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Monday, 18 November 2013 18:55

Championship Summaries

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The playoffs were awesome. But, Sunday November 17th, 2013 was all about Champions!!!!!  The benefit that we have this week is that we filled both of the games using the best videographer in the game, Mohamed Fahs.  We have not been able to film all of the games during the Fall like we normally do for the Spring Varsity seasons, but we had to pull out all of the stops for these games. 

You can see this game in one of two ways!!!  The absolute best way is to get a DVD of this game in High Definition that you can enjoy forever, whenever and wherever you like to see it.  No gift will be more valuable than a copy of these games in HD.  You also have the benefit if seeing the SEN Televison Re-air of the live event, which is linked at the bottom of the page.

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GAME #1: Gorc Wildcats 21 vs MoHo Co Lions 0 (JV)

The moment that we get copies of the film, we are going to provide for you blow by blow details of this game that will rock your world.  I expect to get the footage this evening some time and will pour over this game with a fine tooth comb.  For the teaser, just know this was one of the most hard fought games for 3.5 quarters as you have ever seen.  It looked like we were going to have an overtime game before the field position found MoHo Co backed up on their own one yard line and trying to punt with a little over 5 minutes to go in the game.

Both defenses were lights out for 3 full quarters and neither offense could score.  It was special teams that made the difference in this one when a the Lions punt was blocked into the back of the end zone causing a safety and putting 2 points on the board.  The Wildcats ran the free kick back for a TD and within and instant, the score was 8 - 0.  As the Lions desperately tried to mount a comeback, the Wildcats defense picked off 2 passes and ran them back for late TD's to make the score 21 - 0.  Details to come!!!

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GAME #2: Westlake Bulldogs 44 vs MoHo Co Lions 12 (Varsity)

We can't wait to get to the film and the details on this one.  It was very exciting with 5 TD's being scored in the first quarter.  Westlake scored on their first play of the game with Rashard Jackson breaking off a 60 yard run behind some great line blocking and unbelievable down field blocking by Noah Taylor.  The second time Westlake got the ball, DeJuan Ellis rolled out looking for a receiver, and when he couldn't find one he pulled it down and ran like only he can run.  He want about 65 yards for the 2nd TD before the fans could get their pizza from the concession stand and it looked like it was going to be a rout.

But, the proudful Lions came roaring back!  QB Doc Bonner hit Cooper McGeehan on a TE pop pass and he rambled almost 70 yard for the score to drive the fans wild.  Jason Labbe for the Bulldogs then hit a 55 yard run down the 1 yard line and scored on the ensuing play.  On the kickoff, Zachary "Spanky" Dixon broke through the first line of defense and ran it all the way back for the TD, closing the score to 18 - 12 and we looked like we had a barn burner.  The halftime score was 25 - 12, but in the 2nd half the Bulldogs controlled the clock and game and put up 19 more points to close the show.

An extremely detailed summary will be on the way as soon as I get my hands on that video!!

 

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Friday, 15 November 2013 18:30

Round #2 Playoff Summary

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The first round of the GMAFL playoffs was very exciting.  But Round 2 was even better. We had our #1's play our #4's at the JV and Varsity level, as well as our #2's vs our #4's and the only game that was not close was the Westlake vs Hamilton Varsity game.  It was a thrilling day at a gorgeous facility and God Blessed us with a beautiful day of weather.

GAME #1: Gorc Wildcats 12 vs Hamilton Tigers 0 (JV)

Hamilton made a fantastic run at the end of the season to put themselves in position to make it to the Championship game like they did in the Spring JV League.  They lost to Gorc in the last game of the Spring regular season but came out and shocked them in the playoffs and made it to the ship.  They had all the confidence in the world that they could do it again, and they found themselves in a slugfest with the undefeated Wildcats.  But, the Cats defense was just too much for the Hamilton offense.  With Gorc stacking the box with the best set of LB's in the league, speedster Jabriel Johnson was not able to find any running room and the Tiger offense screached to a halt.

The defense for the Tigers was scrappy all day and held Gorc to only a slim 6 - 0 lead into the 4th quarter when track star Ashton Allen fielded a punt that went over his head and used his blazing speed to return it for a 65 yard touchdown, sealing the game and the trip to the ship for Gorc.


GAME #2: Westlake Bulldogs 39 vs Hamilton Tigers 0 (Varsity)


The Tigers were able to move the ball in the first quarter on the Bulldogs going back to the old wing style of offense that made them legendary in the past.  It was a version of the offense that the MD Seahawks used when they upset Westlake early in the year.  But, Westlake made some adjustments midway through the first quarter and unleashed an onslaught of offense and defense that Hamilton couldn't handle.  The Bulldog offensive line was purely dominant in this game, overpowering the big Tigers at the point of attack.  In the first game, Westlake showed the aerial assault and came away with a 33 - 0 victory on Sept 28th.  Hamilton had revenge on their minds, but this would not be the day.  The Bulldogs were focused with about 20 High School coaches dotting the sidelines.  Rashard Jackson looked like Adrian Peterson bursting through holes and showing off his turbo boosts, and DeJuan Ellis made spectacular plays on offense and had an interception that you need reply to appreciate.  The Bulldogs were impressive across the board and roll into the Championship Game with a ton of momentum.


GAME #3: MoHo Co Lions 20 vs Marlboro Mustangs 19 (JV)


Clearly one of the best games of the season.  A defensive struggle with offensive outbursts on both sides of the ball.  Marlboro was stout on defense and explosive on offense and fought from behind over and over again.  They have arguably the best collection of 7th graders in the region and they proved it on this day.  But, MoHo Co is just a well balanced and exciting team.  Chris Clark is just an amazing playmaker that has played big in every game this year.  6th grade QB Trace Campbell makes big time throws and creates offense with his feet and arms, and 6th Grade FB/LB Antione Littleton Jr is just a man child on the field who was just too much for Marlboro to stop on this day.  MoHo sends their JV to ship to see undefeated Gorc in a rematch of monumental proportions!!!


GAME #4: MoHo Co Lions 26 vs Gorc Wildcats 16 (Varsity)


Gorc jumped out to a 16 - 6 lead at halftime on the legs of Kevin Byrd who is an emerging superstar.  Gorc QB Trent Jackson opened up the game dropping bombs on MoHo Co and hit the big pass down the sidelines to start the scoring.  With the defense that they have it looked bleak for the Lions initially.  Two weeks ago, their defense sacked star QB Doc Bonner 7 times and knocked him out of the game with intense pressure.  We were not sure if we were even going to see Doc Bonner until FBU Season began, but this kid is just a winner and he showed the crowd what all the fuss was about.  Not only is the kid a lights out QB, but he plays a heck of a DE position and turned the game around with an interception returned for a Touchdown that gave the Lions the confidence they needed to turn the corner.  The Lion defense stepped up strong in the 2nd half and caused a number of turnovers that led to scoring opportunities that they were able to convert.  Chance Campbell did a great job of running down the stretch when Lion ball carriers were having problems holding on to the football in the cold weather.  We talk a lot about his 6th grade QB brother, but the kid Chance Campbell made the most of his chances and impressed us a great deal.  MoHo Co will move on to the Ship to take on the Mighty Westlake Bulldogs in what we expect to be a thriller.

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Saturday, 02 November 2013 00:40

Round #1 Playoff Summary

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The first round of the GMAFL playoffs was very exciting!!!  We didn't have the top 2 seeds play for the JV or Varsity on the field, because they had byes.  The cool part was that several of the players with byes still showed up to scout the competition because they understand that is WIN or GO Home time. 

On the JV level, Gorc and MoHo Co earned the 1st and 2nd Seeds and received byes.  On the Varsity level, Westlake and MoHo Co earned the 1st and 2nd seeds and received byes.  Big shout out to the MoHo Co Lions for both divisions earning #2 seeds in their first year of existence!!!  The future of that 1st year program is very bright.

We also want to give a big shout out to the crowd that showed up strong on a beautiful day.  We actually didn't expect a deep crowd yesterday.  With our top two teams not playing, and us going head to head with the St. Johns vs Gonzaga classic, we were really not sure how many would show up.  On paper, we didn't have the best match ups, and we didn't promote the 1st week very heavily, as we did not want to disappoint the fans with a sub par slate of games during Grassroots Wildcard Weekend.

Boy, did the crowd surprise us and the kids did as well.  The games were not extremely close if you just look at the scores.  But, the kids played their hearts out and all 4 of them were exciting in their own right.  Check the summaries below.

GAME #1: Marlboro 55, Fatz Bulldogs 0 (JV)

This was the only game that was not very compelling.  The young Bulldogs have a number of 6th graders and they did fight to the end this whole season.  They learned a lot and a few of their players stood up and stood out.  But, for the most part they were over matched this year.  We were so proud of them because they showed up every game and gave it their all.  They never quit and they are only going to get better and better.  The Marlboro Mustangs are just plain impressive!!!  They have some 7th graders on their team that will be some of the highest recruited players in the Class of 2019.  RB/DB Tyriek Blount is an electrifying scat back who showed great vision, quickness and speed all season, as well as against the Bulldogs on a number of impressive runs in the game.  QB Mike Sumner didn't need to have a big day yesterday, as the Mustangs did it on the ground, but he had a 4 TD passing game this year, has a father that is 6'4, a mother 5'10, and a chance to be a monster.  He will be training with former Syracuse All American QB Marvin Graves and has a very bright future.  WR Tamar Campbell is arguably the best in the JV league.  He is new to football but he has everything you can't teach.  Stands about 5'10 already, and has blazing speed and great hands.  He is long and lean and he is going to be a problem for DB's for years to come.  Keep your eye on him.  Marlboro has arguably two of the best 3 Technique DT's in the DMV.  Harrison Wallace and Keith Broadnax look like straight menaces to offensive lines right now.  Both are stout, thick, aggressive and play with mean streaks.  Very hard to block those kids.  They both had field days all season, as well as yesterday.  RB Dominic Logan-Nealy is a freakish athlete, who showed us the package yesterday.  Has the perfect size for a RB, has the speed, agility, and power.  He is a scary prospect with ideal TB size.  If you want a bigger back with power and speed, you need to look no further than Darius McBride.  This kid killed the Bulldogs yesterday, but has been dominant in every game that he has played in.  Mustangs have even more talent than that, and we will get each deserving kid their due, but I wanted to highlight these few this week.  We will address the others after the 2nd round next week.  Marlboro has a great team that is coming into it's own and peaking at the right time.  They have a legitimate shot to win the Championship this year.

 

GAME #2: Hamilton 27. Westlake Bulldogs 7 (JV)

This game was a lot closer than the score would indicate.  Those young Bulldogs are as scrappy as they come.  I don't know if I have ever been more proud of a group of kids than them.  They have about 70% 6th graders on their team this year.  They are small, but boy are they tough.  They have a few elite level 7th Graders on their team.  RB Michael "The Panther" Prather has distinguished himself as a top shelf tailback with excellent vision and quickness.  All he has to do is work on adding one more gear of top end speed when he breaks one and he will move into the super elite category.  LB Andre "Cat Burglar" Benson has a motor that won't stop and brings relentless heat every play.  Kameron Adams is just one of the best DL in the state of MD.  He has the whole package.  Big, strong, quick, tough.  Adams is a truly special prospect.  They have other good 7th graders as well that we will highlight, like Brandon Reem and MelTeon "Boopy" Davis, who we may call the Bionic Man as we saw him come back from a severe ankle sprain last week.  He left in an ambulance last week and was back on the field this week.  Tremendous player.  But, it is the 6th graders that have us so excited about what they can and will become as a result of playing against these elite level 7th graders.  Kids like OL Trayvon Branch, who has a future so bright he will need sunglasses, are going to be the future of the Westlake Bulldogs.  With that being said, they just were not enough for the mighty Hamilton Tigers who are on a roll right now and primed to make some serious noise in the playoffs.  They broke out the brand new uniforms with the names on the back for the playoffs and they sure did look good.  They not only looked good, but they played even better.  If you don't know about Jabriel "G5 Jet" Johnson by now, you must be living in a cave.  Simply the best JV running back in the league this year.  G5 went off on the Bulldogs yesterday with a series of impressive runs and scores.  Running behind FB/LB NyJae Boyd, who is a dominant football player who can do it all.  Reminds you of the old school FB that just mauls LB's.  Every HS program can use a player like Boyd.  He played lights out in the victory.  The offensive line is the heart and soul of the Tigers.  With Anthony Anderson, Kijuan Williams, Carrelle Matthews, and Warren Cornish.  Those kids open up the holes for the elusive running backs to exploit.  DB Noah Costopolous has shown tremendous toughness and cover skills.  DB/RB Quizzon Tarver is the defensive version of the Jet.  He has great speed, instincts, and the ability to take out the opposing teams top receiver, as he did against the Bulldogs.  Tarver was also impressive as a ball carrier yesterday with several slick runs.  LB Deontay Mayo is a rising star.  Extremely aggressive and hard hitting ball player.  Cameron Hart moved back to safety and has been very effective, but his kicking could help the Tigers win a Championship as he knocked through the uprights a perfect extra point.  They have long, tall, WR who has begun to establish himself as one of the potentially elite WR's in the league.  His name is Jamal Randle and you need to get to know him.  He has been a difference maker as the Tiger have gotten hot and made this playoff run.  The biggest impact on this team has been made but a gutsy little 6th grade QB, who took over the reigns a couple of weeks ago and the Tigers have looked great since them.  His name is Kylen Austin.  Not very big in height yet.  But, the heart is big and the skill set is looking very intriguing.  Tigers have a legitimate shot to win this Championship.

 

GAME #3: Gorc Wildcats 34. Ft. Hunt Federals (Varsity)

This was another one where the score was not close, but it was exciting.  The Federals lost the game and went winless on the year, but the improvement that they made was considerable for all to see.  They started out with an old school wedge offense that took us back to the 40's because they didn't have a QB.  They ended up finding one about midway through the season.  LB Zack "Monster Mash" Monson is not only a devastating, play making LB, but he has shown us that he has the ability to be an effective QB as well.  We love Monson.  He was able to hit 7th Grade WR Hunter Stewart on a couple of beautiful post passes on the day.  One of which, Stewart almost had a chance to score.  The Federals had some of their biggest plays of the season in the playoff game.  Stewart has great size and we expect to see him do big things in the future.  DL Maxwell Towler is a baller for Ft. Hunt.  RB Deveon Walton has the toughness that you need to be an effective HS player.  They have a flat out star RB in Amir "Pound for Pound" Jordan.  This kid has been doing it since he was a 6th grader for Grassroots.  Great vision, tremendous quickness, and as gutsy a football player as I have ever seen.  Not big in stature, but HUGE in heart and skill.  On the defensive side of the ball, they feature LB John Holzworth, aka "Wrestlemania."  Holzworth is just a freak!  If you don't know the name by now, you are not a Grassroots fan.  He is a terror on the wrestling mat, where he is an All American.  But on the football field, he is the heart and soul of the Federals.  Two huge sacks in the game, relentless pressure, too many tackles to keep track of.  I can't wait to see his high school career unfold.  But, they Federals were not able to contain the Wildcats on this day.  QB Trent "Action Jackson" came out firing and throwing a beautiful post TD to get the scoring going on the day to WR/DB/LB Ephraim Moore.  I could probably add more positions for Moore because he is arguably the most versatile player in the league.  You can line him up at any position and get immense productivity.  High School coaches love players like that and so do we.  Moore has a motor that refuses to turn off.  Jackson has great measurables and his upside us off the charts as he gets into high school.  The Wildcats executed the screen play to perfection in this game, allowing us to witness the game breaking speed and quickness of RB Kevin Byrd.  Byrd was flawless on the day wrecking havoc on the Federals secondary.  Jeremy "The WidowMaker" Mensah, who is always dominant from his LB position, was able to show off his FB skills yesterday as well.  This kid is just truly special.  Remember the name.  Parker Robinson is always strong and was again yesterday off the edge.  Joshua Taylor stuffed the run from the DT position.  More Wildcats will be highlighted as we go deeper into the playoffs, but as a group, the depleted Cats, who were missing a number of their better players were just too much for the Federals.  The Turner-Owens twins (Dezuan and Dejour) played lights out on defense like they always do, but the Wildcats showed a wrinkle yesterday by playing Dezuan at QB in the second half.  Not only did he complete a TD pass, but he showed off his running skills over and over again.  Watch out for WR's Eric Allen and DJ Brown next week at Georgetown Prep.  There is not question that Gorc has a chance to win the Varsity Championship.  They desperately want a shot at redemption against Westlake and if they can get through MoHo Co next week, they may have their shot.

 

GAME #4: Hamilton Tigers 31, Fatz Bulldogs 0 (Varsity)

This game was never in jeopardy as the Hamilton Varsity is beginning to come into it's own with a string of victories.  But, just as proud as we are of the Westlake Bulldog babies, we are just as proud of the Fatz Bulldog Varsity.  These kids took their lumps early and only have one victory on the year, but they have continued to not only show up, but to play hard and get better.  They have a number of kids that have benefitted greatly from this opportunity and put their names in the group of top players in the class of 2018.  OL/DL Vincent Moore has been tough and solid all season long.  WR/DB Hayden Frazier is a slick skill play maker that can get it done on both sides of the ball.  Qu Ran Hughes is one of the best RB talents in the league.  He makes the most out of every carry and almost took one to the house on the last play of the game.  Marcus Swann was dominant on the ground yesterday, running like a man possessed from the FB position.  But, the brightest star of the season has been Donald Brewer without a doubt.  The kid looks to be at least 6'1 and about 175lbs.  He can play anywhere on the field.  Even filled in a QB in this game.  But, he is a big time WR and KR prospect.  He is a fierce competitor with excellent speed.  His size is off the charts but his will to win can't be measured.  Just found out that the young man has a 4.0 GPA.  Donald Brewer ladies and gentleman.  Don't say we didn't try to tell you.  With all of that said, the mighty Tigers were too much for the Bulldogs and they are peaking at the right time.  They seem to be pulling it all together at the right time.  They got their QB Purnell "The Magic Man" Hill and he looked sharper than ever.  He is a great leader with a calm and cool presence that is perfectly suited for the playoffs.  The tigers have skill players that have serious talent.  Demontay Snowden showed off yesterday on the offensive side of the ball.  Outstanding agility and ankle breaking ability.  Garrett Scott, who filled in a QB while Hill was out helped the Tigers stay on course.  RB Josh Pugh's stock just rises higher and higher every time he touches the ball.  He runs with reckless abandon as if each carry may be his last, so he wants to make the most out of it.  He always does, as he did in Saturday's game.  DB/WR Keeshon Martin played well and is always consistent.  Dalen Barrey was solid again from his FB position and Zach Franks saw significant action on the day and was very effective.  The offensive juggernaut was Jemaine Jeter from his RB position.  He ran with great power and vision against the Bulldogs.  He punished defenders that tried to tackle him.  He showed the burst of speed that you need at the next level.  Jeter was very impressive yesterday running behind his powerful offensive line.  The Alpha Male Al Cornish had a very good game blocking, as did Ahman Hines and the rest of the OL.  The Tigers have a TE that is hands down the best in the league.  Thomas Booker has it all.  6'3, about 225 pounds.  He is only 13 years old, with great hands and feet developed on the basketball court.  This kid's upside if absolutely off the charts as this is only his 2nd year playing football.  Big, fast, strong, and by the way, carries a 4.0GPA at GILMAN of all places.  Nuff said..........On the defensive line, Calvin Carrol applied pressure all night on the Bulldogs.  The star of this game was the one and only "Man Beast" Jamal Shearin.  The Beast was unleashed on the Bulldogs in this game and he was purely spectacular.  The kid has so much talent and ability.  I got on him earlier in the year about taking plays off.  He is beginning to understand that with that much ability, all eyes are on him every play and he must go all out every single play.  He has been doing that very well throughout the season, but Saturday night was pinnacle for him.  He had a number of bone jarring tackles and wrecked havoc on a Fatz Bulldog team that had upset on it's mind.  The Tigers will have a rematch with the Westlake Bulldogs on Saturday, who embarrassed them on September 28th at Spalding 35 - 0.  I can assure you that they marked that date on their calendar and they will bring their A Game to Georgetown Prep next Saturday!!!  You need to be there to see it for yourself.

Sunday, 29 September 2013 21:30

Week #4 Summary

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Note: The site has been down for over two weeks and our summaries will be at the very least brief ones.  The second half of the season should be much more detailed.


GAME #1
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Gorc JV 24 vs Marlboro JV 0

Info: This game was a bit closer than the score would indicate.  Mike Sumner hit Asante Rutherford on a 15 yard pass that he used his speed to turn into a 60 yard TD for Marlboro, but they were not able to consistenty move the ball on offense.  Rutherford was the Mustang player of the game.  Tyrik Blount made some exciting plays but for the most part, the day belonged to Gorc's Defense led by Gerame Spraggins and Billy Wooden.  DeSean Spencer was lights out as well and was the player of the game for the Wildcats.  Joshua Dodd was impressive again as he is every week.  QB Sam Sweeney and TB Ryheem Tull were very good again.


Game #2:

MoHo Co Lions JV 32 vs Fatz Bulldogs JV 6

Info: The Lion player of the game was Tre "The Glow" Wade who had an opportunity to really shine on the day.  Antionne Littleton was dominant on the ground as the 6th grader continues to get better each week.  Matthew Lipp filled in at QB as the Lions rested star QB Trace Campbell to get ready for the Burning Sands.  Josiah Walters had a coming out party for MoHo Co as did George Wolo.  The Lions got contributions from everybody, with Marques "Mini-Cooper" Cooper toting the rock and getting into the end zone.  For the Bulldogs, Christian Taylor was the player of the game with a very strong performance.


Game #3

Westlake JV 0 vs Hamilton JV 19

Info: Those young Bulldogs are very well coached and are going to be something to see as they get older.  The majority of the team consists of 6th graders and they are going to take their lumps in this league.  They have a couple of 7th grade leaders with Michael "The Panther" Prather in the backfield and Melteon "Boopy" Davis on the OL.  Kam Adams is a future star.  But, there were not enough for these Hamilton Tigers, who are emerging.  Cam Hart is developing as a QB.  The Jabriel Johnson, AKA "The Jet" is a special talent and when he gets in behind Najee Boyd, and unstoppable blocker and LB, he is just hard to stop.  Their OL is getting better and better and we feel this team will be a tough out down the stretch.


Game #4

Gorc Wildcats Varsity 38 vs Ft. Hunt Federals Varsity 0

Info: Don't let the Ft. Hunt scores fool you.  These kids are improving every week.  Amir Jordan was able to move the chains behind a very big offensive line.  Daveon Walton had another good game, as did Hunter Wilkens. There are some players distinguishing themselves on this team.  Jay Holzworth is a star, but others are emeging around him.  They are going to beat somebody this year.  The Gorc Varsity was lights out on this day.  QB Trent Jackson took advantage of the good weather and showed off his arm.  WR Brandon Hines is just plain nice.  He may not be a household name yet, but all you need to do is watch him to see how good and exciting he is.  Jeremy "The Widowmaker" Mensah just brutalized folks with his power running.  He will be a superstar at the HS level.  DJ Brown is emerging as a next level reciever with great routes and hands.  Diamonte Stricker's name was called quite often for his play. The twins from Alabama are both legit ballers.  Keep an eye out for Dejour and Dezuan Turner-Owens.  They are both elite athletes who can play mutliple positions.  Marquis Whitley played well as the Wildcats played hard for their 3 teammates who were injured last week (Luca Hagen, Richard Dion, and Kendall McKissic).  Mensah and Holzworth were your players of the game.


Game #5

Fatz Bulldogs Varsity vs MoHo Co LIons Varsity 27

Info: This was the shocker of the day.  At halftime, the score was MoHo Co 8 and Fatz Bulldogs 6.  Hayden Frazier scooped up a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a TD.  The Bulldogs used the momentem to thwart the Lions defensively and they were only able to score once in the first half.  Grassroots Superstar QB Doc Bonner struck nicely though with a pin point pass to WR Cooper McGeehan for a 40 yard score to give the Lions the lead going into halftime.  The Lions coaching staff is super elite and they came out and took control in the second half.  Bonner went deep to speedster Brandon Willis and an unbelievable diving catch by Josh Kelly made the crowd and the HS coaches drop their jaws.  Sutter Urgo was very effective from his new halfback position and Spanky Dixon picked off a pass and took it back 65 yards for a late TD.  Jabari Bennett is officially unblockable and wrecked havoc on Marcus Swann and the Bulldog backfield.  A brightspot for the Bulldogs was 6'2 WR Donald Brewer who almost broke 2 kickoff returns for TD's.  He is a name to keep an eye on.  The Bulldogs have talent and are getting better every week.


Game #6

Westlake Bulldog Varsity 33 vs Hamilton Tigers Varsity 0

Info:  This was the shocker of the year so far.  We all knew Westlake was loaded and well coached.  But, this is truly scary.  If there is a better 8th grade team in the country I need to see them.  I have never seen anything quite like this.  Hamilton is a talented team and the biggest team in the league.  They have a very good staff and they have history.  This game was not a knock against them.  They were missing Jamal Shearin, who is one of their best OL/DL, but they still have plenty.  I am sure that TE Thomas Booker for one is disappointed at the loss, but he almost assured himself a spot on the MD State All Star Team with his performance Saturday Night.   Jamaine Jeter was solid when he had room, but there was not much room.  Josh Pugh was the highlight of the game for Hamilton with his tough, hard nosed running.  Westlake was just too much on this night. Dejuan Ellis was more spectacular than we have ever seen him.  I don't know the stat line yet, but his long balls were on point and accurate, with amazing touch.  His interemediate passes were like lasers.  The only incompletions that I saw were a couple of drops.  The kid only ran once, but it was truly a masterpiece that showed off is mind boggling speed and quickness.  He is on a mission to show the country that he is more than just a runner.  I have never seen anything like him at this age.  His weapons are endless.  6'2 190lb WR Noah Taylor ran a post pattern and looked like John Stallworth as he leaped and made a circus catch.  6' 175lb WR Raymond Boone made two leaping catches in the end zone that would have made college coaches drool. Not to mention is vicious hits on defense.  Randy Fields caught one of Ellis's bullets for a TD.  Jonathan Donnelly got into the action with a couple of sweek catches and lock down coverage from his corner position.  Chaz Crawford had a highlight reel pick 6 and showed blazing speed.  Jason Labbe impersonated Harry Houdini on an amazing run where it looked like he was going down.  Cant' wait to see the replay.  Rashard Jackson was impressive again on the ground, as was Dee Tull.  7th Grader Myles Harris just can't be blocked.  Cam Goode was a terror up the middle.  Evan Gregory and Devin Petrillo controlled both of the edges of the defense, just suffocating the Hamilton running attack.  Daniel Hood is the QB of an offensive line that just punishes you.  Austin Fontaine is a man among boys.  Keith Felton was solid at LB, as was Nick Gage at WR and Jalen Brown at DL.  There is a name that EVERY HS coach needs to get to know right now.  You know about most of the Westlake star players, but Deonte Hill is one of the most ridiculous athletes that you are going to see at the 8th grade level.  He had a run in this game that I can't even begin to describe.  You saw the toughness, you saw the agility, you saw the quickness.  You got to see the change of direction, along with the power.  Most importantly, you got to see the speed.  I hear he is a great basketball player as well, but if you sleep in this kid, you will be very sorry in a couple of years.

Sunday, 29 September 2013 20:25

Week #3 Summary

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Note: The site has been down for over two weeks and our summaries will be at the very least brief ones.  The second half of the season should be much more detailed.


GAME ONE (Friday Night at Walker Mill)
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Fatz Bulldogs Varsity 18 vs Ft. Hunt Varsity 0

Info: This was one of the closest and tightly fought games of the season so far.  After a tough two weeks for both teams playing against the upper level talent in the league, it was good to have to equal teams battling each other.  Ft. Hunt had the running game going behind a stout offensive line and scored first.  Daveon Walton played big, as did Zack Monson & Hunter Stewart.  Jay Holzworth was very tough, but without Amir "Pound for Pound" Jordan and Zaire Green on hand to run the ball, difficult for Ft. Hunt to sustain drives. The Bulldogs came back behind the arm of Marcus Swann, who took over the QB duties and led his team to the victory.  Vincent Moore was a stallwart on the OL for the Bulldogs.  Hayen Frazier and Quran Hughes were spectacular.  Donald Brewer is a very intriguing prospect as well.


Game #2: (Saturday at Loyola)

Marlboro JV 52 vs Fatz Bulldogs JV 7

Info: Marlboro got back on the winning track by jumping all over the Bulldogs in this one.  QB Mike Sumner was very effective through the air connecting with impressive WR Tamar Campbell.  Keith Broadnax and Robert Morgan were strong on defense.  Tyrik Blount is a baller.  When they get Darius McBride back from injury they are going to be that much more difficult to handle.  The Bulldogs just couldn't get very much of anything going on this day.


Game #3

Westlake JV 6 vs MoHo Co JV 6 in Triple OT

Info: Truly an amazing youth football game.  It was a slug fest up and down the field for 4 quarters with Westlake moving it on the ground and MoHo Co moving it through the air.  Andre Benson, "AKA The Cat Burglar" changed the whole tone of the game with his defense.  We call him the Cat Burgler because he keeps skeaking into the backfield undetected on a regular basis.  The Voyce suggested that opposing teams invest in an ADT security system to keep this kid out of their backfield.  He had at least 4 sacks on superstar 6th grade QB Trace Campbell and knocked him out of the game on one of the backside hits.  Without Campbell, the Lions offense sputtered.  When Antione "The Cannon" Littleton went down before halftime, it looked bleak for the Lions.  But, the played tough and contained Michael Prather and Eric Hampton to push it to overtime.  Littleton came back, while Campbell made a Superman impression and suited back up on a gimpy knee, but Dion Wilkens picked him off on OT.  After 3 hard fought sessions, the game ended in a tie with the Bulldog defense led by Kam Adams shutting down the LIons.  Matthew Lipp is a name to remember for the Lions, as is Chris Clark and Tre Wade.


Game #4

Gorc JV 27 vs Hamilton JV 7

Info: Game was closer than the score would indicate.  But this Gorc team is special.  The base of them made up the 6th Grade MD State All Star Team that won the Mid Atlantic Championship last year.  QB Sam Sweeney is a dual threat athlete that can run equally as well as he throws.  He has a ton of athletes to choose from.  Austin and Ashton Allen and Joshua Dodd were too tough on the Hamilton defense.  The OL, lead by Branden Puller and Devin Grinnage is stout and consistently opened holes for Ryheem "Ounce for Ounce" Tull, Gerame "Worm" Spraggins, and William "Boom" Oliver.  Defensively, Derek Flournoy, Billy Wooden, DeSean Spencer, and Adrian Hood were suffocating all day.  On the Hamilton side, Jabriel "Jet" Johnson was contained for the first time all season.  Najee Boyd was not able to dominate this game like he usually does, but don't count these Tigers out.  They are well coached and have a ton of talent.  Cam Hart can make plays from the QB spot and we like linemen Anthony Johnson, Warren Cornish, and Kijuan Williams a lot.  Noah Costopoulous is a multi-talented skill player that has to be accounted for.


Game #5

Westlake Varsity 31 vs MoHo Co LIons Varsity 12

Info: This was the first test of the year for Westlake and boy were they tested!!!  The Lions have elite shutdown corners that made it hard for the spectacular Westlake WR's from getting separation.  Micah McNeil was on one side holding it down, while Brandon Willis was on the other side.  With Jabari Bennett,  Jacob Hagy, Chance Campbell and Sean "Cowboy" McCutcheon applying consistent pressure up the middle of the field, the Bulldogs were unable to get anything going for two quarters until unheralded, but elusive RB Rashard Jackson exploded up the middle and down the right sideline for the first of his 3 scintillating TD runs.  The first one gave the Bulldogs a 6 - 0 lead at the half.  The fans were stunned at the competitiveness of this game.  The MoHo Co Staff did a great job preparing the kids for the first half.  In the second half it was the Bulldogs staff that went to work and they came out smoking to say the least.  Jackson exploded for another long score, then DeJuan Ellis hit Deonte Hill on a perfect pass that he turned into a long TD run using his blazing speed.  Jason Labbe got loose and showed his talent on a punishing TD run.  The Bulldogs put the Lions away 33 - 12 as the rain began to come down.  Myles Harris and Cam Goode controlled the middle of the field all day.  Once the Lions lost star player Jamal Gay to an injury, much of the steam came out of their offense.


Game #6

Gorc Varsity 12 vs Hamilton Varsity 0

Info:  The skies opened up on this highly anticipated matchup of border rivals.  It was a hard hitting and physical game.  The rain took much of the steam out of the Gorc passing attack, as the first quarter ended in a tie. Late in the 2nd quarter, QB Richard Dion connected on a crossing pattern to elite sprinter Eric Allen, who made the catch and turned on the speed.  He ran away from all of the Tiger defenders for the first score.  Both teams continued to attack each other on offense and stop each other on defense before late in the 4th quarter, a jarring tackle by a Kendal McKissic caused a fumble that was picked up by DeJuour Turner-Evans who ran it back all the way for the 50 yard game clinching TD for Gorc.  Courtland Deverne had a good game for Gorc, along with Westly Jones and Parker Robinson.  Ephraim Moore and Sean Pencook were solid on defense for Gorc.  Jamaine Jeter ran hard behind Jaelen Hall, Jamal Shearin and the rest of the Hamilton OL.  Taron Vincent was relentless on defense and was welcomed back from injury.  Hamilton was not able to get their ground game going and passing was tough in the pouring rain.

Sunday, 29 September 2013 18:00

Week #2 Summary

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GAME ONE:
HAMILTON TIGERS vs MARLBORO MUSTANGS

Info: Hamilton took this hard fought game 19 to 0, but the score cannot reflect the battle that took place in the trenches fairly. Your PRIME TIME PLAYERS (PtP'ers): Quizzon Tarver (H) and Keith Broadnax (M) had OUTSTANDING GAMES for their teams. Keynote: Jabriel "Jet" Johnson added 2 more Rushing TD's to his total taking him to 7 in only 2 weeks of play.


GAME TWO

MOHO COUNTY LIONS vs GORC WILDCATS
Info: The Air Show that was!.. 44 to 28 Wildcats! Featured 2 of the Most Talented QB's in the league arguably in Trace Campbell (moho) & Sam Sweeney (gorc) was well worth the price of admission. With Sweeney being just too much down the stretch. These two will meet again! PtP'ers: Matthew Lipp (moho) & William "BooM" Oliver picked up the additional slack that made this game INCREDIBLE!


GAME THREE

FATZ BULLIEZ BULLDOGS vs WESTLAKE BULLDOGS
Info: Westlake's execution and ball control style of play was just too much for the hard hitting Bulliez. This one started out a battle of will's and turned into a battle of clock management with the trenches deciding it. Eric Hampton rushed for 3 TD’s. Westlake took it 35 to 0! PtP'ers: Micheal Prather (W) & Beshon Tyler (FB)


GAME FOUR
HAMILTON TIGERS vs FORT HUNT FEDERALS

Info: Hamilton walked away with this one 40 to 0! As Ft. Hunt struggled heavily without Amir "LB4LB" Jordan rushing the football. Jermaine Jeter and that MASSIVE offensive line of Hamilton just pounded the football between the tackles ALL DAY LONG! PtP'ers: Dalen Barrey (H) & Deveon Walton (FtH) did everything possible to impact the outcome of this one. Hard Fought Victories are Gr8 to see! This was one..


GAME FIVE (MAIN EVENT MATCH UP)
MoHo COUNTY LIONS vs GORC WILDCATS
Info: A Classic Heavyweight Fight could only describe this one. As MoHo took advantage of field positioning more than Gorc 27 to 7. The Dual QB Tandem of Bonner & Urgo kept a fresh arm picking apart that vaunted Wildcat Defense. PtP'ers: Doc Bonner (moho) & Trent "Action" Jackson (gorc) made the key plays to seal this one up.


GAME SIX (UNDER THE LIGHTS)
WESTLAKE BULLDOGS vs FATS BULLIEZ BULLDOGS
Info: Westlake, Westlake, Westlake!.. 45 to 0! It is what is it! This game was NEVER CLOSE! It was scripted like a 49ers vs Lions Throwback Game. The FB Bulldogs feature back played admirably but it was not enough. As Westlake unleashed blitz packages that went off like firecrackers. DeJuan "Shazam" Ellis as always was crisp and accurate from the kickoff and a very fresh corp of skill position players feasted at the opportunity to get the ball in their hands. PtP'ers: Cam "Mmm Mmm" Goode (W) & Qu'Ran Hughes (fbB) SHOW'd Out!.. Qu'Ran and Barry Sanders are useable in the same sentence! And anytime your D Tackle can take a dive play 48 yds to the HOUSE! Using speed versus power.. when you pick your jaw back up I'll be right here to finish calling this one! Whooooo!.. Gotta Love It!

Friday, 13 September 2013 03:03

GMAFL Standard Operating Procedures

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GMAFL

 

GRASSROOTS MID-ATLANTIC FOOTBALL LEAGUE

 

Standard Operating Procedures

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

GRASSROOTS MID-ATLANTIC YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE ................................. 1

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS .................................................................................................................. 2

 

ARTICLE I. PURPOSE & BOARD OF DIRECTORS. .................................................... 3

 

ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP ........................................................................................... 4

 

ARTICLE III. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS..................................................................... 5

 

ARTICLE IV. PLAYER IDENTIFICATION ......................................................................... 6

 

ARTICLE V. COACHES ....................................................................................................... 6

 

ARTICLE VI. TEAM & PLAYER REGISTRATION…........................................................ 6

 

ARTICLE VII. RECRUITMENT ............................................................................................ 7

ARTICLE VIII. DISIPLINE (CONDUCT) and SPORTSMANSHIP.................................... 9

ARTICLE IX. PENALTIES................................................................................................... 10

 

ARTICLE X. GAME PROTEST…………………….............................................................. 10

 

ARTICLE XI. EQUIPMENT.................................................................................................. 11

 

ARTICLE XII. LEAGUE CLASSIFICATION……………................................................. 11

 

ARTICLE XIII. LEAGUE STRUCTURE & SCHEDULING ........................................... 12

 

ARTICLE XIV. ROSTER LIMITS…………........................................................................ 14

 

ARTICLE XV. GAME CHECK-IN PROCEDURES…......................................................... 14

 

ARTICLE XVI. PLAYING RULES…………….................................................................. 15

 

ARTICLE XVII. STANDING & PLAY-OFFS…….............................................................. 16

 

ARTICLE XVII. OFFICIAL GAMES………..………........................................................... 16

 

Physician Release..………………………………………………………….……………….... 18

  1. I.PURPOSE - The Grassroots Mid-Atlantic Football League (GMAFL), is a unique fall football league committed to elevating the culture of youth football to a higher level of awareness and competition. The GMAFL shall follow the rules of play of the National Federation of State High Schools, unless amended or modified herein.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - The GMAFL Board of Directors shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and the member organization Commissioners. The Executive Board consists of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President has the power to appoint and remove the initial set of Executive Board members. The current Executive Board has already been established and can be found below under the “Board of Director Meetings” section of this document. The initial set of Executive Board members will not have term limits. If any of the member organization Commissioners wishes to remove the President and/or any members of the Executive Board for any reason, they may “make a motion” to remove the member and they must show cause. Only the member organizations will vote on the removal and it will take a unanimous vote of the organization commissioners to remove the President, or any Executive Board member. Nominations to remove an Executive Board member must be made by the first meeting of the New Year (January) by any Commissioner. A special vote will take place during the next monthly meeting (February). If one of the appointed Executive Board members is removed by virtue of the unanimous vote, then the new Executive Board member will be elected by a majority vote to serve a 2- year term beginning in April. Remaining Executive Board members will vote on the new Executive Board Member. Elections will be at the March meeting. Nominations must be made at the end of the February meeting when the removal took place.

 

PRESIDENT - The President shall have the authority to act on behalf of the Board and shall direct all activities of the GMAFL. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors. He shall appoint members of all committees and shall be an ex-officio member of all such committees, and shall perform such other duties as may be incidental to the office. The President shall have the power to forfeit games, reprimand, suspend or expel any player, coach, or team who is a member of the Grassroots Mid-Atlantic Football League. The President also has the power to reprimand any organization or organization official. Such power to forfeit, reprimand, suspend or expel shall be exercised by him to be in the best interest of the GMAFL. Any forfeiture, reprimand, suspension or expulsion under this regulation is subject to an appeal to the Executive Committee. Until the Executive Committee’s hearing of the appeal, the President’s decision shall be stayed until the results of the appeals hearing. If the President’s decision is not appealed within 72hours, his decision is final. The power to expel an organization from the GMAFL is regulated by a 2/3 majority vote of the Board of Directors and Commissioners of the organizations in the GMAFL.

 

VICE-PRESIDENT - The Vice-President shall act for the President in his absence and shall perform all other duties as the President may assign him. The Vice-President shall handle any conflict that involves the organization the President is associated with. The Vice-President shall also be responsible for the formation of the member portion of the Rules and Ethics Committee.

 

SECRETARY/TREASURER - The Secretary is responsible for: keeping minutes at the BOD meetings, scheduling of meetings, maintaining club rosters and player verification, updates to database program, maintenance of league web site, league fund raising and sponsorships, annual head coaches dinner, distribution of all league info to club commissioners, publishing and printing of league rule book, printing of schedules and ID’s for DC players. The Treasurer is responsible for: all league payments and deposits, yearly budget, invoicing of clubs, insurance arrangements for clubs that require it, accounting reports for BOD meetings.

 

RULES & ETHICS COMMITTEE - The Rules and Ethics Committee shall consist of the Chairman of the Rules and Ethics Committee (“Ethics Chairman”), the Vice-President, the Director of Operations and three Commissioners appointed by the Vice-President. The Vice President will also appoint an Alternate Member, who will take the place of any Committee Member whose program is directly involved in a matter before the Committee. The Alternate Member participates only in circumstance involving an alleged violation by an Ethics Committee Member’s program. The Ethics Committee Chair will be selected by the President and will serve a 12 month term from January 1 to December 31. This authority shall include the interpretation and enforcement of the GMAFL rules and policies, the imposing of penalties for rule infractions, and other incidental matters not requiring full board action. The committee must report in writing any and all actions under the provisions of this authority within 15 days to the Board of Directors. All alleged rules violations must be reported the Ethics Chairman as soon as is practical. The Ethics Chairman will investigate the allegation and make a timely recommendation to the Rules & Ethics Committee. The Rules and Ethics Committee will vote on the recommendation and upon approval by a majority of the disinterested Ethics Committee members, the recommendation will be implemented. If the recommendation is not approved, the Chairman and the Committee will continue to discuss the matter until a recommendation is approved. The Chairman shall have the discretion to reconsider any recommendation if new information is brought to his attention and shall revise his recommendation if the circumstances warrant revision, or if the rules were not followed. The Ethics Committee will then reconsider the recommendation and re-vote. If the reconsideration is not approved by a majority of the disinterested Ethics Committee Members, the original decision will not be disturbed.

 

COMMISSIONERS - Each organization sponsoring a team shall appoint a Commissioner and as many Assistant Commissioners as deemed necessary to direct its football program. Only the Commissioner or his designated representative shall vote on matters placed before the Board of Directors. Any issue presented for a decision by the board that recommends change to an existing policy and/or rules must pass with a minimum of 2/3 of the members present voting in favor of it. All other issues will require a majority vote in favor of it to pass.

 

SPECIAL COMMITTE A Special Committee will be selected by the President and consist of three (3) Commissioners. The Special Committee will convene within three (3) business days of the request.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTOR MEETINGS - Attendance at GMAFL Board of Directors’ meetings is mandatory for each Commissioner or his/her designated representative. Board meetings will be held on a monthly and quarterly basis. Physical meetings with mandatory attendance will be held quarterly on the 2nd Wednesday of applicable months @ 7:30pm. Physical board meetings will take place in January, April, July, and October of every year. The President will coordinate the venue and communicate to all members at the beginning of each applicable month. Conference calls will be held during months where there are no board meetings. Conference calls will take place in February, March, May, June, August, September, November and December of every year. Calls will also take place on the 2nd Wednesday of applicable months @ 7:30pm. The President will provide the conference call numbers and communicate to all members at the beginning of each applicable month. Attendance by the board members (or authorized representative of the club) is mandatory for physical meetings, as well as conference calls. President reserves the right to call emergency meetings and/or conference calls if necessary.

 

2013 Executive Board of Directors:

President: Mike Anderson

Vice President: Sean O’Connor

Secretary: Tangie Golston

Treasurer: Tonya Anderson

 

  1. II.MEMBERSHIP

 

  1. A.Any organization wishing to make a formal application to become a part of Grassroots Mid-Atlantic Football League must do so, in writing, to the Executive Board on or before the regularly scheduled March conference call. (Assuming the organization wants to be considered for application in that calendar year). The Executive Board and membership will vote on any such application(s) at the regularly scheduled April monthly meeting, with the outcome of any voting to be announced during the April meeting.

 

  1. B.Membership may only be obtained upon majority vote of the voting members in attendance at a regularly scheduled meeting.

 

  1. C.No new organizations will be accepted after May 31st except where special consideration was granted for established organizations only. Established organization candidate must still meet all requirements for acceptance.

 

  1. D.Voting privileges shall be one (1) vote for any one (1) club and one (1) vote for each officer. No officer may vote both as an officer and an organization’s appointed representative. The president of the GMAFL will vote only in the event of a tie. New organizations will not have voting rights until the start of their second year in the league. There will be no proxy votes allowed. (Note: For the 2013 inaugural season a new organization is defined as one which makes application to GMAFL after 1 May and is subsequently “voted in” before the start of the season).

 

  1. E.Members will be expected to assist the GMAFL in any fundraising initiatives that are set forth. We expect you to recommend and encourage participation from your players and parents for these important fundraising activities.

 

  1. F.Members are expected to support the Grassroots business model by marketing, recommending, and encouraging your player and parents to take advantage of the off season conditioning clinics, combines, positional skills training sessions, and other Grassroots programs that are designed to make them better football players.

 

  1. G.Members are expected to support any tryouts for Fall and Spring Football activities that can benefit the league. For example, the GMAFL will schedule tryouts for the Fall Football season in your regions that will help each member organization to add quality players to their rosters. Member organizations are expected to market, promote, and assist in execution of July tryouts, as needed.

 

  1. H.Members are expected to be in full partnership with the GMAFL and the GYFL and market and support any initiatives that will be beneficial to the success of the league, it’s member clubs, and most importantly, the student-athletes. For example, promotion of the Football University Camp, and Rivals All Star Showcase, etc.

 

  1. I.Any organization that drops out of the league for any reason must reapply for membership. If accepted, a probation period of one (1) year will be applied.

 

  1. J.Any regular member organization may be dismissed from the GMAFL upon a (3/4) majority vote of the voting members/ officers in attendance at a regularly scheduled meeting.

 

III.            PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

  1. A.While not required the GMAFL Board highly recommends that all players be given a physical examination by his/her personal physician before participating in football practice and/or games. No player shall be allowed to participate in the GMAFL in non-play is recommended by a physician. It is the responsibility of parents and each respective organization to determine and monitor the health of individual players on a continuing basis.

 

  1. B.While not required the GMAFL Board highly recommend that all players obtain a concussion baseline test prior to participating in the GMAFL.

 

  1. C.Any Player with an injury requiring a cast or other such brace must provide a Physician’s Release Form prior to any involvement in practices or game play. A copy of the form is provided.

 

  1. IV.PLAYER IDENTIFICATIONEach player must obtain a State Issued Identification Card. The card is accepted as official player identification at all GMAFL/GYFL certifications, sponsored games, and events.

 

  1. A.State Motor Vehicle Administration Identification Cards

State issued motor vehicle administration ID cards may be obtained from all local DMV offices for a minimal charge and are good for 5 years. You must provide Birth Certificate, Social Security Card and Parents Identification. – These cards should be kept by the teams, but must provide a copy to the league/ B.O.D. for our records.

 

  1. B.Official Military Identification Cards

Identification cards issued by various branches of the Armed Forces of the United States of America must be current. Card must display photograph, date of birth, date of issue, date of expiration, players printed first and last names.

 

  1. C.United States Passports

As issued by the United States of America, Department of State. Card must be current. Card must display photograph, date of birth, date of issue, date of expiration, players printed first and last names.

 

  1. D.GMAFL Issued Certification

In special circumstances when a State ID is unable to be obtained the GMAFL Board may certify an ID card for a player at a cost to the family of $25.00.

 

  1. E.Official School Documentation

Current class schedule or other documentation on official school letterhead, for current grade verification must be provided.

 

 

  1. V.COACHES

 

  1. A.Coaches will be required to obtain coaching certifications as required to be coaches in their organization.

 

  1. B.Coaches will be required to obtain and pass a valid back ground check. (County background checks will be allowed to meet this requirement). It is the commissioner’s responsibility to ensure their coaches and team staff meets and maintains the back ground check requirement. – Copy of successful background checks must be provided to the league/B.O.D.

 

  1. VI.TEAM & PLAYER REGISTRATION

 

  1. A.Each team registration in the GMAFL will be $700. Each organization can have up to 2teams in the GMAFL (Junior Varsity and Varsity). The fee is due from each member organization by the close of business on August 15th of every year. It is not mandatory that each organization register a team in both divisions, but recommended. We must be flexible in year #1 with regards to the number of teams that we will have in each division. There is a tremendous effort to stop the GMAFL from having success, but they will not stop us. However, we need to be prepared to be flexible in this first year until we can show the whole region what we have to offer. After this year, we should have NO problems filling any of our rosters, but we need to be flexible out of the gate, just as we were in the spring.

 

  1. B.For the inaugural 2013 season, there will be no individual player registration fee to the GMAFL for any players that are currently a part of member organizations. If the 2013 season is successful, we reserve the right to implement a GMAFL Membership fee for 2014, similar to what AAU does and players will need to have a GYFL membership card to participate in the league. The membership will be $50.00. The players will still pay standard registration fees to the member organizations, in addition to this GMAFL Membership Fee.

 

  1. C.For the 2013 season, there will be a series of evaluations in the month of July designed to attract players from other programs to play in the GMAFL. The league will market the evaluations, along with individual member clubs and there will be a fee associated for the evaluation that will go the GMAFL. Member clubs are expected to market, promote, attend, manage, and evaluate the prospects. Any athletes that are deemed worthy of playing in the league will be assigned to one of the 8 member organizations.

 

  1. D.It is the organizations commissioners’ responsibility to validate all documents and ID’s to be provided during the team/player registration process. Invalid or fraudulent documents will be grounds for suspension.

 

  1. E.Each organization will provide an official typed team roster, Birth Certificate, Player ID, Player GMFAL/GYFL Waiver, Coaching Contract, and Grade verification at the August board meeting for certification. The Roster Certification Day will be the third Saturday of August every year (2 Weeks prior to the first game of the season). For 2013, the Roster Certification Day will be Saturday, August the 17th at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Center. Time will be communicated to each Commissioner prior to Aug 1st, 2013. President reserves the right to change the date in future years as deemed necessary.

 

  1. F.After each player is certified the original roster shall be collected by the Vice President. The original certified roster will be returned and stamped official by the first game.

 

  1. G.Roster/Player certification will consist of verifying Date of Birth, Name, Grade and Picture ID.

 

  1. H.The certification process will be the only time that all documents listed above will be required to be on hand. During the game Photo ID and Official roster are the only two items need to allow a player to participate.

 

  1. I.Players may be added to rosters up to week two (2) of the regular season by submitting all additions to a team roster to the Vice President. A new certified roster will created to reflect these changes.

 

  1. J.The added players are eligible immediately upon being added to the certified rosters.

 

  1. VII.ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT

 

  1. A.Recruiting is the life blood of any organization, High School, or College. It is the life blood of any business and we support effective recruitment of players. We don’t have regional boundaries in Grassroots so member clubs have the ability to recruit from any region. We would prefer for teams to be regionally based and have the majority of the players come from the region that they live in, but we understand that parents deserve the right to choose where they want their children to play and if they are not satisfied with the local team, they must have the option to play where they choose to play. This is why we have no regional boundaries. We encourage every organization to recruit within and outside their boundaries so that the parents understand that they do have options and may the best organization win the recruiting battles.

 

  1. B.With that being said, once a parent has made their decision, paid their registration fee, and had their child’s name as a part of a certified roster, ANY Active recruitment of players from another GMAFL member program’s current year roster (Spring and Fall) is prohibited and will be deemed a rule violation which will be subject to a Rules Committee review.

 

  1. C.Current year Fall GMAFL roster is defined as beginning with the actual Roster Certification Day and ending with the GMAFL Championship Game. For 2013, that beginning date will Saturday August 17th and the ending date will be November 16th. Once the rosters are certified, the recruiting rules will be in effect until after the completion of the Post Season, which ends with the GMAFL ChampionshipCurrent year Spring GYFL roster is defined as beginning with the first game of the spring season and ending with the GYFL Championship Game in 2014.

 

  1. D. Violations could result in suspension, game forfeiture, playoff ineligibility, organization probation and expulsion for all involved parties. Recruitment violations are described as:

 

  1. 1.Telephone calls, personal home visits or meetings with the individual player or family member to discuss the benefits of joining your program, after the current year roster has been certified will be deemed illegal recruiting.

 

  1. 2.Emails or letters to the individual player or family member to discuss the benefits of joining your program after the current year roster has been certified will be deemed illegal recruiting.

 

  1. 3.Public announcements via newspaper advertisements, TV advertisements, Movie Theater advertisements, signs or posted fliers will not be deemed as recruiting. However the sending of these items to a targeted individual player coach or family member after the current year roster has been certified will be deemed illegal recruiting.

 

  1. 4.A player may only play with one organization and on only one team. A player will be ineligible to participate in GMAFL if they participate in other league games or is listed on another leagues roster.

 

  1. 5.At the completion of the post season, players may be contacted by organizations other than that which they played that current season.

 

  1. 6.Illegal Recruiting is NOT defined as a disgruntled parent or child reaching out to another member club expressing interest in joining them for the next season (See Section E for details of procedure). Once players are on a certified roster, they will NOT be allowed to switch from team to team in a current year. However, if they make first contact with another member team during the current season about playing with that team in the following year, then that is NOT considered illegal recruiting.

 

  1. 7.A club that makes a recruiting violation complaint against another organization will have the burden of proof that the other club did in fact initiate contact with the player and/or parent between the timeframe that the Certified Roster was submitted and the current season concluded. That burden of proof will include evidence such as text messages, emails, and parental testimony at a Board meeting.

 

  1. 8.If illegal recruiting can’t be verified, the athlete will be allowed to switch organizations for the next season, pending leaving the first organization in good standing. For example, they left the initial organization with no outstanding equipment and/or no bills. Until the initial organization signs off on a waiver stating that they are in good standing, that player will not be allowed to play in the league for any other organization.

 

  1. E.Process for Parent or Athlete Outreach to other member organization will be as follows.
    1. 1.If a parent or an athlete reaches out to a member organization to inquire about joining them (inside of the Spring or Fall Season), the contacted organization is required to contact the President of the GMAFL within 48 hours of the contact.
    2. 2.This contact will be 100% confidential in order to protect the identity of the parent or athlete.
    3. 3.The contacted organization will inform the President in writing that contact was made.
    4. 4.The President will contact the parent/athlete and make them aware of the process. He will ensure the parent that the original organization will not be notified that the athlete is considering another member organization.
    5. 5.The president will do a fact check to determine the reasons for the desire to move and document all findings in writing.
    6. 6.If it is not deemed legitimate (i.e. the player thought the coach was coaching him too hard), then president will advise the parent/athlete to remain with the current organization and the president will intervene to try to work out the problem.
    7. 7.If the president deems that the desire to move is in the best interest of the athlete/parent, he will assist in the process of finding a better fit for the athlete/parent.
    8. 8.Once that fit is made, the president will contact the former organization and inform them of the decision, the process, and provide details in writing as to why the athlete/parent felt that a change was necessary.
    9. 9.This process will keep animosity between the member organizations in check as the former organization will have details to verify who made the first contact and what the nature of the issue was.
    10. 10.The main goal will be to work out any issues with the current organization, but if that can’t be done, this process will allow for a smooth transition with no member organizations feeling that their players were illegally recruited.

 

 

  1. VIII.DISCIPLINE (CONDUCT) and SPORTSMANSHIP

 

  1. A.The Head Coach shall be responsible for the conduct of their players, parents, fans and assistant coaches. Improper conduct, in the judgement of the game officials, on part of the players, coaches or spectators may result in penalties, expulsion, suspension and forfeiture of the game.

 

  1. B.If at any time the GMAFL finds the conduct of any coach to be detrimental and contrary to the best interest of this program, such individuals may be suspended from further participation for whatever period of tie may be deemed reasonable and proper. Detrimental conduct by any coach shall first be investigated by his Organization Commissioner.

 

  1. C.No Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Parent, or any other organization official shall illegally recruit players from another GMAFL organization during the fall season (Aug – Dec). Any member of an organization so accused shall be required to appear before the Ethics Committee. The burden of proof will be on the accusing organization. PENALTY – IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION.

 

  1. D.Any Player who is ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct will be suspended for the next played game. Any player allowed by game officials to return to a game shall not be considered as being ejected from a game. A player removed from the game on the final play of the game shall be considered ejected from a game and will be suspended for the next played game.

 

  1. E.Game officials shall notify GMAFL representative at the game field at the end of each game played.

 

  1. F.Commissioners shall notify the President and Vice President in writing as soon as possible.

 

  1. G.All coaches and assistant coaches of the GMAFL must read, understand and sign the GMAFL code of conduct form. The code of conduct form is due at the time of player/team registration.

 

  1. H.All players and parents must read, understand and sign the GMAFL code of conduct form. The code of conduct form is due at the time of player/team registration.

IX. PENALTIES

  1. A.Where penalties for rule violations are not specified, they will be decided by a vote of the GMAFL Board.

 

  1. B.An over age player/grade. The penalty for over age/ grade player’s participating in games, if discovered whether protested or not, will result in forfeiture of all games in which the player was on the certified roster regardless if the individual participated or not. The organization will be given a $100 fine and the head coach will be suspended from any further league activities for the current season and possible further penalties deemed appropriate by the GMAFL Board.

 

  1. C.Player’s Name not on the certified roster. If a player enters the game after the pre-game check-in that was not present for the check-in and is not on the roster it will be an immediate suspension of the illegal player, head coach and probation for the organization and $100 fine.

 

  1. D.Any coach suspended for a current season, can only be re-instated for the following season by a majority vote of the GMAFL board, at written request of the organization representing the coach.

 

  1. X.GAME PROTEST

 

  1. A.All protest and appeals must be submitted with a $50.00 fee.

 

  1. B.There shall be no protest allowed involving a judgement call by a game official.

 

  1. C.The following procedures must be followed in the event of a protest :

 

  1. 1.Protesting coach and commissioner must notify the Vice President in writing within 24 hours of the incident.

 

  1. 2.The Vice President will render a decision within 48 hours.

 

  1. 3.The Protested organization will have 48 hours from the Vice President’s decision to appeal.

 

  1. 4.The Appeal will be handled by the President and a special appeals committee, which will consist of three league commissioner and one board of director member. The special committee will meet within three (3) working days to discuss and answer question from both parties. Both parties will have 10 minutes to state their case after with a brief discussion between members of the special committee will be held. After this discussion their decision will be rendered and this decision will be final.

 

  1. D.Recognized Reasons for Protest:

 

  1. 1.Player did not legally register and is not on the certified roster

 

  1. 2.Player is playing while on suspension from league play

 

  1. 3.Player is over age for the level of play registered (i.e. playing in the Junior Varsity level and turned 14 prior to 1 September 2013).

 

  1. 4.Player is above the grade for the level of play registered (i.e playing in the Junior Varsity level but is actually in the 8th grade).

 

  1. 5.Fraudulent ID

XI. EQUIPMENT

  1. A.All players must be properly equipped at the pre-game check-in as follows:

 

  1. 1.Helmet with face guard – NOCSAE approved. Helmet shall not be worn during pre-game check-ins.

 

  1. 2.Mouth Piece must be colored and attached to the face guard.

 

  1. 3.Shoulder pads.

 

  1. 4.Team matching Game Jerseys with contrasting color numbers on front and back.

 

  1. 5.Socks and Cleats. Cleats must be rubber molded; can be detachable but no longer than ½ inch. Socks must correspond with team colors/jersey’s.

 

  1. 6.Regulation football pants.

 

  1. 7.Thigh, Knee, Tail and Hip pads

 

  1. B.Authorized footballs

 

  1. 1.Varsity League: TDJ or equivalent ball approved by the Vice President.

 

  1. 2.Varsity League: TDY or equivalent ball approved by the Vice President.

 

  1. 3.Ball composition may be obtained from various manufactures under several name designation. Ball composition and construction however must meet the requirements of the NHSF rules with size dimensions modified to match the balls listed in the previous section. Rubber, Plastic and Composite balls are not acceptable.

XII. LEAGUE CLASSIFICATIONS – The league will be comprised of the following classifications.

  1. A.Junior Varsity League

Players must be in the 6th or 7th grade (5th graders are allowed based on coaches discretion). Any player turning 14 years old before September 1, 2013 is not eligible to play at this level. There will be no 8th graders allowed at this level.

  1. B.Varsity League

 

Players must be in the 7th or 8th Grade. Any player turning 15 years old before September 1, 2013 is not eligible to play at this level. There will be no 9th graders allowed at this level.

 

XII. LEAGUE STRUCTURE & SCHEDULING

  1. A.GMAFL Division Breakdown: Teams will be placed in one of two division’s North or South. The number of teams in each league classification will determine how that league’s schedule will be set up and how the playoff spots will be determined. There will be a number of variations based on how many teams we have in each league classification and we will have a different scheduling methodology and playoff selection methodology based on the number of teams in any given classification.

 

  1. 1.There will be a different scheduling methodology for a 6 team league classification, a 7 team league classification, and an 8 team league classification

 

  1. 2.We will not play a season with less than 6 organizations in a league classification.

 

  1. 3.The following bullet points illustrate the division breakdown and scheduling methodology for the 6 – 8 team league classifications.

 

  1. B.8 Team League Methodology:

 

  1. 1.GMAFL will have two 4 Team Divisions, using an 8 Team Round Robin format with no separate bye week for each team. Each team in that scenario will play 7 regular season GMAFL games between Sept 7th and Oct 26th. All teams will make the playoffs and be seeded based on regular season standings.

 

  1. C.7 Team League Methodology:

 

  1. 1.Although those teams will technically be in divisions, each team will play each other one time. The 7Team season will be based on an 8 Team Round Robin schedule. There will be a 7 week schedule, with one team being listed as a Bye for eachEach team will play 6 regular season GMAFL games between Sept 7th and Oct 26th. All teams will make the playoffs and be seeded based on regular season standings. #1 Seed will have a first round tournament bye.

 

  1. D.6 Team League Methodology:

 

  1. 1.GMAFL will have two divisions with 3 teams in each division. The 6 Team season schedule will be based on each team playing the other teams in their division twice (4 games) and the teams in the other division once (3 games). 6 Team divisions will play a 7 game GMAFL regular season schedule between Sept 7th and Oct 26th. All teams will make the playoffs and be seeded based on regular season standings. #1 and #2 Seeds will have a first round bye.

 

  1. E.North Division

 

  1. 1.Hamilton Tigers
  2. 2.GORC Wildcats
  3. 3.Laurel Stallions (2013 Prospect JV Only)
  4. 4.MoHo County Lions

 

  1. F.South Division

 

  1. 1.Marlboro Mustangs
  2. 2.Fort Hunt Federals (Varsity Only)
  3. 3.Westlake Bulldogs
  4. 4.Fatz Bullies

 

  1. G.Additional Scheduling Requests:

 

  1. 1.Based on the # of Teams per league classification, the GMAFL will schedule between a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 League games from September 7th – November 3rd. See schedule below. Games will begin the weekend of September 7th unless additional scheduling is requested. 6 Game GMAFL schedules will be spread out over an 8 week season, with 2 non league weeks that clubs can schedule non-league games on their own if they choose to, or they can have up to 2 bye weeks. 7 Game GMAFL schedules will be spread out over an 8 week season, with 1 non league week (bye week) that clubs can schedule a non-league game on their own if they choose to, or they can have a bye.

 

  1. 2.GMAFL will offer options to be able to provide as many as 8 games for each club between the start and end of our season for league classifications that only have 6 or 7 games and wish to have at least 8.
    1. i.Option #1 is to play pre-season games similar to what the NFL does that will allow the players and coaches to have the competition, but not count against their regular season record and affect the playoffs. These games would be played at the same high quality venues, with referees and all the amenities. They just would not count on the regular season record. For example, teams in a league that has 6 teams and 7 games could have up to 1 pre-season game scheduled against teams from the other division, since they will only play them once during the regular season. Those games would be played during the first week of the GMAFL season on September 7th. This option will be available upon request from any member club and must be done so in writing prior to August 7th.
    2. ii.Option #2 is to allow member clubs to schedule non-conference games with your own opponents the way high schools do during the Fall Season. For example, a club with a 7 game season may opt to play a non-conference game on September 7th. Or, a club with a bye week may choose to play a non-conference game during the bye week if they choose. Once the schedules are released, each member club will know what dates they have open and can schedule those games accordingly. They will not factor into the playoff seedings for GMAFL at the end of the season, but allow for you to play games against past rivals if you wish.

 

  1. H.GMAFL Weekly Schedule:

 

  1. 1.Week #1 Sep 7th
  2. 2.Week #2 Sep 14th
  3. 3.Week #3 Sep 21st
  4. 4.Week #4 Sep 28th
  5. 5.Mid Season Burning Sands Invitational Oct 6th.
  6. 6.Week #5 Oct 12th
  7. 7.Week #6 Oct 19th
  8. 8.Week #7 Oct 26th.
  9. 9.First Round of Playoffs Nov 2nd
  10. 10.2nd Round of Playoffs Nov 9th.
  11. 11.GMAFL Championship Nov16th.

XIV. ROSTER LIMIT

  1. A.Teams must have a minimum of 16 players and will be allowed to carry 40 players maximum on their roster.

 

  1. B.Teams are required to have 10 eligible and rostered players on the field at the game kick-off. The game may proceed afterwards with a minimum of nine (9) players if necessary. The opposing team is under no obligation to play down their number of players on the field but may do so without penalty.

XV. GAME CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

  1. A.Both teams will report to their side line 15 minutes before scheduled game time.

 

  1. B.Before the start of the game, both teams will line-up at a designated area by a league official in roster order. Players will be dressed in full playing equipment with the exception of helmets.

 

  1. C.Coaches will exchange team ID cards and rosters.

 

  1. D.The Head Coach or designated coach/ team parent will check the roster and ID cards of the opposing players with one member of the opposing teams coaching staff.

 

  1. E.A player without his ID is not eligible to play unless approved by the opposing teams Head Coach (remember all ID’s were validated during the player/team registration process).

 

  1. F.If a player is not present before the kick-off he is ineligible to play in the first half of the game. If a player arrives before halftime, he may play in the second half, provided that the player checks in with both the referee and the opposing coach at halftime.

XVI. PLAYING RULES

  1. A.GMAFL will follow the National High School Federation rules except where noted below:

 

  1. 1.Point after touchdown will be one (1) point for run or pass and two (2) points for kicking.

 

  1. 2.All Games will be: four (4) ten minute quarters.

 

  1. 3.Jersey Numbers – There shall be no restrictions as to jersey numbers by player positions.

 

  1. 4.TIE GAMES:

 

  1. i.During the regular season, there will be a maximum of two (2) overtimes to determine a winner.
  2. ii.If the game remains tied after the second overtime, the game will count as a tie in the standings.
  3. iii.In the playoffs, overtime will continue until there is a winner.
  4. iv.A coin toss determines who gets the ball first during overtime play.
  5. v.Play starts on the 10 yard line. A team is given four (4) downs to advance the ball and score.
  6. vi.Following four (4) downs by the team winning the coin toss, the opposing team is given the same opportunity to score (10 yard line, 4 downs to score).
  7. vii.All normal penalties are in effect (even though a first down cannot be earned- and penalty that would result in a first down remains in effect).
  8. viii.An overtime period ends after each team has been given an opportunity to score. If after the end of the 1st overtime a team is ahead that team wins the game.
  9. ix.The second overtime is played exactly like the first with the following exception: there is no coin toss needed. The team that won the first coin toss is given the first opportunity to score followed by the opposing team.

 

  1. 5.All player ejections must be reported to the Ethics Committee by both coaches. Failure to report an ejection may result in disciplinary action to the coach and/or the program.

 

  1. 6.Suspended games – player eligibility: if a game is suspended in the first half, all players who are eligible may participate in the resumption of the game. If the game is suspended in the second half, only players who were eligible in the original contest may participate.

 

  1. 7.Any player who is ejected from a game must leave the field (off the side lines completely) immediately and will face a suspension of a minimum of one game. Players serving a suspension may attend the game but may not be in uniform during the play of the game.

 

  1. 8.Any coach who is ejected from a game must leave the premises (stadium area) immediately and will face a suspension of a minimum of one game. All coaches serving a suspension will not be allowed to attend his team’s game while on suspension and must not be on the property (with in the gated area, parking lot is ok) of where the game is being played during the entire game.

 

XVII. STANDINGS & PLAY-OFFS

  1. A.Please refer to the section on League Structure and Scheduling for more clarity. Standings and playoff seedings will be determined by conference record and winning percentage.

 

  1. B.In the event of a tie for any placement, head-to-head competition will be the tiebreaker.

 

  1. C.In the event of a tie for any placement, and the head-to-head tie breaker between two teams is also a tie; the tie breaker for this will be the fewest Points scored against for the entire season.

 

  1. D.The playoffs will consist of the top two (2) teams from a division when there are an equal number of teams in a league classification. When there are an odd number of teams in a league classification, the top 4 teams based on record and winning percentage will be selected, with the tiebreakers at section B and C being implemented as needed. Note: Playoff format subject to change based on the number of teams in each league.

XVII. OFFICIAL GAMES

  1. A.All games shall be played as originally scheduled. Only the GMAFL Board of Directors will make any changes to the schedule.

 

  1. B.All games will be played with four (4) officials

 

  1. 1.There must be at least three officials present for all games.

 

  1. C.Official games are any game that completes three (3) quarters of play. Any game that does not meet this requirement is not considered an official game and the make-up must be started from the beginning with a score of 0 to 0.

 

  1. D.Make-up games may be scheduled on open weekend dates and or weekdays.

 

  1. E.GMAFL will pay officials for all official games (regular season/post season).

 

  1. F.Home team shall provide a chain crew of adults (18 or older) to work with the officials on the home side of the field. Visiting teams have the option of providing one (1) of the three (3) chain crew members. Home team shall provide a clock operator and game statistician.

 

  1. G.Chain Crew Volunteers are not permitted to heckle, coach or use electronic devices to signal information regarding the opposing team or it could result in team penalty.

 

  1. H.Teams will be responsible for providing their own water jugs, water bottles, ice, and water. It is the GMAFL’s responsibility to ensure that each facility will have a water source available for both sidelines. All items and essentials needed for game day will be provided by the member teams.

 

  1. I.Teams will be responsible for having a First Aid Certified and CPR certified member on their sidelines. Certified Athletic Trainers will NOT be provided for the Fall League.

 

  1. J.GMAFL will be responsible for the Emergency Plan and access to emergency health personnel (i.e. Ambulance, Fire Department, 911, etc.).
Monday, 09 September 2013 17:34

2013 Fall Standings

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 2013 Junior Varsity Fall Regular Season Standings

NORTH DIVISION

Team Wins Losses  Ties Pct Conf Record PF PA Point Diff
Gorc Wildcats 4 0 - 1.000 2-0 125  57 +68
MoHo Co Lions 2 1 1 .750 1-1 121 71 +50
Hamilton Tigers 2 2 - .500 0-2 78 66 +12


SOUTH DIVISION

Team Wins Losses Ties  Pct Conf Record PF PA Point Diff
Marlboro Mustangs 2 2 - .500 2-0 84  56 +28
Westlake Bulldogs 1 2 1  .333 1-1 48 51 -3
Fatz Bulliez 0 4 - .000 0-2 6 135 -167

 

 

2013 Varsity Fall Regular Season Standings

NORTH DIVISION

Team Wins Losses Pct Conf Record PF PA Point Diff
MoHo Co Lions 3 1 .750 2-0 74 44 +30
Gorc Wildcats 3 1 .750 1-1 98  27 +71
Hamilton Tigers 1 3 .250 0-2 40 55 -15


SOUTH DIVISION

Team Wins Losses Pct Conf Record PF PA Point Diff
Westlake Bulldogs 4 0 1.000 2-0 150  12 +138
Fatz Bulliez 1 3 .250 1-1 24 120 -96
Ft. Hunt Federals 0 4  .000 0-2 7 135 -128
Monday, 09 September 2013 17:18

Week #1 Summary

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Here is a summary of just a few of the things we learned this weekend:

#1. Marlboro's JV Team is quite impressive.  Westlake JV has Great Potential!

There was so much going on that I couldn't follow that game as closely as I wanted to.  The first night of games and the scoreboard was NOT working after we paid for it.  That stressed me out.  We couldn't get power for our DJ so we had no announcer, which was killing me.   With all that drama, I was unable to watch the first game as closeley as I would have liked.  Although Westlake's JV is mostly 6th graders, they are extremely well coached and talented.  For Marlboro to beat them 26 - 7 means they are going to be a force to be reckoned with.  Theo Blount and his staff had those kids ready to rock and roll. Very impressive. Tyriek Blount is a budding star.  Darius McBride is all that and a case of Dos Equis.  Harrison Wallace is a player as well.  Don't let the Westlake score fool you about Westlake.  Boopy Davis is a true baller and Michael Prather is a rising star.  Greg "Buck" Clark is one of the best youth coaches in the game.  We will have an up close and personal view of both of these teams this Saturday and will be able to do a much more in depth evaluation.   I hate that we had to short these kids a bit on th first week, but I can only stamp and endorse what I have seen with my own two eyes.  Our credibility is everything. 

#2. Ft. Hunt's Varsity has some players and depth.

John Holsworth is a true stud. FT. Hunt is going to be competitive this year, but Westlake Varsity may be one of the most impressive group of 8th graders I have ever seen together. Ft. Hunt had some size but were overwhelmed at the size and speed of Westlake.  Ft. Hunt will be competitive this year.  Amir "Pound for Pound" Jordan is one of the quickest and toughest backs you will see in this leauge.  Zaire Green packs a big punch in a small frame.   Hunter Stewart is the real deal.  We will have much more for you on this roster after week #2. 

#3. The Rumors about Westlake are Real!!!!!!!!

I thought DeJuan Ellis was great as a 7th Grader and he was. But, it is clear that he has made a commitment to mastering the passing game and he rarely ran on Friday. His accuracy was just ridiculous. He was 9/10 for 145 yards and 4 TD's.  Westlake is truly loaded and very well coached.  Each player will get more detailed write ups once the stats come in, but it would take too long to summarize what all the great players Westlake has.  Trust me, Dejuan is NOT alone! They have Raymond Boone, Noah Taylor, Austin Fontaine, Evan Gregory, Devin Petrillo, Jonathan Donnelly, Jason Labbe, Keith Felton, Rashard Jackson, Cam Goode, Chaz Crawford and so many more!!!! If you love football, you must circle this team on your schedule and see for yourself.  Could be the greatest show on field turf!

#4. MoHoCo JV has 2 6th graders that will blow your mind.  Hamilton is a true contender!

The QB Trace Campbell has "mini" Elway Like passing skills for a 6th Grader.  Moxie that is not normally seen in a 6th grader.  Sam Sweeney showed it last year as the 6th Grade FBU QB, but Trace is bigger.  That does not mean better, but only time will tell.  Campbell is a rising star.  They have a RB/LB named Antione Littleton that looks like Christian Okoye.  Big, fast, and strong from Devonne Powell's 12u team.  They have a WR named Clark from the Ravens whose first name we must get.  He was on the recieving end of many of Campbell's clutch passes and he was great after the catch.   Another tall WR named Lipp is a deep ball threat with great hands.  Offensive line was solid all day.  The team is well coached and lethal.  Hamilton JV is tough as nails and coached up well. Jabriel Johnson, who was one of the top 6th graders on last years FBU team ran for 5 TDs (3 over 60 yards). The Hamilton OL is powerful and they have a slick QB who can run and pass named Cam Hart that can get it.  NyJaye Boyd is a stud! Noah Costopolos and Naim Davis stood out.  Jorden Pryor looks like a serious prospect.

#5. Fatz Bulliez has some athletes.

They are talented on both the JV and Varsity and once they get used to the level of talent in this league, they will surprise some folks just like Ft. Hunt. They are new to the Grassroots League and had a rough debut against a powerful Gorc program, but they will get better every week.  Gary Rosemond was the Prime Time Player for the JV and Quran Hughes for the Varsity.  Keep your eye on them.

#6.  Gorc's JV is just ridiculous.

Sam Sweeney, the FBU 6th Grade QB can make All of the throws!!!! He has speed to burn at all of the skill positions. The Allen Brothers Ashton (6th Grader) and Austin (7th Grade) both have special speed and ability.  Joshua Dodd is a killer at WR and a MAJOR HS prospect right now.  Gerame Spraggins, Billy Wooden, Ryheem Tull, Braden Puller, and Adrian Hood are all certified ballers.  Too much talent on the Gorc JV team to get into the details on every kid in this brief post, but trust me, you need to see them asap!!!  They will all be household names in a couple of weeks.  Caleb Dean was the Prime Time Player of the game.

#7. Gorc's Varsity is a Problem!

2 QB's that can flat out get it done. Trent Jackson is about 6'2 with a big arm.  Richard Dion is a lefty who is extremely accurate.  Trent appears to have a slightly stronger arm, and Dion appears to be slightly more accurate.  Either one of them are good enough to start and be big time at the next level.  Coaches need to watch these kids closely.  They will both play.  Phil Slye is a master at getting both of them in.  Jeremy Mensah looks like Jamal Lewis from the Ravens back in the day.  Big, powerful, with the ability to mow down LB's.  So much speed and quickness on this team.  Details to come on each very soon! Keep an eye out for the quick and explosive Kevin Byrd, the speedster Eric Allen, and the power of Parker Robinson from the DE spot.  Luca Hagen anchors the OL, with Ephraim Moore wrecking havoc from the other DE spot.  They have players like twins Dejour and Dezuan Turner-Owens, DJ Brown, Alex Brown, Courtland Daverne, Marquis Whitley, Sean Pencook, and Justice Hubbard and others to be named later, who will cause problems for people.

#8. MoHo Co Varsity is the REAL Deal!! Hamilton will be HARD to BEAT!

MoHo Co is well balanced across the board. Brandon Willis, Jamal Gay, Cowboy McCutcheon, Micah McNeil and others played lights out against Hamilton yesterday.  Alex Ashley, Jabari Bennett, Doc Bonner, Chance Campbell and Sutter Urgo are legit.  Andrew Cave is a 6'3 WR that can go up and get it.  Spanky Dixon and Josh Kelly are no joke.  Hamilton took a loss, but don't let that fool you. They have a ton of big time HS prospects like Purnell Hill, Jamal Shearin, Big Al Cornish, Jealon Hall, and Jermaine Jeter.  Josh Pugh was a standout in the spring JV season, as was Calvin Carroll.   When they get Taron Vincent back from injury they will be an even bigger problem up front.

Notes:
Our site is finally back up and you will be able to get more detailed updates as they come in.  Appreciate your patience! Hope you enjoyed week #1. I promise you won't want to mess week #2. We will be at Spalding from 9am - 9pm and you can see all the teams up close and personal in one stadium. $5.00 gets you 12 hours of elite football, with in and out privileges!!!!!

I didn't begin to scratch the surface on all of the worthy players and I left many names of great players out. I was just going off the top of my head this morning. Kids and parents, please don't be upset if I didn't mention you here. We have 9 more weeks and every deserving player will be a household name this season. That is hat we do.  Keep playing hard and you will get your recognition. We will highlight different kids every week so if you were deserving and did not get mentioned today, you will!!!!!

 

Looking for some coaches and/or parents from each of our teams that are willing to produce statistics and video for us so that we can be much more detailed.  If you are interested in assisting us please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We will work with you on some wristbands to save you money at the gate if you are willing to help us with video and statistics.

 

NOTE: All GMAFL Games are played on State of the Art Field Turf Facilities

Tailgating:
Tailgating is NOT allowed by the facilities that we rent.  There can be NO grills, either gas or charcoal in the parking lot.  We will have concessions available and they will be fabulous.

We have gotten a few responses from people with dietary issues that can't eat regular food and we have granted permission to a couple of people on individual cases.  If you have not been granted specific permission by me, please do not attempt to bring coolers into the stadium.  The only exceptions will be coolers used for teams.

The following guidelines will be in place at all GMAFL sanctioned games:

  • There will be a $5.00 per person entrance fee; however children 5 years of age and under will be admitted free of charge.
  • Wristbands or stamps will be issued during games, which will allow everyone to regain entry back into the games, should you need to depart the game for any reason.
  • Different colored wristbands will allow different levels of access.  Field access is one color.  Stadium access will be another color.  You will not be allowed on the field or track withouth the appropriate color wristband.
  • No outside food of any kind will be permitted inside of the GYFL games, unless otherwise instructed.  Check website regularly.
  • NO SUNFLOWER SEEDS are allowed on any field turf stadiums.
  • Coolers will not be permitted into GYFL games under any circumstances unless you have received prior authorization from GYFL Management Staff. **Exceptions to this guideline will be made in regards to infant formula, emergency kits, etc. – again prior authorization should be obtained before entry into the games will be given**
  • All bags are subject to be searched by security prior to entry and security will be located at each gate.
  • No smoking is allowed on High School Facility parking lots or common areas.
  • No weopons of any kind are permitted.
  • High School grounds are not to be used as public restrooms!!!  Patrons must use bathrooms or Porta Johns.
  • Schedule is Subject to Change by GMAFL.

Week 1 September 6th & 7th
Friday Sept 6th @ Walker Mill Regional Park (2 Games)
8840 Walker Mill Road District Heights, MD 20747

JV & Varsity Schedule
  Current Standings  
Westlake Bulldogs JV
7 Marlboro Mustangs JV
26
Westlake Bulldogs Varsity
39 Ft. Hunt Federals Varsity
0


Saturday Sept 7st @ Loyola Blakefield High School (4 Games)
500 Chestnut Avenue Towson, MD 21204

Junior Varsity Schedule
  Current Standings  
MoHo Co Lions   in 3 OT
39 Hamilton Tigers
33
Fatz Bulliez  0 Gorc Wildcats 48
Varsity Schedule   
   
Fatz Bulliez
 0 Gorc Wildcats 41
MoHo Co Lions
 8 Hamilton Tigers
0


Week 2 September 14th @ Spalding High School (6 Games)
8080 New Cut Road, Severn MD

Junior Varsity Schedule
  Current Standings  
Marlboro Mustangs
 0
Hamilton Tigers
19
MoHo Co Lions
 28 Gorc Wildcats

44

Fatz Bulliez  0 Westlake Bulldogs 35
Varsity Schedule   
   
Ft. Hunt Federals
  0 Hamilton Tigers 40
MoHo Co Lions
 27
Gorc Wildcats 7
Fatz Bulliez
  0
Westlake Bulldogs
45

 

Week 3 September 20th & 21st
Friday Sept 20th @ Walker Mill Regional Park (1 Game)
8840 Walker Mill Road District Heights, MD 20747

Varsity Schedule   Current Standings  
Fatz Bulliez  18 Ft. Hunt Federals 7


Saturday Sept 21st @ Loyola Blakefield High School (5 Games)
500 Chestnut Avenue Towson, MD 21204

Junior Varsity Schedule
  Current Standings  
Fatz Bulliez
 7
Marlboro Mustangs
52
Westlake Bulldogs in 3 OT
 6
MoHo Co Lions

6

Gorc Wildcats  27 Hamilton Tigers 7
Varsity Schedule   
   
Westlake Bulldogs
 31 MoHo Co Lions 12
Gorc Wildcats
 12 Hamilton Tigers
0


Week 4 September 28th @ Spalding High School
8080 New Cut Road, Severn MD

Junior Varsity Schedule
  Current Standings  
Marlboro Mustangs
 6
Gorc Wildcats
24
MoHo Co Lions
 32 Fatz Bulliez

6

Westlake Bulldogs  0 Hamilton Tigers 19
Varsity Schedule   
   
Ft. Hunt Federals
 0 Gorc Wildcats 38
MoHo Co Lions
 27 Fatz Bullies
6
Westlake Bulldogs
 33 Hamilton Tigers
0


Week 5 Burning Sands Invitational
Sunday, October 6th @ St. Johns High School

2607 Military Road NW, Washington DC 20015

6th & 7th Graders
9am - 12pm
8th Graders
12pm - 4pm
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Week 6 October 11th & 12th
Friday October 11th @ Heurich Field (2 Games)
6001 Ager Road, Hyattsville MD 20781 (Nicholson St. & Ager Road behind Dog Park)

JV & Varsity Schedule
  Current Standings  
Westlake Bulldogs JV
vs Marlboro Mustangs JV
6:30pm
Westlake Bulldogs Varsity
vs Open
8:30pm


Saturday October 12th @ TBD (4 Games)

Junior Varsity Schedule
  Current Standings  
Fatz Bulliez
vs MoHo Co Lions
9:30am
Hamilton Tigers vs Gorc Wildcats 11:30am
Varsity Schedule   
   
Fatz Bulliez
vs MoHo Co Lions 1:30pm
Hamilton Tigers
vs Gorc Wildcats
3:30pm

 

Week 7 October 19th @ Riverdale Baptist (6 Games)

1133 Largo Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Junior Varsity Schedule
  Current Standings  
Hamilton Tigers
 vs
Marlboro Mustangs
9:30am
MoHo Co Lions
 vs Gorc Wildcats

11:30am

Fatz Bulliez  vs Westlake Bulldogs 1:30pm
Varsity Schedule   
   
Hamilton Tigers
 vs Ft. Hunt Federals 3:30pm
MoHo Co Lions
 vs Gorc Wildcats
5:30pm
Fatz Bulliez
 vs Westlake Bulldogs
7:30pm


Week 8 October 26th @ Riverdale Baptist (6 Games)

1133 Largo Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Junior Varsity Schedule
  Current Standings  
MoHo Co Lions
 vs
Marlboro Mustangs
9:30am
Hamilton Tigers
 vs Fatz Bulliez

11:30am

Gorc Wildcats  vs Westlake Bulldogs 1:30pm
Varsity Schedule   
   
Hamilton Tigers
 vs Fatz Bulliez 3:30pm
MoHo Co Lions
 vs Ft. Hunt Federals
5:30pm
Gorc Wildcats
 vs Westlake Bulldogs
7:30pm


Round #1 of Playoffs November 2nd @ Riverdale Baptist (4 Games)

1133 Largo Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Junior Varsity Schedule
     
#1 Seed North
 Bye
#1 Seed South
Bye
#2 Seed North
 vs #3 Seed North

1pm

#2 Seed South  vs #3 Seed South 3pm
Varsity Schedule   
   
#1 Seed North
 Bye #1 Seed South  
#2 Seed North
 vs #3 Seed North
5:30pm
#2 Seed South
 vs #3 Seed South
7:30pm


Round #2 of Playoffs November 9th @ TBD (4 Games)

Junior Varsity Schedule
     
#1 Seed North
 vs
Winner of #2 vs #3 Seed North
1pm
#1 Seed South
 vs Winner of #2 vs #3 Seed South

3pm

Varsity Schedule   
   
#1 Seed North
 vs Winner of #2 vs #3 Seed North
5:30pm
#1 Seed South
 vs Winner of #4 vs #3 Seed South
7:30pm

 

Championship Game November 16th @ TBD (2 Games)

Junior Varsity Schedule
     
North Champion
 vs
South Champion
5pm
Varsity Schedule   
   
North Champion  vs South Champion 7:30pm

 

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  • Different colored wristbands will allow different levels of access.  Field access is one color.  Stadium access will be another color.  You will not be allowed on the field or track withouth the appropriate color wristband.
  • No outside food of any kind will be permitted inside of the GYFL games, unless otherwise instructed.  Check website regularly.
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  • Coolers will not be permitted into GYFL games under any circumstances unless you have received prior authorization from GYFL Management Staff. **Exceptions to this guideline will be made in regards to infant formula, emergency kits, etc. – again prior authorization should be obtained before entry into the games will be given**
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