickoff and raced 77 yards untouched for a touchdown. The two-point kick conversion by Antonio Calloway was good and before Watkins knew what hit them, Florida City had the lead 8-0.

But, the Hornets came back on the ensuing possession when running back Malonta Patterson caught a swing pass and rolled 62 yards for the answering touchdown. The two-point kick was good and, at the end of the first quarter, the game was tied up at 8-8.

Midway through the second quarter, the Hornets Floyd Little III raced 55 yards to the Razorback 10 yard line. From there, Malonta Patterson tallied on a slant pass. The two-point conversion kick was good again and, at the end of the first half, Watkins’ lead climbed to 16-8.

Watkins took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove downfield to the Razorbacks two-yard line. From there, the Hornets’ Demarcus Jordan slammed through the Razorbacks line and into the end zone. The PAT attempt was no good and, at the end of the third quarter, the score stood Watkins 22- Florida City 8.

In the fourth quarter, Florida City kept battling. Time and again, running backs Dionte Mullins, Antonio Callaway and Robert Burns followed the Razorback “O” line to churn up yardage. Late in the game, the Razorbacks moved the ball to the Hornets 13 -yard line. But, an apparent touchdown pass from Maurice Alexander to Traylon Burns was called back on a holding penalty. Then, with fourth and long, the Hornets defense stormed through to sack Alexander and squash Florida City’s last threat. The game ended with Watkins hanging on to win 22-8.

“Richmond-Perrine Giants Topple Oak Ridge Colts”

The Richmond-Perrine Giants came to the Pop Warner Super Bowl this week with one mission in mind, to equal their achievement as 2008 Pop Warner Jr. Midget National Champs with a Pop Warner Midget Championship in 2009. And, when all the lights, fireworks and action were over, that’s exactly what they accomplished this afternoon at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

Richmond’s speed was simply too much for the Colts and that speed helped the Giants to strike early and often. In the first quarter, Richmond connected on a halfback pass to Ermon Lane for 50 yards to the Colts 15 yard lone. From there, Jaquan Johnson raced into the end zone for the Richmond touchdown. Devin Delancy’s kick for the two-point conversion split the uprights and at 9:35 to go in the first quarter, the Giants had the lead 8-0.

With 9:49 to go in the second quarter, Richmond scored again on a two-yard carry by their outstanding running back Tim Irvin. Delancy’s kick was good again and the score grew to Richmond 16- Oak Ridge O.

At 7:50 to go in the first half, Tim Irvin reeled off a 50-yard punt return. Pushing into Colts territory, the Giants scored again on a touchdown pass to Irvin. This time, the one-point conversion was good and the score stood Richmond 23- Oak Ridge 0.

With 2:54 in the half, the Giants defense forced another Colts punt that Tim Irvin returned 36 yards. From there, the Giants tallied again on a run by Nigel Dillard.
The PAT try was no good and, at the end of the half, the score stood Richmond 29-Oak Ridge 0.

Playing under “running clock” rules, the second half showed no further scoring. As the clock ran down on this classic display of Richmond speed and power, the Giants had their Pop Warner Division I Midget National Championship 29-0.

During their amazing performance this week at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, Richmond outscored opponents 93-0 for one of the most dominating championship runs in the history of Pop Warner.

2A FINAL: Cocoa 27, Glades Central 13 (Final)

ORLANDO - Many had felt during the year that Glades Central was the best team in the state of Florida. On Saturday night, the previously unbeaten Raiders were not the best team at the Citrus Bowl.

Behind the running of Chevelle Buie, the Cocoa Tigers, the defending 3A state champions, added 2A to the list of state crowns the school holds when they surprised favorite Glades Central, 27-13, to finish with a perfect 14-0 record.

The Raiders got on the board first when Mississippi State-bound running back Antwon Chisholm scored from eight yards out with 9:10 left in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead.

The Tigers cut the lead to 6-3 on a 33-yard field goal by Cody Bell at the 4:27 mark of the first quarter.

The Raiders extended their lead to 13-3 with 9:17 left in the first half when quarterback Leron Thomas found Chisholm from 16 yards out.

Cocoa climbed right back in the game when junior running back Chevelle Buie ran 63 yards for a score, cutting the lead to 13-10.

Moments after Buie's run, the Tigers jumped in front when Antonio Wallace stepped in front of a Thomas pass and went 26 yards for a 17-13 lead with 8:14 left.

The Tigers moved to a 20-13 with 6:55 left in the third quarter on a 24-yard field goal by Bell.

Buie passed to the 200 yard mark with 4:49 left in the game when he ran 37 yards for a score to put the Tigers up 27-13.

Glades Central 6 7 0 0 - 13
Cocoa 3 14 3 7 - 27
GC - Antwon Chisholm 8 run (kick failed), 6-0, 9:10 (1)
C - Cody Bell 33 field goal, 6-3, 4:27 (1)
GC - Antwon Chisholm 16 pass from Leron Thomas (Antoine Dalfice kick), 13-3, 9:17 (2)
C - Chevelle Buie 63 run (Cody Bell kick), 13-10, 8:24 (2)
C - Antonio Wallace 26 interception return, 17-13, 8:14 (2)
C - Cody Bell 24 field goal, 20-13, 6:55 (3)
C - Chevelle Buie 37 run, 27-13 (Cody Bell kick), 4:49 (4)

LARRY BLUSTEIN

2B STATE FINAL: Jacksonville Bolles 21, Tampa Catholic 7 (Final)

ORLANDO -Like they have so many times throughout the years, the Jacksonville Bolles Bulldogs came to the state football championships and have emerged with a title.

This year, the Bulldogs defeated Tampa Catholic 21-7 in the 2B state title game at the Citrus Bowl.

The Bulldogs (12-1) struck first first when Chandler Carr found Luke Viering from 5 yards out with 6:57 left in the second quarter for a 7-0 advantage.

Bolles extended the lead to 14-0 when Jacon Stenson ran it in from 44 yards out with 4:44 left in the third quarter.

After recovering a fumble, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 21-0 with 2:35 left in the third quarter on a 4-yard run by Stenson.

Tampa Catholic (10-2) got on the board with 6:15 left in the fourth quarter when D.J. Williams hit Brandon Mendoza with a 7-yard scoring strike.

Tampa Catholic 0 0 0 7 - 7
Jacksonville Bolles0 7 14 0 - 21
JB - Luke Viering 5 pass from Chandler Carr (Robert Cook kick), 7-0, 6:57 (2)
JB - Jacob Stenson 44 run (Robert Cook kick), 14-0, 4:44 (2)
JB - Jacob Stenson 4 run (Robert Cook kick), 21-0, 2:35 (3)
TC - Brandon Mendoza 7 pass from D.J. Williams (Mike Peleveda kick), 21-7, 6:15 (4)

LARRY BLUSTEIN

Road To Orlando Pairings/Finals

6A
NORTH
REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

Apopka 49, Orlando Boone 0
Boca Raton 31, Vero Beach 21
Daytona Beach Mainland 29, Jacksonville Sandalwood 14
Deland 46, Orange Park 0
Orlando Dr. Phillips 23, Orlando Olympia 22
Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast 28, Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge 10
Sanford Seminole 30, Orlando Timber Creek 27
Winter Park 50, Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley 47

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
Apopka 58, Orlando Dr. Phillips 52 (5 OT)
Deland 26, Daytona Beach Mainland 0
Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast 20, Boca Raton 17
Winter Park 31, Seminole 10

REGIONAL FINALS
Deland 27, Winter Park 13
Apopka 7, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast 0

STATE SEMIFINALS
Deland 20, Apopka 7

SOUTH
REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

Homestead South Dade 48, Miami Ferguson 7
Miami Carol City 30, Weston Cypress Bay 16
Miami Central 36, Miami Columbus 7
Ives Estates Dr. Krop 19, Miramar Everglades 7
Miami Northwestern 50, Coral Gables 7
Miami Southridge 24, Miami Sunset 0
Miramar 49, Oakland Park Northeast 3
Plantation 38, Deerfield Beach 7

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
Homestead South Dade 25, Southridge 23
Miami Central 29, Northwestern 16
Ives Estates Dr. Krop 10, Carol City 6
Miramar 23, Plantation 7

REGIONAL FINALS
Miramar 34, Dr. Krop 0
Miami Central 25, Homestead South Dade 7

STATE SEMIFINALS
Miramar 21, Miami Central 14

STATE FINALS (Saturday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m.)
Miramar (13-1) vs. Deland (13-1)

5A
NORTH
REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

Clearwater Countryside 17, Tampa Freedom 7
Daytona Beach Seabreeze 30, Neptune Beach Fletcher 27
Fleming Island 40, Jacksonville First Coast 22
Kissimmee Osceola 34, Oviedo 14
Lakeland 41, Winter Springs 8
Tampa Alonso 47, Tampa Newsome 37
Tampa Bay Tech 22, Tarpon Springs East Lake 6
Tampa Plant 59, Plant City 14

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
Clearwater Countryside 47, Tampa Bay Tech 20
Fleming Island 35, Daytona Beach Seabreeze 21
Lakeland 30, Osceola 14
Tampa Plant 77, Tampa Alonso 16

REGIONAL FINALS
Lakeland 43, Orange Park Fleming Island 29
Tampa Plant 24, Clearwater Countryside 9

STATE SEMIFINAL
Tampa Plant 20, Lakeland 0

SOUTH
REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

Bradenton Manatee 52, St. Petersburg Gibbs 15
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 66, Coral Springs 8
Hollywood South Broward 14, Coconut Creek 6
Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson 20, West Boca Raton 14
Melbourne 4, Lantana Santaluces 0
Palm Bay Bayside 17, Royal Palm Beach 13
Pompano Beach Ely 49, Wellington 3
St. Petersburg 28, Venice 21

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
Bradenton Manatee 21, St. Petersburg 7
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 63, South Broward 0
Palm Bay Bayside 28, Melbourne 3
Pompano Beach Ely 34, Boyd Anderson 26

REGIONAL FINALS
Bradenton Manatee 31, Palm Bay Bayside 14
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 28, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely 16

STATE SEMIFINAL
Bradenton Manatee 28, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 20

STATE FINAL
Tampa Plant 21, Bradenton Manatee 14

4A
NORTH
REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

Fort Walton Beach 42, Pensacola Pine Forest 36 (OT)
Gainesville 17, Hudson 0
Lakeland Lake Gibson 42, St. Cloud 12
Lake City Columbia 24, Tallahassee Leon 14
Niceville 52, Pace 30
Orlando Edgewater 29, Haines City 8
Tallahassee Lincoln 36, Jacksonville Ed White 21
Tarpon Springs 54, Ocala Lake Weir 20

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
Niceville 63, Fort Walton Beach 14
Orlando Edgewater 17, Lake Gibons 14 (OT)
Tallahassee Lincoln 20, Lake City Columbia 14
Tarpon Springs 35, Gainesville 28

REGIONAL FINALS
Niceville 45, Tallahassee Lincoln 31
Orlando Edgewater 41, Tarpon Springs 20

STATE SEMIFINAL
Niceville 30, Orlando Edgewater 7

SOUTH
REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

Cape Coral 27, Bradenton Lakewood Ranches 0
Fort Lauderdale Stranahan 23, Palm Beach Lakes 21
Largo 24, Tampa Hillsborough 3
New Smyrna Beach 35, Stuart South Fork 21
Palm Bay 37, Fort Pierce Central 7
Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer 53, Hollywood Hills 0
Punta Gorda Charlotte 27, Cape Coral Ida Baker 7
Seffner Armwood 22, Tampa Sickles 9

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
New Smyrna Beach 8, Palm Bay 7
Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer 65, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan 7
Punta Gorda Charlotte 24, Cape Coral 16
Seffner Armwood 49, Largo 3

REGIONAL FINALS
Seffner Armwood 25, Punta Gorda Charlotte 17
Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer 42, New Smyrna Beach 6

STATE SEMIFINAL
Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer 41, Seffner Armwood 15

STATE FINAL (Saturday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m)
Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer (13-1) vs. Niceville (12-1)

3A
NORTH
REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

Citra North Marion 34, Brooksville Nature Coast 22
Green Cove Springs Clay 31, St. Augustine Menendez 28
Jacksonville Andrew Jackson 42, Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee 7
Ocala Vanguard 37, Dunnellon 25
Pensacola 31, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny 0
St. Augustine 31, St. Johns Bartram Trail 7
St. Petersburg Lakewood 36, Dade City Pasco 25

REGIONAL SEMIFINAL
Citra North Marion 35, Vanguard 19
St. Augustine 34, Clay 21
Tampa Jefferson 20, St. Petersburg Lakewood 15
Pensacola 7, Jacksonville Andrew Jackson 6

REGIONAL FINALS
Pensacola 9, St. Augustine 0
Tampa Jefferson 35, Citra North Marion 6

STATE SEMIFINALS
Pensacola 20, Tampa Jefferson 0

SOUTH
REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

Bradenton Braden River 24, Winter Haven 21
Fort Pierce Westwood 7, Archbishop McCarthy 0
Lake Wales 30, Bradenton Southeast 27
Lehigh 15, Fort Myers Riverdale 7
Merritt Island 49, Boca Raton Olympic Heights 29
Miami Belen Jesuit 17, Miami Jackson 13
Miami Booker T. Washington 24, Miami Norland 14
South Fort Myers 48, Naples Barron Collier 21
Tampa Jefferson 43, Land O’Lakes 22

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
Fort Pierce Westwood 28, Merritt Island 13
Lake Wales 24, Bradenton Braden River 13
Lehigh 28, South Fort Myers 14
Miami Belen Jesuit 19, Miami Booker T. Washington 17

REGIONAL FINALS
Lake Wales 16, Lehigh Acres Lehigh 0
Miami Belen Jesuit 27, Fort Pierce Westwood 20

STATE SEMIFINALS
Miami Belen Jesuit 21, Lake Wales 14

STATE FINAL
Pensacola 28, Miami Belen Jesuit 7

2A
NORTH
REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Cocoa 35, Orlando Jones 6
Glen St. Mary Baker 26, Madison County 17
Tallahassee Godby 27, Jacksonville Ribault 14
Titusville Astronaut 44, Orlando Bishop Moore 14

REGIONAL FINAL
Cocoa 29, Titusville Astronaut 0
Tallahassee Godby 26, Baker County 19

STATE SEMIFINAL
Cocoa 17, Tallahassee Godby 16

SOUTH
REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

American Heritage Plantation 34, Boynton Beach 13
Belle Glade Glades Central 27, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 3
Tampa Robinson 42, Arcadia DeSoto 21
Wauchulla Hardee County 49, Tampa Jesuit 21

REGIONAL FINAL
Belle Glade Glades Central 46, American Heritage 20
Tampa Robinson 41, Wauchulla Hardee County 18

STATE SEMIFINAL
Belle Glade Glades Central 33, Tampa Robinson 0

STATE FINAL
Cocoa 27, Belle Glade Glades Central 13

2B
NORTH
REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Jacksonville Bolles 48, Williston 0
Ocala Trinity Catholic 33, Callahan West Nassau 13
Pensacola Catholic 41, Perry Taylor County 35
Tallahassee Florida High 34, Walton 21

REGIONAL FINALS
Jacksonville Bolles 24, Ocala Trinity Catholic 13
Pensacola Catholic 44, Florida High 7

STATE SEMIFINAL
Jacksonville Bolles 55, Pensacola Catholic 0

SOUTH
REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Coconut Creek North Broward Prep 38, Miami Gulliver Prep 33
Hollywood Chaminade Madonna 35, Pahokee 0
Orlando Lake Highland Prep 28, Cape Coral Island Coast 0
Tampa Catholic 29, Fort Myers Dunbar 13

REGIONAL FINALS
Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 35, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep 18
Tampa Catholic 31, Orlando Lake Highland Prep 21

STATE SEMIFINAL
Tampa Catholic 7, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 6

STATE FINAL
Jacksonville Bolles 21, Tampa Catholic 7

1A
NORTH
REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Bristol Liberty County 24, Santa Rosa Beach South Walton 17
Freeport 48, Blountstown 12
Melbourne Central Catholic 31, Tallahassee North Florida Christian 27
Jacksonville Trinity Christian 42, Crescent City 10

REGIONAL FINALS
Freeport 35, Liberty County 20
Jacksonville Trinity Christian 48, Melbourne Central Catholic 12

STATE SEMIFINAL
Jacksonville Trinity Christian 36, Freeport 14

SOUTH
REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Delray 28, Miami Westminster Christian 14
Cross City Dixie County 35, Tampa Berkeley Prep 21
Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian by forfeit
Fort Meade 21, Wildwood 7

REGIONAL FINALS
Delray American Heritage 63, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian 14
Fort Meade 49, Cross City Dixie County 7

STATE SEMIFINAL
Delray Beach American Heritage 9, Fort Meade 7

STATE FINAL
Delray American Heritage 30, Jacksonville Trinity Christian 20

1B
NORTH
REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Hawthorne 26, Tallahassee FAMU 6
Melbourne Florida Air Academy 31, Orlando Pine Castle Christian 7
Monticello Jefferson County 39, Mayo Lafayette 7
South Daytona Beach Warner Christian 44, Orlando Agape Christian 7

REGIONAL FINALS
Hawthorne 38, Jefferson County 28
So. Daytona Warner Christian 16, Florida Air Academy 12

STATE SEMIFINAL
South Daytona Beach Warner Christian 46, Hawthorne 20

SOUTH
REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Belle Glade Glades Day 47, Miami MacArthur North 24
Fort Myers Evangelical Christian 38, Lakeland Victory Christian 31
Jupiter Christian 63, Hollywood Sheridan Hills Christian 7
Sarasota Out of Door Academy 41, St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut 17

REGIONAL FINAL
Belle Glades Day 45, Jupiter Christian 44 (OT)
Sarasota Out of Door Academy 32, Evangel Christian 18

STATE SEMIFINAL
Belle Glade Glades Day 48, Sarasota Out of-Door Academy 20

STATE FINALS
Belle Glades Day 27, South Daytona Beach Warner Christian 20 (OT)

Goulds wins Pop Warner title

Goulds Rams Caputure Division II Pop Warner Midget Super Bowl Champion – Crowned Tomlin Champions

By Scott McAdams
Courtesy of Pop Warner

ORLANDO – The Greater Goulds Rams of the Southeast Region defeated the Fort Worth Colts, TX, 34-13, in the Division II Midget Super Bowl Championship game at the 53rd Annual Pop Warner Super Bowl, Friday to capture the Tomlin Championship named after Pop Warner founder Joe Tomlin. Three more Miami-area teams will be competing for Pop Warner Super Bowl Championships on Saturday and will air on ESPN360.

Coach John Lester is a winner in his third try at the Super Bowl. He was virtually speechless when asked of his team’s accomplishment.

“It really hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Lester, “I just know that this championship is great for our program.”

The Rams set the tone from the opening kickoff as Jacob McCray returned the ball across mid-field to the Colts 32 yard line. A first down got the Rams into the red zone, and then a fourth down conversion from the 12 set the table for their running back.

On first down Devan Walker ran right up the middle, untouched into the end zone. Following a successful two-point conversion the Rams jumped ahead to an early 8-0 lead. The first of two rushing touchdowns Walker would have on the day.

The Rams kicked the ball away and following four straight stops, including a fourth-and-eleven try, the Rams offense took the reins again from the Colts 32.

Three short running plays set up yet another fourth-and-four situation for the Rams. Rolling out to his right, quarterback Darryl Tillman found McCray in the corner of the end zone. A failed extra point attempt brought the score to 14-0 in the final seconds of the first quarter.

The second quarter consisted of two long Ft. Worth drives with one offensive snap taken in between by the Rams. It was McCray again, this time on an 81-yard touchdown run. McCray broke tackles and tip-toed along each sideline on his way to the end zone.

A stubborn Rams defense held their opponent scoreless through two quarters and headed into the half with a confident 20-0 lead.

The Colts put together a strong drive to open up the second half concluded by a 10-yard touchdown run. Following the extra-point the Rams lead was reduced. With five minutes left remaining in the third quarter the score was 20-7 in favor of the Rams.

The Colts were rejuvenated but only temporarily. A strong and consistent running attack was the answer for the Rams. With 1:51 remaining in the quarter, Danyon Gilbert, scored on a five-yard run around the outside.

With the deficit increasing, the Colts were sloppy through the remainder of the game. Late hits and offside penalties were prevalent.

The game was clearly controlled by the Rams offense. Walker’s second rushing touchdown came at the two minute mark from 48-yards out, and for the second time he scampered into the end zone untouched.

“The offensive line was great,” said Walker, “they provided the holes and I just ran right through them.”

A late touchdown by the Colts was the last of the scoring.

The Rams ended the game with a kneel down in victory formation and the celebration began.

Coach John Lester and the Goulds Rams were and are, Pop Warner National Champions.

December 11, 2009

1A STATE FINAL: Championship: American Heritage 30, Trinity Christian 20, (Final)

ORLANDO - For the second time in three years, American Heritage Delray comes away with a state title.

Coach Willie Bueno's Stallions capped off a brilliant season with a 30-20 win over previously unbeaten Jacksonville Trinity Christian at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

American Heritage Delray got on the board first at the 2:49 mark of the first quarter when Harewood Higgs and Casey Shoemaker combined to tackle Marvel Taylor in the endzone for a safety.

Trinity Christian took a 6-2 lead when Andrew Buie found Charles Hawkins for a 20-yard scoring strike with 11:07 left in the first half.

American Heritage took a 9-6 lead with 6:55 left in the first half when West Virginia University-bound Darius Millines scored on a 5-yard run.

Millines came back with :11 left in the first half as he scored on a 49-yard and a 16-6 advantage.

Buie cut the lead to 16-13 with 7:06 left in the third quarter when he went 35 yards.

Millines extended the Stallions lead to 23-13 with 3:24 left in the third quarter on a 22-yard scamper.

Ahmad Christian narrowed the gap to 23-20 when he bolted 99 yards with 7:34 left in the game.

Millines scored once again with 1:55 left in the game when he went in from the two. The point after gave the Stallions a 30-20 advantage.


Trinity Christian 0 6 7 7 - 20
American Heritage 2 14 7 7 - 30
AH - Marvel Taylor tackled in the endzone for a safety, 2-0, 2:49 (1)
TC - Charles Hawkins 20 pass from Andrew Buie (kick failed), 6-2, 11:07 (2)
AH - Darius Millines 5 run (Justin Haig kick), 9-6, 6:55 (2)
AH - Darius Millines 49 run (Justin Haig kick), 16-6, :11 (2)
TC - Andrew Buie 35 run (Banner Clark kick), 16-13, 7:06 (3)
AH - Darius Millines 22 run (Justin Haig kick), 23-13, 3:24 (3)
TC - Ahmad Christian 99 run (Banner Clark kick), 23-20, 7:34 (4)
AH - Darius Millines 2 run (Justin Haig kick), 30-20, 1:55 (4)

LARRY BLUSTEIN

State football semifinals live Twitter updates

Follow the three state semifinals involving Miami-Dade and Broward County football teams live tonight on this blog.

Andre Fernandez and J.T. Wilcox will be at the Class 6A semifinal between Central and Miramar at Traz Powell Stadium.

Manny Navarro will bring you updates from Belen's Class 3A semifinal against Lake Wales.

And Adam Beasley will bring you updates from St. Thomas Aquinas' Class 5A semifinal at Bradenton Manatee.

You can also follow Larry Blustein's updates from the Class 2A-1B state championships going on this weekend at the Citrus Bowl.

Enjoy!

Cody Riggs going to Florida

As he prepared for Friday’s 5A south region final against Bradenton Manatee, St. Thomas Aquinas defensive back Cody Riggs managed to steal the thunder from the playoffs on Friday by announcing that he would be attending the University of Florida.

The 5-9, 170-pounder, who had a banner junior season, productive spring and summer and an impressive senior year for the defending national champions, became the second member of the Raiders to commit in as many days. Teammate Lamarcus Joyner had announced that he would attend FSU the day before.

“Great pickup for the Gators,” said Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services. “He really made a name for himself during his junior year, especially during the playoff run.”

Schools such as Georgia, Notre Dame and Tennessee had also been in the mix for Riggs.


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1B STATE FINAL: Glades Day 27, Warner Christian 20, OT

ORLANDO – Belle Glades Day rode the legs of freshman Kelvin Taylor, who ran for 213 yards on 42 carries and 4 touchdowns Friday afternoon in a 27-20 overtime win over South Daytona Beach Warner Christian (12-2) in the 1B state finals at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Warner Christian got on the board first with 9:29 left in the first half when junior Breon Allen ran 60 yards for a touchdown. Rigby Coleman's extra point made it 7-0.

Glades Day scored on the last play of the half when Taylor went in from four yards out. The point after was no good.

The Gators took a 12-6 lead with :56 left in the third quarter when Taylor took it in from the 5.

Warner Christian took the lead with 9:34 left in the game when Shelton Willis found junior Sharod Williams open for a 22-yard scoring strike. The point after failed and the Eagles led 13-12.

The Gators took the lead back with 3:39 on yet another scoring run by Taylor. Tanner Reddish ran in the two-point coversion.

Warner Christian refused to stay down as Sharod Williams took a pitch from Rashad Green who caught a pass from Willis on a hook and trail play for 61 yards. Coleman's extra point tied the game and sent it into overtime.

In the first series of overtime, the Gators scored when Taylor went in for his fourth score of the game from three yards out. Joseph Langmeyer's kick made it 27-20.

Warner Christian 0 7 0 13 0 - 20
Glades Day 0 6 6 8 7 - 27
WC - Breon Allen 60 run (Rigby Coleman kick), 7-0 9:29 (2)
GD - Kelvin Taylor 4 run (kick failed), 7-6 0:00 (2)
GD - Kelvin Taylor 5 run (run failed), 12-7 :56 (3)
WC - Sharod Williams 22 pass from Shelton Willis (pass failed), 13-12 9:34 (4)
GD - Kelvin Taylor 1 run (Tanner Reddish run), 20-13, 3:39 (4)
WC - Sharod Williams 61 pass from Shelton Willis (Rigby Coleman kick), 20-20, 2:01 (4)
GD - Kelvin Taylor 3 run (Joseph Langmeyer kick) OT, 27-20

LARRY BLUSTEIN

December 10, 2009

Pop Warner national championships

The Pop Warner Super Bowl will take place this weekend at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and 64 of the nation’s top youth football compete for a National Championship.  

The City of Miami will be well represented in this event with four teams advancing to the Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship Games on Friday and Saturday.  

Here is a rundown on this weekend's games:

Friday, Dec. 11
Goulds Rams –
Goulds returns for their second year at the Pop Warner Super Bowl and will play on Friday, Dec. 11 at 3:00 PM for the Division II Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship against the Ft. Worth Colts (TX).  They advanced to the title game after defeating the Asbury Park Blue Bishops (NJ) 16-14.

Saturday, Dec. 12
Note:
 All Saturday games will air on ESPN360 live and the Division I Midget Super Bowl will be filmed and air tape delay on ESPN2 on Christmas Day at 6PM.

Liberty City Warriors – Founded by 2 Live Crew member Luther Campbell, the Liberty City Warriors return to the Pop Warner Super Bowl for the first time in six years.  There quest for a National Championship began when they defeated the Holy Cross Knights (San Antonio) on Sunday and then defeated the BlackHawks Athletic Club (Philadelphia) yesterday 13-6.  Liberty City Warriors will take on the Shaker Fire (Cleveland) in the Division I Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee Championship on Saturday at 8:30 AM.

Florida City Razorbacks – Florida City are at the Pop Warner Super Bowl for the first time and won their first game on Sunday beating the Canyon Hills Cowboys (Los Angeles).  Yesterday, they took on the Berkeley Jr. Bears (Berkeley, CA) and won 29-0 to advance to the Division I Pop Warner Pee Wee Championship on Saturday at 10:30 AM.  They will take on a tough team from Washington, DC – the Washington Hornets who can match the Razorbacks explosive offense and advanced to the title game after defeating the Arlington Thunder (TX) 39-14.

Richmond Giants – Led by RB Tim Irvin (nephew of former Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Irvin and cousin of Michigan State star and current assistant coach at Alabama, Sedrick Irvin) the Richmond Giants had to come from behind three times to get to the Pop Warner Super Bowl for the second consecutive year and the coaches feel that built the character of this team to go all the way.  Richmond defeated the Rahway Chiefs (NJ) in the first round on Sunday and advanced to take on the Santa Clara Lions (CA) yesterday and defeated them 34-0 to advance to the marquee game this week – the Division I Pop Warner Midget Super Bowl.  Richmond will face the Oak Ridge Colts (NC) who beat the New Haven Steelers (CT) yesterday 26-14 and lost in last year’s Division I Midget Super Bowl to the Frankford Chargers (Philadelphia).