Miami Gardens, FL–The Florida Youth Football League, founded by international recording artist, Flo Rida, is playing host to one of the largest youth football events around the country this weekend. Beginning tonight, the Miami Garden based Chiefs and Ravens battle in a series of games on each age group from 5 through 14 for two days to determine who is the best. Oddly enough, both teams are on the same street and are only two blocks away. The video preview below shows a pre-season impromptu scrimmage where many age group teams from the Chiefs began walking down to the Ravens practice to ‘jump out’ and challenge them to a game. It’s all apart of what makes South Florida and the FYFL so special.
Here’s a brief preview of this weekend’s match ups.
5U (Super Pee Wee)- This game was played on yesterday to a 21-21 tie. Thus, it will not determine the winner.
7U- The Chiefs have to be considered the favorite on this division with coach Lee ‘Freezy’ Prince and Pearson Sutton’s team featuring the internet sensation ‘Golden Army’ that has easily the best uniforms in all of youth football. Prince is Flo Rida’s manager and head of IMG. He’s put together a great team and their main attraction is Elijah ‘Just Chill’ Hardy who is a man amongst his 7 year-old peers and a true must see talent. The Ravens have a talented 7U team with a 7-2 record but will be tasked with shutting down, arguably the league’s best player. It’s possibly too big a challenge.
8U- This is one of the featured games of the series. The 8-0 Ravens appear to be in a position to take this game because of their defense, they haven’t surrendered a point yet this season. However, the Chiefs come in undefeated also and are putting up big points. This will truly be a battle of wills on a neutral field where anything can happen.
9U– Another marquee match up is this nine-year old contest. Both teams come into the game with one loss, but coach Germ Carter’s Chiefs beat the opponent the Ravens lost too. The edge appears to be with the Chiefs but the teams are so evenly matched and tension between them so thick, anything is possible.
10U- Former Miami Hurricane linebacker Rod Mack is the head coach of the Ravens 10U known as the ‘Goon Squad.’ They are expected to feature their all white uniforms this evening making a case for the best uniform title they once held, until Golden Army debuted with designs from Nick Bailey. Mack’s ‘squad’ should be too much for the Chiefs team, who is 5-1 since they made a mid-season coaching change, but not by the 30+ point margin of victory being promoted by Ravens fans. We think the game will be much closer than that.
11U- This is another game where the Ravens are heavy favorites at 7-1 facing a 4-3 Chiefs team that has traditionally struggled during the past two seasons. NFL Veteran Torrie Cox formerly of the Tampa Bay Bucs, leads the Ravens team and his son Torrie, Jr. is the team’s best player as a blazing running back. Hotbed Middle School All-American Marcus Murray, Jr. known best as ‘Beast Mode,’ will pave the way for Cox on the ground to have a big game.
12U- Here’s a game where the Chiefs come in as heavy favorites with coach Toro ‘Ro’ Wallace at the helm of the undefeated Chiefs. They squeaked out their last two games against tough competition with fourth quarter comebacks and are founding into shape as possibly one of the nation’s best 12U teams. Hotbed All-Americans Katravis Geter, Jr. leads the Chiefs on offense and Terrence ‘T2’ Lewis, Jr. leads the team on defense. They are fast, physical and a total nightmare for the 3-5 Ravens team.
13U- The true featured game in the series. Head coach for the Ravens, Jermaine Romello and Derrick Sutherland for the Chiefs have two of the most gifted teams in the country at this age group. There are truly no weaknesses. Both teams have aggressive offensive coordinators and sound fundamentals. This game will come down to the poise of the Chiefs’ Hotbed All-American QB Edwin Rhodes. paced against the big play ability of the Ravens athlete, Dedrick Stanley. Expect standing room only when these teams do battle.
14U- The Chiefs lost a one score game to the undefeated Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes and they smell blood. This will be their second biggest test of the season but they should handle the Ravens with some ease. However, the magnitude of the game and an early Saturday game time might just be enough for the upset minded Ravens 14U team to gain an unexpected edge. Time will tell.