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2013 Opening Day Summary

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Super Star QB Sam Brown was a smoking 5 for 5 before leaving the game with an injury to his non throwing wrist.  Specatacluar Prospect who was poised to rip up the league.  On his way to Gonzaga. Super Star QB Sam Brown was a smoking 5 for 5 before leaving the game with an injury to his non throwing wrist. Specatacluar Prospect who was poised to rip up the league. On his way to Gonzaga.

Week 1 April 20th @ Riverdale Baptist School
1133 Largo Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Fairfax County Colts
 19 Prince William County Lions
Baltimore Metro Stallions
Anne Arundel County Wildcats


Howard County Stars
31 Loudoun County Eagles


Montgomery County Bearcats  8 Charles County Heat 2
District of Columbia Warriors
Prince Georges County Swarm 17

If there are still any doubters out there regarding the effect of the Grassroots experience, I don't know what to tell you.  Not only did we have 1200 fans show up throughout the day to check out the talent, High School Coaches from all over the DMV were on hand to take in the sites as well.  We had the Great Rick "Doc" Walker on the scene and superstar U of MD WR Stefon Diggs.  11 Year NFL veteran and GYFL VP Chad Scott stopped through as well.

But those of you that know what we are all about understand that our goal is College and nothing less.  Mike Locksley from the U of Maryland was on hand last year to see us and that made our season, but he is local (LOL).  For our opening day, we had coach James Ward from Ohio University come a long way to see what all the fuss was about.  He actually paid to, so he most definately got his money's worth!!!!  Haters need to stop hating and trying to keep kids from Grassroots.  You folks are keeping opportunities away from these babies that are going to go to other kids.

For Game Day Photos by ENP Photography, CLICK HERE to view and order.

Game #1 Fairfax County Colts vs Prince William County Lions
What an awesome day it was at Riverdale Baptist for Game #1 of Season #4.  We got the 4th season off with a bang for sure by showcasing the battle of Northern VA.  We pitted the Fairfax County Colts, who struggled mightily last season and only won 1 game.  They were intent on not allowing this season to begin the way last season ended.  Fairfax County is lead by Head Coach and GM Ricky Hairston, who is a tireless worker that is committed to his kids and his program.  He has spent countless hours on the practice field getting the Colts ready for the season opener.

Prince William on the other hand ended it's season on a 3 game winning streak after losing the first 5 games in their inaugural season.  No team was hotter than the Lions at the end of last year as WR Eric Kumah made himself a Grassroots Legend.  As a 9th Grader Kumah was offered a scholarship by the Tennessee Volunteers after a stellar 9th grade year on the varsity for Hylton High School.  Prince William Head Coach and GM Eric Levenberry also had plans to get out of the blocks quickly this year.  Only one of them would leave this day happy.

The first quarter was  a true defensive struggle as both defenses struggled to move the ball.  Lions starting QB Jayden Riley had no time to get rid of the ball from his spread offensive position on the first possession as Colt DL John Holzworth and Jahlil Puryear applied consistent pressure on the first couple of drives.  Colt starting QB Tyrone Crabb was under the same type of pressure from the Prince William Defense led by GYFL alums Jonte Craig and Zion Johnson.  The first big play of the day was an interception in the first quarter by Devante Smith, who looks to be a big time prospect on the defensive side of the ball.

Both teams continued to stop each other and turn the ball over on downs or punts throughout the 1st quarter.  In the 2nd quarter, Prince William RB Gilbert Grant III showed great quickness on a burst up the middle for about 9 yards before the Lions turned the ball over on downs.  That is when the Colts Ty Crabb got warmed up and began to get the spread offense moving down the field.  After a great ball fake, Crabb his WR Jahlil Puryear down the left sideline in stride on a 44 yard pass and catch to get deep into Lion territory.  After another big stop by Jonte "Big Baby" Craig, Crabb hit WR Matthew Pidgeon in stride on a perfect post pattern behind the linebackers and between the safeties for a 14 yard TD pass to give the Colts a 6 - 0 lead.   After another punt, Crabb was in business again, before LB Alex Smith made an outstanding interceptions after covering the WR across the middle like a glove.  Prince William was not able to convert and the Colts took a 6 - 0 lead into halftime.

Prince William struck first in the 3rd quarter.  Alex Smith made an acrobatic catch on a pass by Riley to keep the drive alive and give the Lions momentum.  On the next play, Riley threw a perfect pass over the middle that could have been a big play, but it was dropped.  Zion Johnson made a tough catch, the Riley caught him on a TD pass to tie the score at 6 - 6.  Riley hit Ishmeal Farmah for the extra point which gave the Lions a 7 - 6 lead.  On the next possession by the Colts, the Lion defense stiffened and after a questionable 4th down try the Colts turned the ball over on downs, giving the Lions great field position and momentum.  Jayden Riley threw and interception on the ensuing play to William Cusic. 

The rest of the 3rd quarter was controlled by the ground game of Fairfax County with Asaveon Coleman carrying the bulk of the load.  He had a number of impressive runs from the spread offensive RB position.  The quarter ended with the score being Fairfax County 6 and Prince William County 7.  After a great defensive stand by Prince William and a turnover on downs, the Lions found themselves in scoring position on the Colt 8 yard line.  This was before the Player of the Game Jahlil Puryear burst through the backfield and literally ripped the ball out of Ishmeal Farmah's hands.  Before we knew it, Puryear was racing back towards the other endzone for 97 yard TD run that stole the momentum and took control of the game.  After the failed conversion, the score was 12 - 7 Fairfax, but it was still anybody's ball game with plenty of time left in the 4th quarter.

The second best play of the game may have been the onside kick that caught Prince William off guard on the kickoff.  Fairfax recovered the ball and began pounding the dejected Lion defense with Coleman.  He broke of a scintillating 22 yard run to get to the 7 yard line, then broke around left end for the 7 yard TD run that sealed the game.  After the conversion pass by Crabb the score was 19 - 7 and the game was in the books.

Players of the Game

Fairfax County: Jahlil Puryear
Prince William County: Alex Smith

Prince William County Lions Game Statistics


Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
Jayden Riley 11 29 69 1 1 2 0
Jarrett Powell 4 9 13 0 0 0 1

Total Passing:

 15  38 82 1 1 2 1
Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
Jarrett Powell  1  2  2.0  0 1
Gilbert Grant  3  -3  -1.0  0 0
Jayden Riley  2  -10  -5.0  0 0
Ishmeal Farmah  5 -19 -3.8  0 0

Total Rushing:

 11  -30  -2.7  0 1
Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
Qishan Johnson  5 36 7.2  0 0
Alex Smith  2 24 12.0  0 0
Tre Gresham  3 20 6.7  0 0
Ishmeal Farmah  3 14 4.7  1 0
Gilbert Grant  1 -2 -2.0  0 0
Zion Johnson  1 -10 -10.0  0 0
Total Receiving:  15  82 5.4  1 0
Offense Yards
Total Rushing -30
Total Recieving 82
Total Offense: 52

Prince William County Lions Game Statistics


Name Tackle Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
Bryce Hancock 7 3 0 0 0
Zion Johnson 6 0 0 0 0
Ishmeal Farmah 4 0 0 0 0
Christopher Emerson 4 0 0 0 0
Dominique Early 3 0 0 0 0
Devante Smith 3 0 1 0 0
Jarrett Powell 2 0 0 0 0
Gilbert Grant 2 0 0 0 0
Deonte Fogle 2 0 0 0 0
Jonte Craig 2 0 0 0 0
Myles Gardner 2 0 0 0 0
Alex Smith 1 0 1 0 0
Corey Cabrera 1 0 0 0 0
Totals: 39 3 2 0 0
Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
Total P Returns:          
KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
Total KO Returns:      


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Game #2 Baltimore Metro Stallions vs Anne Arundel County Wildcats 
The second game of the day was even more thrilling than the first game.  GM and Head Coach Tyrone Johnson has one of the winningest programs in GYFL History.  He won the inaugural GYFL Title.  His Stallions came up one game short during the second year from making it to the Championship Game.  In year 3, he lost to the HC Stars in the Championship Game.  He is used to winning and this years team is one of the deepest and most balanced teams that he has had.  Coach Ty has been the commissioner of the Northwest Bulldogs and has parlayed his success into the Junior Varsity Head Coaching position at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore.

The Anne Arundel Wildcats are a new franchise, but they are lead by one of the most decorated youth coaches in the DMV, who is originally from the Gorc Wildcats.  He is now the Head Coach at Palotti HS after winning Championships with the DeMatha Junior Varsity team.  We expected this one to be a barn burner and that was exactly what it was.  The Wildcats feature one of the top QB's in the DMV in Sam Brown.  Sam can flat out do it all.  Great size at 6'0 he has to height to see over the line.  He has a rocket for an arm and is one of the most accrurate passers that we have seen in the area in many years.  Sam is on his way to Gonzaga in the Fall and we expect him to have a standout career.  He has the entire package and can flat out do it all.   He was 5 for 5 in this game before going out with a wrist injury that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the spring season.  We are going to miss the Sam Brown show, but it was on pace to be sensational!

On the third play from scrimmage, we found an elite TB from Baltimore Metro by the name of Terrell Smith. This is the reason why we do Grassroots. We want to use this level of competition and platform to confirm the ability of the athletes that we already knew about, but the most exciting part of Grassroots is when we discover and promote elite athletes that we never knew existed. It is not that these kids were not already tremendous players, and it is not as though we groomed and developed these kids. That was done by their youth organizations. But with hundreds of youth organizations in each county, it is virtually impossible to know about all the talented kids and so many of them never get noticed and never get exposure. Our league allows these talented but unknown kids to become household names overnight by exploding on the scene and showing off their talent on the biggest of stages.

Terrell Smith is one of those kids. The Charm City Buccaneer took a handoff from the I formation, broke a tackle in the backfield, hit a hole on the right side of the line and sprinted to the sideline. He eluded a diving tackle on the sideline, tiptoed for about 5 yards to stay in bounds and literally exploded the last 30 yards and turned on the after burners. The kid can flat out fly and prompted the Voyce Wayne Matthews to spout off multiple nicknames for Smith. The Voyce referred to Smith as Lightning McQueen, and Ka’Chow! We will see which one sticks. For some that don’t believe in combines, Smith may have been a surprise to them. Not for us. We watched him at the Duburns Arena run a 4.81 forty, and a 4.87 pro agility shuttle. He broad jumped 8’, and had a 22’7 medicine ball throw. We knew he was an extraordinary athlete. By the end of the first quarter, we knew he was a baller. Now the DMV knows.

Back to the game……. Sam Brown started off sharp. He came out firing on his first offensive possession, completing a couple of short passes out of the spread, but the Wildcats were unable to convert and had to punt. The Wildcat defense was stout and got the ball back. The Kid Brown dropped back, was flushed out of the pocket and threw a Brett Favre like shovel pass to the shifty and speedy Jarot Patterson, who showed a tremendous burst of speed and quickness as he worked his way into Stallion territory. Next Brown saw another 6’, athletic receiver Andre Beale was one on one sprinting up the sideline. He put up a beautiful tight spiral that was destined to hit Beale in stride, but Beale went down to the ground. We couldn’t tell if he was interfered with, or if his feet got tangled, but he went down and made an acrobatic catch, while laying on his back. At this point, Brown was 4 for 4 and the Wildcats offense was looking like a machine.

On the next play from the spread, Brown threw a frozen rope to his WR Michael Gibson who was running a deep crossing pattern underneath the fly patterns used to open of the defense. Gibson caught the laser with both hands, and made a couple of sweet moves to elude Stallion defenders. 25 yards later, he was in the end zone to tie the score at 6 – 6.

On the next possession, we may have found another one! Jamal Williams took the handoff from Everette Jefferson and went to work. He used his speed to get around the left end, broke a couple of tackles, used the spin move and finished off a 30 yard run with style. Next, Smith broke off another one down the left side. He showed the 4.8 speed again as he sprinted down to the 2 yard line. Smith fumbled the next play on a great tackle by James Patterson of the Wildcats. From the Wildcat end zone the game changed in one play. Stephon Torrence came off the edge unblocked and got a clean shot on Brown causing not only a safety for the Stallions, but an injury to Brown, who broke his left wrist and had to leave the game. We spoke to Gary Brown, Sam’s dad and Sam is going to be fine. He will be out for the rest of the Spring, but he should be good to go in about 6 weeks and will be ready to launch his high school career at Gonzaga. Sam was disappointed that he didn’t get a chance to show the Grassroots Nation what he was capable of. Based on what we saw in that first quarter, I can safely say that Sam was going to be one of the front runners for GYFL Player of the Year and Top QB because his talent is just that extraordinary. We are going to miss Sam and the highlights that he would have been sure to put up, but in a brief quarter he showed us that Sam Brown will be a QB to look our for in the WCAC for years to come.

With the score 8 – 0 Baltimore, the Stallions took over after the free kick and the quarter ended that way. Everette Jefferson, another 6’ QB with talent went to work completing about of short passes, but then the Wildcat defense stepped up, forced him to scramble, chased him down at the 50 yard line and Justin Hanson sacked him and forced a fumble that was recovered by #42, whose jersey was not listed on the roster. Once we get an updated roster, this write up will be updated. Back up QB Isaiah Robinson stepped in under center for Brown. Jaret Patterson had a couple of nice runs up the middle before he was met by the Jamal “The Man Beast” Shearin of Baltimore. Shearin is a special talent. He is broad, stocky, and flat out mean! He was virtually unblockable at FBU practice last winter and we have been looking forward to cutting him loose on the Grassroots Nation and he had his coming out party on Saturday. Keep an eye on #76.

That kid Torrence struck again off of the edge with another QB sack and forced fumble. This time it was on Robinson on 4th down. Robinson recovered the fumble but the Wildcats turned over on downs. On the next possession Jefferson tried to go deep, but the Wildcat secondary is very well coached and the safety Cameron Brown was having none of it. A bad snap on the punt put the Wildcats in business on the 36 of the Stallions with momentum, but the Stallions held. Both defenses stopped each other until Robinson found Patterson on a screen pass from the Stallion 25 yard line. Patterson made a couple of defenders miss and cut back all the way across the field. He made it to the left sideline and turned on the burners and got into the end zone. Unfortunately, and unnecessary block in the back by one of his receivers brought it back. This was a big play in the game because as the half was coming to a close, this would have given the Wildcats the lead, tremendous momentum and a confidence boost for Robinson. It was not to be. The half ended without the Wildcats being able to score. The halftime score was Baltimore 8 and Anne Arundel 6.

The second have opened up with a big run by Demorie Carey of the Wildcats. On 3rd down, Torrence struck again and made a play on Jefferson forcing a punt. The Wildcat secondary was impressive all day in 2 deep. The corners were always in tight man to man coverage on the deep balls and the safeties were always in position. Cameron Brown almost had a pick on a long ball in the first half, and Matthew Bell got one on Jefferson on a fly pattern that was covered perfectly. He brought the return back 40 yards into Stallion territory and the Wildcats took over.   The Stallions forced another sack and fumble and got the ball right back at their 45 yard line. Tyrek Alston broke off a nice run for the Stallions. That is when the Wildcats defense turned it up a notch. Seanus Taliano made the play of the game on the next play. He broke through the line and flushed Jefferson out of the pocket. He sacked him and forced a fumble that was recovered by Jehlani Gray and returned 40 yards for a TD. Conversion was no good making the score Wildcats 12, Stallions 8. The quarter ended with that score.

The quarter started with another enormous play by Torrence. He came off the edge again unblocked and got a clean shot on Robinson, forcing another sack and punt. The kid Smith had another run up the middle that was not a TD, but would have surely made the highlight reel. He broke tackles, made a couple of spin moves and pushed forward for about 20 yards before being brought down at the 19 yard line. Not to be outdone, on the next play Jamal Williams broke loose with some great blocking up front, slipped into the secondary, made a move and bounced outside, turned on the jets and scored. A ridiculous late block, which was quite unnecessary could have negated the TD, but Williams was across the line when it happened and Baltimore was penalized on the kickoff. The score was 14 – 12 Stallions in this barn burner.

On the Wildcats next possession, Torrence struck again with another huge sack on 3rd down and forcing a punt. Somebody needs to block this kid! He is amazing. On the punt, Smith mishandled the ball as he was being tackled and it squirted loose. His teammate Antwawn Campbell scooped it up, catching the Wildcat coverage team off guard. A few seconds later, he was displaying blazing speed as he hit the sideline and sprinted 60 yards for the TD, giving the Stallions a 20 – 12 cushion! How exciting this game was. But the fireworks had just begun. On the ensuing kickoff, Jaret Patterson decided to take matters into his own hands. He got some great blocking up front, saw the crease, and just plain exploded down the right sideline for the 84 yard kickoff return. Not only was this kid a stalwart on defense, but on offense and in special teams, how showed that he has elite ability. He is another kid that the GYFL was tailor made for and he has made his name known. The extra point was blocked and the score was 20 – 18 late in the 4th quarter.

After a good defensive stand, the wildcats were back in business, but the pressure from the Stallions forced Robinson into a bad throw that was picked off by Kiyon Winder and returned to the Wildcat 13 yard line, stealing all the momentum. Terrell Smith finished off the dejected Wildcat defense with a 13 yard TD to make the final score 26 -18 Stallions.

This was truly a GYFL Classic. Both teams played great. We were proud of the way that the Wildcats overcame the loss of the top QB in the league and put themselves in position to beat a top quality team like the Stallions. Congrats to the victors, but much respect to the valiant effort of the Wildcats. They will be a force to deal with this year.

Players of the Game

Baltimore Metro: Stephon Torrence
Anne Arundel County: Jeret Patterson

Anne Arundel County Wildcats Game Statistics


Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
Sam Brown 5 5 64 1 0 - -
Isaiah Robinson 1 9 18 0 1 - -
Total Passing: 6 14 82 1 1 - -
Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
Jaret Patterson  12 25 2.1  0 0
CJ Chandler  2  6 3.0  0 0
Isaiah Robinson  3  6 2.0  0 0
Demorie Carey  8  6   .75  0 0
Zack Nueland  1  -1 -1.0  0 0
Total Rushing: 26  42  1.6  0  0
Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
Jaret Patterson  2 28 14.0  0 0
Michael Gibson  1 25 25.0  1 0
Andre Beale  1 25 25.0  0 0
Mason Burtnick  1 3 3.0  0 0
Zack Nueland  1 1 1.0  0 0
Total Receiving:  6 82 13.6  1 0
Offense Yards
Total Offense 124

Anne Arundel County Wildcats Game Statistics


Name Tckl Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
Jaret Patterson  11 0 0 0 2
Antonio Price  8 0 0 0 0
James Patterson  8 0 0 0 1
Warren Dixon  7 0 0 0 0
Justin Hansen 5 1 0 1 0
Seanus Taliano 4 0 0 1 0
Jehlani Gray 2 0 0 0 1TD
Matthew Bell 2 0 1TD 0 0
Hunter Martin 1 0 0 0 0
Total Defense:  48  1  1  2 3
Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
Total P Returns:          
KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
Jaret Patterson  3  98  32.6 1 0

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Game #3 Howard County Stars vs Loudoun County Eagles

The third game of the day featured the reigning GYFL Champion Howard County (HC) Stars.  Everyone was excited to see what they would look like.  GM and Head Coach Terry White shocked the GYFL Nation last yer by winning the Championship in his first year in the league.  He has a very talented squad and many of his top alums from last year came out to support.  GYFL Offensive MVP Abdul Adams of Wilson HS was on hand to show some love.  GYFL Player of the Year Eric "The Definition" Burrell of McDonough was there just to name a couple.

Loudoun County GM and Head Coach Rusty Markland’s War Eagles had a rough campaign last year but they are rough and ready to go for season 4 and came loaded with a full roster and some nice cheerleaders like they always do! We were looking forward to a strong showing from both teams as the stands began to fill up.

On the Stars first possession that powerful offensive live led by GYFL alum and National Champion Sean “Cowboy” McCutcheon began opening holes for another alum Darius Golston, who is poised to have a break out year from the TB position. Golston is big, fast, quick and elusive and behind the blocking of FBU All Stars Big Mike Joseph and Lawtez Rogers, Golston burst down the left sideline for about 20 yards to put the Stars in scoring position. 7th Grade QB Trent Jackson put the first points on the board with a QB sneak to give the Stars a 6 -0 lead with 4:25 left in the 1st quarter.

The Stars defense kept the Eagles offense in check on the first two possessions, but the 2nd punt was muffed and the War Eagles recovered, giving them life on the Stars 32 yard line. The Eagles have two of the best 8th grade linemen in the DMV with Johny Jordan and Daniel “The Boss” Renaud. Those kids are GYFL alums who made names for themselves as 7th Graders at the Nova Combine. They followed those performances up with awesome 7th grade seasons, then topped it off with great performances on the NOVA FBU All State Teams that competed in the FBU National Championship Tournament. They will be a dynamic duo on that line for sure as the season kicks off.

After the Stars defense stepped up and shut the Eagles running game down with a 4th down stop by Khary Smith, it was the Eagles turn to make a play on defense. GYFL alum Damani Neal did just that on the Stars first play from scrimmage. Jackson scrambled out of the pocket on the move around the right end and Neal came up from his CB position and lowered the boom, causing a fumble that was recovered by the Eagles near the sideline turning the momentum in their favor. Big Cam Goode from the vaunted FBU 8th Grade All Star Team and the Stars Championship Team stuffed the run on the next possession as the first quarter ran out.   On the Stars next possession, Jackson went up top and competed a beautiful pass the Chesapeake Bowl alum Cody Wilburn from the Marlboro Mustangs. Wilburn made a great leaping catch before being forced out of bounds around the Eagle 10 yard line.

Golston pushed it down inside the 3 yard line before Mohammed Ibrahim from Batlimore’s Hamilton Tigers program broke a tackle, kept his legs moving and scored from 2 yards out for the Stars. Mohammed is a phenomenal athlete who is on his way to St. Frances Academy in the Fall. Keep your eye out for this kid as he gave his team a 12 – 0 lead in the 2nd quarter. Meech Hembry had a tough kickoff return for the Eagles as they took over on their 45 yard line. Jayden Bunting ran a reverse and showed of great speed on the 15 yard run. This was another one of those kids that caught us by storm at the combine at Dulles Sports Plex, where he ran a 4.66 forty yard dash on a laser!!!! We have been waiting to see if he can do it in pads because he most certainly has the athletic ability and blazing speed.

The Stars defense stepped up big time when big time defender Frederick Cooper came swooping in from his outside LB position and tracked the QB down, forcing a fumble that was picked up by Khary Smith and thwarting the momentum that the Eagles had after the Bunting reverse. The Stars were back on the move at the Eagle 40 yard line as the crowd began to swell.

GYFL Co-owner and 11 year NFL Veteran Chad Scott showed up, along with University of MD Superstar Stefon Diggs, who came to check out the show. GYFL Commissioner Rick “Doc” Walker showed up to see the Stars in action as well. The Crowd was rocking and when University of Ohio Assistant Coach James Ward showed up to check out the kids, we knew the day was almost complete. He was blown away by the talent and has some of our babies on the radar screen already. Back to the action…….

Deron Whitley took over the QB position for the Stars, but Damani Neal made a great stop for a loss to shut them down. When the Eagles got the ball back we saw Bunting’s speed in action on another reverse. On the next play Mitchell Johns, who is the younger brother of GYFL Star QB Nick Johns of Gonzaga, turned the corner on a called run play and lowered the boom on an HC Star after a 15 yard run we knew we had a tough cookie taking snaps for the Eagles. On the next play, Johns rose up and hit Kash Jackson on a pop pass that caught the Stars by surprise and they moved the ball deep into scoring position. This kid Johns has some wheels on him. The Eagles ran the same called roll out from the 21 and he got to the corner, turned on the jets, cut back on the Stars DB and was in the end zone for 6! The score was 12 – 6 and we had a ball game with 3:15 seconds before intermission.

The 8th Grade MD All Star from Montgomery Village Brayden Pierce was very impressive on the ensuing kickoff bringing it across the 50 and showing his 4.8 speed. Two plays later, Jackson went back upstairs to Wilburn, who had to make an adjustment on this play and come back to the ball. He made a perfect adjustment and catch down to the 25 yard line of the Eagles. Frederick Cooper slipped behind the defense and found himself wide open. Jackson hit him for the 20 yard TD pass pushing the score to 18 – 6. After another tough scramble up the middle by Johns to get into scoring position on the 30, the Eagles put in QB Blake Kinkoph to give Johns a blow and as he dropped back to pass, Ibrahim sniffed it and stepped in front of the receiver to make the pick. He caught it at his own 20 yard line and had a convoy of Stars defenders escort him to the end zone from 80 yards out. With his speed, he really didn’t need it. After the conversion attempt was successful by Brayden Pierce, the score was 25 – 6 as the 2nd quarter wound down.

On the next possession, 8th Grade Maryland All Star Swaid Belt, who had a great game on defense burst through the line and blew up the QB, forcing a fumble that was scooped up by Khary Smith for another turnover. The Eagles needed to regroup as a series of big plays kept them from staying close in the first half.

As the second half began, Golston broke off another big run to get the Stars to the 15 yard line, but the Eagles defense forced a turnover on downs. They could not convert and were forced to punt but Meech Hembry stepped up on defense and got them the ball right back with an interception. The Stars defense was just too stout on this day and shut the Eagles down. Brayden Pierce had a nice run, then the 8th Grade MD All Star Golston burst loose once again with a brilliant run to get the Stars back into scoring position. Ibrahim finished the scoring drive off with another good run behind some great blocking to push the score to 31 – 6 Stars.

There was no more scoring on the day, but there were a few more highlights. Brayden Pierce recorded a sack on defense. The Stars offensive line was dominant on the day, along with 7th Grade FB Jeremy Mensah. The blocking backs don’t get a lot of credit, but Mensah earned his stripes on this day.  Malcolm Johnson ended the game highlights with an interception and return into Eagles territory.

Players of the Game

Howard County Stars: Mohammed Ibrahim
Loudoun County Eagles: Meech Hembry

HC Stars Game Statistics


Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
Trent Jackson 4 12 89  1 0 0  0
Total Passing: 4 12 89 1 0 0 0
Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
Darius Golston  8 98 12.3 0  0
Mohamed Ibrahim  15  32  2.1 2  0
Brayden Pierce  6 23  3.8 0  0
Trent Jackson  2 6 3.0 1 1
Karl Mofor  1  5 5.0 0 0
Jeremy Mensah  1 11 1.0 0 0
Deron Whitley  2 -7 -3.5 0 1
Total Rushing:  35 158 4.5 3  2
Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
Cody Wilburn  3  64  21.3 0 0
Frederick Cooper  1  25  25.0 0 0
Total Receiving: 4  89 22.2  0  0
Offense Yards
Total Offense: 247

HC Stars Game Statistics


Name Tckl Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
Karl Mofor 7 0 0 0 0
Swaid Belt 5 1 0 0 0
Frederick Cooper 5 2 0 0 0
Davon Whitley 3 0 0 0 0
Khary Smith 3 2 0 2 1
Mohamed Ibrahim 2 0 1TD 0 0
Cody Wilburn 2 0 0 0 0
Roe White 2 0 0 0 0
Sterling Cisco 2 0 0 0 0
Devin Miller 2 0 0 0 0
Cam Goode 1 0 0 0 0
Ke'Andre Robinson 1 0 0 0 0
Malcolm Johnson 1 0 1 0 0
Sean McCutchen 1 0 0 0 0
Joe Mack 1 0 0 0 0
Mike Joseph 0 0 0 1 0
Total Defense:  38 5 2 3 1
KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
Karl Mofor 1 20 20.0 0 0
Brayden Pierce 1 11 11.0 0 0
Total KO Returns 2 31 15.5 0 0
Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
Davon Williams 2 6 3.0 0 0
Cody Wilburn 1 0 0.0 0 1
Total Punt Returns 3 6 2.0 0 1

Loudoun County Eagles Game Statistics


Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
Mitchell Johns 2 3 30 0 0 - -
Black Kinkoph 4 13 15 0 0 - -
Total Passing: 6 16 45 0 0 - -
Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
Mitchell Johns  8 49 6.1  1 0
Jayden Bunting  6 28 4.7  0 0
Demetrius Hembry  14 25 1.8  0 1
Blake Kinkoph  5  -3 -0.6  0 2
Kevin Burke  2 -8 -4.0  0 0
Total Rushing:  35  91 2.6 1  3
Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
Jayden Bunting 3  23 7.6 0 0
Kashmir Jackson 1  20 20.0 0 0
Damani Neal 1  1 1.0 0 0
Total Receiving:  5  44  8.8 0  0
Offense Yards
Total Offense: 135

Loudoun County Eagles Game Statistics


Name Tckl Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
Damani Neal 6 0 0 0 0
Kash Jackson 5 0 0 0  0
Daniel Renaud 5 0 0 0 0
Russell Blackwell 5 0 0 0 0
Chima Kpaduwa 4 2 0 0 0
Kevin Burke 4 0 0 0 0
Demetrius Hembry 4 0 1 0 0
Johnny Jordan 3 0 0 0 0
Steven McAllister 2 0 0 0 0
Colin Mills 2 0 0 0 0
John Allerton 1 0 0 0 0
Carl Jared-Patric 1 0 0 1 1
Total Defense:  43 2  1  1 1
Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
Total P Returns:          
Kickoff Returns Ret Yards Avg TD Fum
Russell Blackwell 2 34 17.0 0 0
Demetrius Hembry 1 16 16.0 0 0
Chima Kpaduwa 1 9 9.0 0 0
Damani Neal 1 0 0.0 0 0
Total KO Returns: 5 49 9.8 0 0

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Game #4 Charles County Heat vs Montgomery County Bearcats 
The fourth game of the day was the featured game.  It was the one that everybody had circled on their calendar when the schedule was initially released.   There is a lot more to this game than meets the eye. At the Genesis is a bitter rivalry between the Montgomery Village Chiefs and the Westlake Bulldogs. Westlake has dominated the series records, but the games have been legendary and many of the Bulldogs make up the Charles County roster. While many of the Chiefs make up the Bearcat roster. These kids could not wait to get at each other and that is exactly what they did.

The Bearcats stopped the Heat on the first possession and a botched punt gave them great field position for their first possession. That enormous line from the Charles County Heat bottled up the Montgomery County first attempt to score as well. It looked like we were going to be in for a defensive juggernaut at the outset and that is what we got. The first highlight of the game was turned in by the Bearcats Anthony Budd, who took a punt return around the left side of the field for about 30 yards to set Mo Co up with great field position again. This kid did not attend the combine, so we don’t know how fast he is, but he looked fleet of foot as he turned that corner.

This game featured a number of FBU Maryland State All Stars. Most were members of the 7 Grade National Championship Team and a couple played on the 8th Grade team that made it to the Elite 8. The first quarter was a defensive struggle dominated by the interior linemen and linebackers. The Bearcats feature one of the absolute best players in the class of 2017, by the name of Jalen Lea. Remember the name. Lea caught our eye in the GYFL last spring as a dominant 7th grade interior lineman. He began to make the transition to LB during the Fall football season with the State Champion MV Chiefs. He continued the transition as a member of the MD State All Star Team for FBU. The 8th grader is big, bad, and real nasty. He stuffs holes with the best of them and is also developing into a punishing fullback who will be dominant at Good Counsel and should develop into a Division 1 prospect.

As we moved into the 2ndquarter the Bearcats were knocking on the door after a turnover on downs. 7th Grade QB Doc Bonner, who started 9 games last spring for the Bearcats and led them to 8 victories as a young 6th Grader, was beginning to warm up on this possession. He found the multi-talented Jonathan Donnelly on a slant pattern and moved the ball from the 15 yard line to the five. Donnelly blew us away at the Burning Sands last winter and is a shut down corner, but the kid is so talented that he can do a little bit of everything. He played a variety of positions on our 8th Grade MD State All Star Team last year, and is the starting Tailback for the Bearcats in Grassroots. Coach Andy Stefanelli, who is the GM and Head Coach for the Bearcats moved him out the WR spot for that quick slant. On the next play, Bonner threw the fade pattern to Donnelly in the right corner of the end zone. There was a bit of contact and the Heat coaches were calling for a push off, but it was not called and Donnelly made a great catch to give the Cats the first lead of the day.

MD State 8th Grade All Star and GYFL Alum Malik Davis, who is headed to Good Counsel in the fall made an excellent defensive play on the next set of downs for the Heat. Davis has been working hard and increased his speed tremendously, which was on display at the combine. He may be in the running for Most Improved Player at the end of the year.   The Cats forced a turnover on downs and Malik got a chance to show us that speed with Bonner hit him on a crossing pattern right down the middle of field against man coverage. He took it down to the 20 yard line and back in scoring position. 7th Grade National Champion Raymond Boone began to make his presence felt on defense, as well as Keisean Wilson, who came up with a big sack on Bonner which pushed them out of field goal range and the Heat defense held, with a big play from 7th Grade Chesapeake Bowl Alum Even Gregory. The half ended with the score 8 – 0 in favor of the cats..

Myles Harrison was making tackles left and right as the big fella’s motor was in constant motion. Keisean Wilson got another sack to force a punt on the first possession and the snap to Doc Bonner was over his head. The Heat tackled him in the end zone and forced a safety, which made the score 8 -2, and gave the Heat some life. MD State All Star TJ Hawkins finally had an opportunity to show off his blazing speed from the Heat tailback position when he found a crease on the left side of the line and broke through for about 20 yards down to the Bearcat 27 yard line behind a great block from his receiver Raymond Boone. The kid Boone is almost 6’ and 175lbs and will be one of the most highly sought after 7th Graders in GYFL history. He has everything you could ask for in a big receiver/safety. He reminds us of a young Sean Taylor, has a ton of energy, and backs up his bravado with hard-nosed play on both sides of the ball.

7th Grade National Champion Chaz Crawford had a big time punt return and used that opportunity to show a nice burst of speed. Crawford is a legit football player that can play a multitude of positions and sacrifices his game for the team. He is a coaches’ delight and Coach Byrd raves about him. Head Coach and GM Terrance Byrd, who was the coach of the National Champions, as well as the Commissioner of the Westlake Bulldogs, is unquestionably one of the top coaches in the DMV. He is so committed to his kids that he has turned down very enticing offers to coach in the prestigious WCAC. He found himself in a dogfight in week one, which is nothing short of what he expected. He has been in the lab working feverishly to figure out the best way to play without arguably the best 7th grade QB in the Nation in DeJuan Ellis II. DeJuan is a Bulldog through and through who led his team to the National Championship. He is also doubles as a big time point guard prospect who has committed to the renowned DC Assault AAU Basketball juggernaut run by our dear friend Curtis Malone. DeJuan is playing basketball this spring and can’t play for the Heat, but he was on hand to cheer his boys on. Without him, this team is very formidable, even though they are comprised mostly of 7th Graders. As we always say in sports though, “Next Man Up.” This provides a great opportunity for Kelvin Bazemore to show the Grassroots nation what he can do.

As the 4th quarter rolled around, the Heat were knocking on the Bearcats door deep in Mo Co territory inside the 10 yard line.   Superstar Raymond Boone was locked up on GYFL Alum Noah Nicholson. Noah played as a 7th Grader and didn’t get a lot of time. He is an 8th Grader now and is ready for prime time. Bazemore put a nice fade up in the right corner of the endzone and Nicholson had tight coverage. At the last minute, Boone created separation from Nicholson with his left forearm before making the acrobatic catch for what appeared to be a touchdown. The flag was called and the points were taken off of the board. From the review of the film, it was a push off, but to be honest, it didn’t look much different than how the Cats scored their first touchdown with Donnelly. With that being said, the flag was thrown on this one to the dismay of the Heat faithful.

Pushed back but still in striking distance, Bazemore dropped back to pass. We are not sure if he made the wrong read, or if the receiver ran the wrong pattern but the ball went in a direction where there were nothing but Bearcats and Donnelly came down with the ball and turned it into offense to stop this drive. He was tackled by one of the most highly coveted 7th Grade prospects Noah Taylor. Noah is a legitimate 6’1 and 180lbs already. He is a man child who plays WR and Defensive End. Without Taylor’s play in San Antonio, we may not be having that ring ceremony that is being scheduled to take place at the University of Maryland’s Gosset Field House in May….. Oops, I let that slip out!!! That was supposed to be a surprise for the parents and kids, in addition to the visit to the State House in Annapolis with Senator Doug Peters……. Darn…. I did it again! Keep that secret guys. We don’t want the 7th graders to know until we have the exact date in May, so keep it on the down low until its official. But we need you to know that Noah Taylor is the real deal.

Chesapeake Bowl and Nova FBU Alum Carlos Washington took over the tailback duties in the 4th quarter for the Heat and looked really sharp before the Cats turned over on downs. Time was running down for the Heat late in the 4th and they needed to put the ball in the air to get into scoring position to win the game. Bazemore was trying to link up with Taylor on a number of occasions, but either the pass was inaccurate, or the pressure from the Cats was too much for them to handle. GYFL Alum and 8th Grade MD State All Star Brian McNeary, who is also headed to Good Counsel came up with a huge sack on Bazemore and caused a fumble that was going to make it that much more difficult for the Heat. They would have to stop the Cats, stop the clock, and score on the next possession, or they would begin the season 0 – 1. Donnelly made their task that much more difficult when he burst around the left side of the line for a 1st down and a fresh set of downs.   Low and behold, a fumbles center/QB snap gave the ball back to the Heat with one last shot from the 50 yard line.

If it was going to be done, Bazemore was going to have to do it with his arm, but with 1:25 seconds on the clock and 4th down, Bazemore’s pass over the middle was incomplete and the Heat went down with the loss. The Cats were victorious in this slugfest

Players of the Game

Montgomery County Bearcats: Doc Bonner
Charles County Heat: Myles Harrison

Montgomery County Bearcats Game Statistics


Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
 Doc Bonner 3 8 46  1  0  1 1

Total Passing:

3 8 46 1 0 1 1


Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
 Jonathon Donnelly 10 26  2.6  0 0
 Carlos Washington 10 19  1.9  0 0
 Tremayne Stott  2  1  .50  0 0
 Jalen Lea  3  1 .33  0 0

Total Rushing:

 25 38 1.5  0  0


Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
 Malik Davis 1  30 30.0  0 0
 Jonathan Donnelly 2  14  7.0  1 0
Total Receiving:  3  44 14.6  1  0
Offense Yards
Total Offense: 82

Montgomery County Bearcats Game Statistics


Name Tackle Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
Deangelo Thompson 6 0 0 0 0
Jalen Lea 5 0 0 0 0
Tremayne Stott 5 0 0 0 0
Brian McNeary 4 1 0 0 0
Noah Nicholson 3 0 0 0 0
Malik Davis 2 0 0 0 0
Naasir Watkins 2 0 0 0 0
Johathan Donnelly 2 0 1 0 0
Jabari Bennett 2 0 0 0 0
Carlos Washington 1 0 0 0 0
Doc Bonner 1 1 0 0 0
Cameron Hailey 1 0 0 0 0
Brandon Johnson 1 0 0 0 0
Desomond #72 1 0 0 0 0
Totals: 37 2 1 0 0
Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
 Anthony Budd  1  29  29.0  0 0
Total P Returns  1  29 29.0 0 0
KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
 Carlos Washington  1  9  9.0  0  0


Charles County Heat Game Statistics


Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
Kelvin Bazemore 1 11 8 0 1 0 NA

Total Passing:

1 11 8 0 1 0 NA


Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
TJ Hawkins 10 46  4.6 0 0
JJ Bowen 4 28  7.0 0 0
Chaz Crawford 5 9 1.8 0 0
Noah Taylor 1 7 7.0 0 0
Rashard Jackson 1  3 3.0 0 0
Nick Cage 1  2 2.0 0  0
David Dupree 4 0 0.0 0 0

Total Rushing:

 25 38 1.5 0 0


Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
 Raymond Boone 1  8 8.0  0 0
Total Receiving:  1  8 8.0  0  0
Offense Yards
Total Offense: 103

Charles County Heat Game Statistics


Name Tackle Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
Nate Proctor 6 0 0 0 0
Carrington Jones 6 0 0 0 0
Keisean Wilson 5 1 0 0 0
Raymond Boone 4 0 0 0 0
TJ Hawkins 3 0 0 0 0
Evan Gregory 3 0 0 0 0
Michael Troxel 3 0 0 0 0
Chaz Crawford 2 0 0 0 0
Noah Taylor 2 0 0 0 0
Myles Harrison 2 0 0 0 0
Dylan Tayman 1 1 0 0 0
Nick Cage 1 0 0 0 0
Jerome Dory 1 0 0 0 0
Totals: 39 2 0 0 0
Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
Total P Returns          
KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum


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Game #5 Prince George's County Swarm vs District of Columbia Warriors
The final game of the day turned out to be one of the best and most exciting ones of the day. The DC Warriors have been one of the top teams in the GYFL since the inception of the league. The played a double overtime game in the first GYFL Championship Game against Baltimore and lost a heartbreaker. In year 2, the brought home the hardware against a tough Montgomery County Bearcat team. Last year they had a disappointing 4 – 4 season as the league got very tough last year. Coach Maurice “Bink” Vaughn is a legendary youth coach from Beachon house who has parlayed his talents at the youth club level and in Grassroots into the offensive coordinator position at Wilson HS in the District. These guys are looking re-establish themselves after a .500 season.

The PG Swarm are run by new President Charles Owens and newly appointed Head Coach Leo Minus, who has been the 8th Grade MD All-Star Head Coach for the FBU National Tournament the last two years. He is looking to bring the Swarm to the top of the league after 3 mediocre seasons, at least from a record standpoint.

The game started off with a bang as the Warriors took advantage of a missed call by the refs who allowed an incomplete pass to be advanced for about a 30 yard gain. It appeared to be a lateral that was picked up and advanced but the film clearly showed that it was an incomplete pass. WR Henry Thompson took advantage and sprinted down the field almost 30 yards on the play. On the next play from scrimmage, tailback Amani (we will update the last name was not on the roster sheet) burst up the middle of the PG line ran over the LB at the 25 yard line, made a great spin move and exploded into the end zone for a 30 yard run before the fans could find their seats. We need to find who this kid is because he is talented and can get it done. On the ensuing kickoff Joshua Hick showed his speed with a great return that gave the Swarm field position on the Warriors 37 yard line.

FBU 8th Grade All Star Garrison Burnett, who was unable to participate in the National Championship Tournament due to illness, was looking forward to his GYFL debut. He was chomping at the bit to show us what he could do in the winter and was unable too. A fantastic baseball player as well, Burnett missed an important baseball game on Saturday to lead his team into this battle with the Warriors. Burnett is on a mission to show the DMV that he is one of the top QB’s in the region and he has 6 games to do it. He and the Swarm don’t have very much depth right now, so Garrison was not about to let his troops go into battle without him. Due to a number of challenges, obstacles, and lack of support, the Swarm team does not have the depth that we would want for them.

They came into the game 15 deep. But, My Lord did they all make names for themselves with their guts, heart, and determination. We keep our rosters open until week 3 of the season and if there are any young ballers out there that want a chance to get this type of exposure, you have one more week to join this team and make your mark. Contact us to schedule a tryout at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We have one more week for you to join the family and get this coaching, competition, exposure, and love. This fantastic 15 stole our hearts on this day though, and Garrison was one of the special ones.

He wasn’t the only one though. Remember this name ladies and gentlemen. Those that know me understand how serious I am about my credibility and when I stamp and kid, it means a great deal because I can’t afford to be wrong. The kid Carl Payton Jr. is the REAL DEAL. He is a kid like Terrell Smith from Baltimore. He is a young man that Grassroots was designed to find, and get exposure. I have never heard of this kid in my life. I have no idea what youth organization he came from, but I can promise you I will know and I will know soon. This kid absolutely lit the Crusader field on fire on Saturday and burst onto the scene in a way that won’t soon be forgotten. On the Swarm first drive, he carried off of the right tackle for 5 yards. Then he banged off of the left tackle for 7 yards. Then he hit them for 10 yards. That offensive line may not have been deep, but they were good and very effective.

MD 8th Grade MD All Stars Victor Olawatimi (Carroll HS), Brian Lassiter (St. Mary’s Ryken), and TE Jaharold Williams (Ryken) flat out got it done on the first drive as the Swarm pushed the ball right down the field and into the end zone on the legs of Payton. Payton is long and wire with a sweet body lean that will remind you of O.J. Simpson in his USC days when you see that #32 in that Burgundy and Gold. I know that this is high praise, but I know this game and this kid can play. They have a big fullback named Jaivon Belt that was not too shabby at all. Big, strong and powerful. Belt runs with a lot of pop. After Payton scored, Burnett got a chance to show us he wheels on the conversion. Great ball fake and sprint around the left end got him to pay dirt and the score was 7 – 6 Swarm.

After an unsuccessful onside kick attempt, the Warriors were back in business. There was a lot of pressure on the QB Keonte Johnson who had to fill in for the injured Javonte “Moo Moo” Howard. “Moo Moo” is another extremely talented QB prospect that was looking forward to showing the GYFL Nation what he was capable of. I was hearing whispers about the DC QB for weeks now and looking forward to seeing him do his thing. He was lighting up the GYFL Jamboree when he suffered an unfortunate ankle injury that will keep him out for the spring season. “Moo Moo” is a special kid, who I had an opportunity to visit in the hospital and he is recovering just fine. He will be a star player for Coach Crump at Potomac High School where he will play with his brother in the powerhouse PG County program. “Moo Moo” is a Grassroots favorite whose career we will be following very closely, but we do understand that football is a dangerous sport where the mantra always has and always will be, “Next Man Up.”

Keonte Johnson is the Next Man Up, and he has a flat out superstar receiver to throw to. Delonte “Lody” Hellams comes from the vaunted Watkins Hornets program. He is on his way to DeMatha with a talented 8th grade recruiting class. Hellams is a 6’ receiver, who is not a blazer, but always seems to make big plays. He gets open as a result of great route running, and he has amazing hands. A two time MD State All Star selection for the FBU National Championship Tournament and one of the top receivers in the GYFL last summer who was expected to connect with “Moo Moo” this summer and light up the scoreboard. When the star QB went down we had to question whether they would find a QB that could get the ball to him. We got our answer on the next play after the onside kick. Lody lined up on the right side of the field in the slot and ran right by his defender. He raised his hand and the ball was in Keonte’s court. He delivered with a perfect strike down the middle of the field for the 50 yard TD pass and Hellams did the rest. Your score was Warriors 13, Swarm 6 with 5 minutes left in the 1st quarter.

The fireworks didn’t stop there. Prince Harmon almost broke the ensuing kickoff and got to midfield showing a great burst of speed and agility. The Swarm continued to bang Payton up the middle and he continued to deliver. Burnett moved the chains with is best RG III impression on the ground. This pistol offense is tailor made for a run/pass threat like him. Belt burst through the line for a nice gain again behind Brandon Rowe and Jonathan Lopez. Then Burnett was on the move again moving the ball down the field and moving the chains with another tough run as the 1st quarter ran out. Willie Beverly Jr. was working hard to create creases as the Swarm moved back into scoring territory. Burnett’s electrifying TD run around the left side was called back because of a penalty, but it was worth mentioning.  Just when the Swarm were poised to take the lead, the ball was stripped from Belt on the goal line and the Warriors recovered, stealing the momentum. The Warriors had their back against the wall and decided to take a safety, which made the score 13 – 9, DC.

Burnett made a couple of nice throws on the next drive. The back shoulder throw up the right sideline had a chance to be caught but it appeared the receiver lost the ball in the sun. Sean Savoy had nice coverage on the play as well from his DB position. Then Burnett hit Joshua Hick on a comeback pattern. He made the DB miss and got down inside the 20 yard line. On the next play, it was that man Payton again, banging up the middle behind some good blocks, shaking off tackles and keeping his feet moving all the way into the end zone for a bruising 20 yard TD giving the Swarm the lead 15 – 13. At that point the Warriors began to fall apart with bad snaps over the head of the Johnson. They were forced to take another safety which give the Swarm the momentum and a 17 – 13 lead as the sun began to go down.

The Swarm were unable to take advantage of the field position, as a result of a bad pitch on their side. So the halftime score was 17 – 13 Swarm. Prince Harmon did it again on the 3rd quarter kickoff. He has blazing speed and showed it off again taking the return back into Warrior territory on the other side of the 50. The Warriors defense made adjustments at halftime and did a better job of containing Burnett on the QB keeper. The forced the first turnover on downs of the day and went to work on offense. QB Damani Sumpter hit GYFL Alum Sean Savoy on a swing pass and he turned on the burners for about 20 yards. Hellams had has man beat for another TD on the next play but the pass was just a little long. The Swarm secondary was stout on the next two passing plays and forced the turnover on downs.

The Warriors defense stiffened in this 3rd quarter and began to shut down the tough Swarm running game. With only 15 players in uniform, I am sure fatigue was taking its toll on the Swarm players as well, but they continued to fight. The fatigue was evident on a punt play that turned the momentum of the game in DCs’ favor. The punt went straight up in the air and the Warriors scooped it up and pushed it all the way down inside the 5 yard line. The Swarm defense sucked it up, found intestinal fortitude, and performed a miracle and kept the Warriors out of the end zone on 4 plays inside the 5 yard line. As the 4th quarter rolled around the score was still 17 -13 PG Swarm. A fake punt and fumble by the Swarm after an excellent effort by Belt gave the ball back to the Warriors at the 25 yard line. The Swarm defense stepped up again with Brian Lassiter and Marquette Cowan converging on a sack.

On the next play, QB Demani Sumpter found star WR Lody Hellams over the middle. Hellams was frustrated with his teams’ lack of execution and decided to take matters into his own hands. He made a nice catch over the middle, then proceeded to break tackles and run defensive back over until he made his way down to the 5 yard line, putting the Warriors in striking distance. Payton made a big stop in the backfield, but on the next play Johnson found Savoy on a swing pass to the right side, he made the catch and slick move back to the inside of two defenders who were in good position, before popping back outside for the score, making it 19 – 17 Warriors in this thriller with 7 minutes left in the game. Savoy has skills.

On the next possession Burnett moved the chains with his fee on a big third down play. The Warriors picked up the pressure on Burnett causing consecutive incompletions and on 4th down, the Warriors defense was too much to handle and forced the turnover on downs. The Warriors tried to run the clock down by going to the ground game unsuccessfully and on 4th down, Sumpter’s pass was intercepted by Payton, giving the Swarm life. But, the Warriors defense stiffened and forced a sack by #9, whose name we don’t have yet, but will add when the roster is updated. The Swarm looked worn down and the Warriors looked to take advantage. On the next play, an inside handoff to Henry Thompson right up the middle was well blocked and he burst into the middle of the field untouched. He turned on the after burners and scored from the 19 yard line giving the Warriors a 25 – 17 lead with under a minute remaining. The Swarm would need a miracle to pull this one out, but with the Warriors in prevent defense there were no open receivers to get the ball to. Burnett lost the football on a late scramble and the Warriors took a knee to run down the clock and end this exciting game.

Players of the Game:

District of Columbia Warriors: Delonte Hellams
Prince George’s County Swarm: Garrison Burnett

Total Offense:

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