Boynton Beach, FL– The top ranked youth football team in the country, the 14 and under (14U) Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes, beat the No. 5 Miami Gardens Chiefs in the championship game of the Florida Youth Football League Sunday, 28-12. Led by the No. 1 rated 8th grader in the 2021 class (Youth1) in the country Amari Daniels was the most valuable player as he scored three (3) rushing touchdowns for the Hurricanes, amassing over 200 yards on the ground.
He was aided by contributions from a strong defensive effort provided by the defensive line tandem of Tyreak Sapp and Justin Fevrier along with defensive backs Ja’Den McBurrows and linebacker David Jean-Charles, Jr. Head coach Chris McGonigal was confident that his team would come out victorious as he said pre-game that if his team played with a high level of energy “it would be a long night for those guys.”
He was right.
The final score is not a true indicator of how dominate the Canes were. The halftime score was 16-0 and there really were no real signs of offensive life for the Miami Gardens Chiefs. The score reached 22-0 in the fourth quarter before the Chiefs finally got on the board while the Canes subbed in defenders who provide depth.
Arguably their best player, Katravis Geter, barely touched the ball even after a few long runs. The difference for the Hurricanes was their massive offensive line that gave Daniels a strong push and opened large holes for him to run through on his way to breaking tackles and getting into the end zone.
Offensively on the line, the Canes were anchored by Laurence Seymore III and Alton Tarber. Both are Hotbed Middle School All-Americans along with Daniels, McBurrows, Sapp and Fevrier.
Now the Hurricanes will look to post season play as a unit in State Championship match ups. Much of the team will become the 8th grade Broward County FBU National Championship team that will seek to defend their title won at the 7th grade level last season. That tournament begins the weekend after thanksgiving nation wide in seven different cites across the country.