“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.