Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson

The Following Criteria must be met by each All Star Team Staff in order to participate for 2016:
Note:
  Coaches should refer to the Health and Safety Tab for the links and directions on how to get obtain the following certifications.

  • At least 1 CPR Certified coach on every staff, at every practice, and every game.  Must provide a current CPR Card.
  • At least 1 First Aid Certified coach on every staff, at every practice, and every game.  Preferably the team manager or safety coordinator.  Must provide verification.
  • All coaches must successfully complete a concussion course, with verification.
  • At least 1 coach/staff member will have a smartphone with a concussion application that is current and functioning.
  • All Coaches are recommended to provide verification of a current background check.  Beginning in the Spring of 2017, background checks will be mandatory.
  • All Coaches must complete the Coaches Code of Conduct Form (See Forms Section under this tab)

Eligibility requirements:

 

Parental Forms/Needs:

 

Liability Waiver Forms

·        Every player must have a parent sign a Liability Waiver form.  You can NOT play without a waiver form.  The waiver form releases GYFL from ANY liability due to injuries related to GYFL participation.

·       Waiver Forms will be on the website www.TheGYFL.com for download within this tab under the All Star Leagues Tab and GYFL Forms.  ·    


Medical Physical Forms

·        It is recommended that very player have a Medical Physical Form completed by a doctor for the Spring and Fall 2016 Seasons.  There is no need to have 2 physicals per year.  For example, If your child played football in the Spring of the 2016 (Any League) and had a physical for the Spring, the physical form used for that season can be used for our following Fall season as well. The form must be dated within 365 days of the first day of the season, so any child who had a physical for this past Spring can use that form for the Fall of 2016.  Fall of 2016 Forms will be applicable for the Spring of 2017 season.

·        Physical forms will be updated on the site for download under the GYFL Forms dropdown.  They must be filled out with insurance information, etc.  If there is a prior doctors authorization within the time frame, attach it to the form.

·        Parental Conduct Forms

·        Each parent must fill out a parental code form, which will be located on the site at the Forms dropdown.  

Coaches Code of Conduct Forms

·        Each Coach  must fill out a Coaches Code of Contact form, which will be located on the site at the Forms dropdown.  

Age Verification

·       We must certify age, and grade in order to play. 

·       MD State issued ID Cards are acceptable as long as they are current.  

·       NO other forms of ID will be needed if the MD State ID is presented.  We repeat, if an athlete has a MD State ID, NO OTHER FORM of identification will be necessary.

NOTE:  If a Maryland State ID is NOT present, any combination of the information below will satisfy.

·       Athletes will need a photo ID.  We must have the official birthday. 

·         We will accept a school ID with birthday. 

·         We will accept a birth certificate in addition to the school ID if it does not include birthday.  

·         We will accept ID badges from Fall Youth organizations if they have photo, name and birthday.  Any official ID cards will be      accepted.

Note: If no official ID photo is available, we will take a current Head Shot, combined with a birth certificate to validate identity and age.

 
Eligibility Requirements Spring Season 2016:

NOTE:  GYFL is designed to place the student athlete in the League that is most suited for his ability and size.  Not necessarily his age and certainly NOT his grade.  There are 13 year old 8th graders and 15 year old 8th graders with late birthdays.  Our goal is to find the right fit for each athlete to help them develop, while attempting to make the league as FAIR as possible.  We have been lax in that in the past, but will be sticklers for that as we move forward.  The Eligibility requirements below are designed to find that perfect fit.  Please pay close attention to the nuances.

 

Varsity League:

·       Kids can be in the 6th, 7th, or 8th Grade, but can NOT be in the 9th grade (Already in High School) under Any circumstances.  College Coaches come to our games and it is a violation for them to scout HS kids.

·       Kids may not turn 15 prior to Aug 1st, 2001 under any circumstances.  1-Time Reclassified student athletes are allowed, as long as they meet the age and grade requirement.

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Junior Varsity League:

·        Kids can be in the 5th, 6th, or 7th Grade, but NOT be in the 8th grade without written exception by the President of the GYFL.

         Kids may not turn 14 prior to Aug 1st, 2002, without a specific waiver from the GYFL.

·       Legitimate and verified reclassifying 8th graders may request and be granted a special waiver by the GYFL, based on extenuating circumstances.  

·        GYFL Executive Committee reserves the right to "play down" 8th graders who are young, undersized, and/or underdeveloped as a football player (similar to HS coaches playing undersized/underdeveloped 11th graders on JV).  There will be a special Play Down process created that each team will need to adhere to.  

For Example, the age cutoff for JV is 14 prior to August 1st, to account for legitimate reclassified kids. However, there are some 8th graders will will NOT be 14 before August 1st.  We have seen 12 year old kids turning 13 in the 8th grade.  Kids in that category would qualify for the youth exception.  They would come to the play down evaluation event and if it was determined that they would not be able to compete at the Varsity level and would NOT be dominant at the JV Level, a waiver may be authorized

 If a waiver is given to any child on any team, each team will have an age waiver option.

 

Frosh League:

·       Kids can be in the 5th and 6th grade, but NOT be in the 7th grade without written exception by the President of the GYFL.

         Kids may not turn 13 prior to Aug 1st, 2003, without a specific waiver from the GYFL.

·        Legitimate and verified reclassifying 7th graders may request and be granted a special waiver by the GYFL, based with extenuating circumstances.  

·        GYFL Executive Committee reserves the right to "play down" 7th graders who are young, undersized, and/or underdeveloped as a football player (similar to HS coaches playing undersized/underdeveloped 11th graders on JV).  There will be a special Play Down process created that each team will need to adhere to.  

For Example, the age cutoff for Frosh is 13 prior to August 1st, to account for legitimate reclassified kids. However, there are some 7th graders will will NOT be 13 before August 1st.  We have seen 11 year old kids turning 12 in the 7th grade.  Kids in that category would qualify for the youth exception.  They would come to the play down evaluation event and if it was determined that they would not be able to compete at the Junior Varsity level and would NOT be dominant at the Frosh Level, a waiver may be authorized.

 If a waiver is given to any child on any team, each team will have an age waiver option.


Grade Verification

For Fall 2016 GYFL Season, We need a copy of one of the athlete's latest report cards from the 2016 school year, with the most recent one being the preference.  Athletes must be in the 5th - 8th Grade to play.

What an awesome day it was!  The kids came out to the field of play through a tunnel and out to the SMOKE!!!!  If felt like we were at the U in Miami! 

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At halftime of the Varsity Championship Games, we introduced the GYFL Spring Champion Montgomery County Bearcats to the crowd.  The Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year were introduced, along with the 2013 GYFL Spring Most Valuable Player!

The Facility was just outstanding.  St. Johns spared no expense when they created this stadium.  The weather was truly unreal, with the Good Lord providing us with 68 degree weather and no rain.  The pageantry was all there.  But, this is one that you would not believe unless you saw it, and you did see it.............................. The Revolution was televised Ladies and Gentlemen.

The Sports Entertainment Network (www.SENTelevision.com) ran a live stream of the Varsity Championship Game.  They did it real big.  They had multiple cameras for a variety of angles.  The sideline reporters were on hand.  There was a pre-game, halftime, and post game show with game helmets on the desk.  There were multiple interviews of players and coaches.  They did it like the NFL Today.  In our dreams, we saw this coming.  WE didn't know when it would happen, but it happened on Sunday November 17th!

All the top coaches will be there.  The WCAC was all over the building.  St. Johns, DeMatha, Gonzaga, McNamara, Carroll, and Good Counsel.  The MIAA was represented by Spalding.  Georgetown Prep and St. Mary's Ryken were in the building.  The stands were filled.  The atmosphere was right...... But to have it televised and streamed live over the internet.  You can't be serious!!!!!!!

Oh and by the way, Superstar Cam Spence who was the 8th Grade Eastbay Game Most Valuable Defensive Player has been selected to compete at the Eastbay 9th Grade All American Bowl for Team USA East (see http://footballuniversity.org/eastbay-youth-all-american-bowl) was in the building.  He had his Eastbay Jersey presentation at halftime of the Varsity Game.

We handed out a beautiful 5 ft Trophy to the JV Champion Gorc Wildcats, and we handed out the Lombardi Replica to the Varsity Champion What a day to remember!!!

Website is www.sentelevision.com to see a their site.  The re-air of the game is available online right now.

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Championship Games Sunday, November 17th @ St. Johns HS (2 Games)

2607 Military Road NW, Washington DC 20015

Junior Varsity Schedule
     
#1 Gorc Wildcats 21 vs #2 MoHo Co Lions 0
     
Varsity Schedule      
#1 Westlake Bulldogs 44 vs #2 MoHo Co Lions 12
     

 

Maryland’s Top 10 for 2016

When we first saw the new list from Maryland Varsity that had the top 10 players for the class of 2016, we were a bit surprised, but on second thought, we should not have been.  We set out to be able to identify, train, and promote the top middle school kids in the DMV with the hopes that they would evolve into the top football prospects in the DMV in the future.

Our first class of Grassroots kids has become seniors now.  They represent the class of 2014.  The class of 2016 was represented in our 3rd year of Grassroots seasons.  By the time we got to that point, we were in full swing and had worked most of the kinks out.  We produced a crop of elite players that we believed would change the perception of the DMV with regards to football.  We believe that has happened.

As you study the list of the top 10 kids from Maryland, you may be surprised to see that 7 of the top 10 kids from the state are Grassroots Alums.  One of the kids is from a region where we don’t have any teams in (Dele Harding #8 from Eastern Christian).  Technically, that moved the ratio up to 7 out of 9.  The #1 prospect Rashaun Smith is an honorary Grassroots Alum.  He came to our Baltimore Metro Stallion practices and desperately wanted to play, but we all knew that he would start as a freshman for Calvert Hall and the risk of injury was just too high.  So technically, we are 7 out of 8, which is just amazing.

The only prospect who could have been a Grassroots alum and is not is Keandre Jones, the # 8 Prospect.  If this does not prove to all of you that Grassroots is the path to top of the HS food chain, I don’t know what else you need!  The teams that the kids have played on are as follows:

Baltimore Metro Stallions (Smith, Smother, & Scroggins)
Montgomery County Bearcats (Shane Simmons & Trevon Diggs)
HC Stars (Eric Burrell)
Charles County Heat (Terrance Davis)
FBU (Tino Ellis)

 

 

#1

Rahshaun Smith | Calvert Hall | Defensive End
Previous Ranking: N/A
6-foot-2 | 230 pounds

Smith is a dominating defensive end who has the size and speed to take over games on the defensive side of the football.  Added strength and endurance over the off-season will help this potential national recruit but one to watch over the next few years at Calvert Hall.


#2

Trevon Diggs | Wootton | Athlete
Previous Ranking: N/A
5-foot-11 | 165 pounds

The younger Diggs is working hard to blaze his own trail on the football field and he started strong with a big freshman year last fall at Wootton.  Two scholarships are on the table at last count and there is little doubt what the coaches at Maryland will be trying to sell to him.


#3

Shane Simmons | DeMatha | Defensive End
Previous Ranking: N/A
6-foot-3 | 210 pounds

The recruiting stock of Simmons has skyrocketed over the last few months and hopes that more will come his way in the future.  Maryland, Florida State, Virginia, Tennessee, and a host of other programs will be fighting it out for this elite defender. 


#4

Keandre Jones | Good Counsel | Defensive Back
Previous Ranking: N/A
6-foot-2 | 200 pounds

A trio of scholarship offers from Penn State, Maryland, and Virginia has really helped Jones get on the map as far as recruiting goes.  He is not in a rush to make a decision and that will only help his stock improve in years to come. 


#5

Tino Ellis | DeMatha | Wide Receiver
Previous Ranking: N/A
6-foot-1 | 185 pounds

The pipeline for DeMatha is strong for years to come and Ellis is a big part of that.  This sophomore has landed multiple scholarships both in and out of the state but many feel he has the potential to do even more as he continues to grow. 

 

#6

Terrance Davis | DeMatha | Offensive Lineman
Previous Ranking: N/A
6-foot-3 | 315 pounds

The University of Maryland coaching staff has worked extremely hard to keep the best prep players in-state for their college football and hopes that Davis will be a part of what they are doing.  The Terps offered him during his freshman season and like the potential of this bigman. 


#7

Eric Burrell | McDonogh | Defensive Back
Previous Ranking: N/A
5-foot-11 | 175 pounds

Burrell did not let his age stop him from making an impact at McDonogh in a conference loaded with talent.  Virginia and Virginia Tech have offered but a number of others may come into the picture soon as well. 


#8

Dele' Harding | Eastern Christian Academy | Linebacker
Previous Ranking: N/A
6-foot-1 | 215 pounds

A full slate of high school games this season is exactly what Harding is hoping for.  Dominating performances at camps has heated things up on the recruiting front for him but beating out USC may be a difficult challenge.


#9

Steven Smothers | Franklin | Wide Receiver
Previous Ranking: N/A
5-foot-9 | 155 pounds

Franklin has a number of younger Division I athletes that could make this team scary in the future and Smothers is among the best.  He has dominated at wide receiver and made some huge catches last year as a freshman. 


#10

Morgan Scroggins | Calvert Hall | Athlete
Previous Ranking: N/A
5-foot-10 | 185 pounds

Playing for one of the most tradition rich programs in the state has allowed Scroggins to continue improving as a player.  His athleticism earned him an offer from Youngstown State with hopes that more will come his way as well. 

       

 

Team Name: Prince William County Raiders

General Manager & Head Coach: Eric Levenberry

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Phone Number: 703-630-0303


Announucements:

Coming Soon

Maryland Crab Bowl and Youth All Star Teams

Maryland's only statewide high school football all star game. The game will feature the best senior all stars from public and private schools in the state of Maryland.
 
The Game will consist of 90 players split on 2 different regional teams. The Washington regional team will consist of players from Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Calvert, St.Mary's, Charles counties, and the Eastern Shore. The Baltimore regional teams will consist of players from Howard, Baltimore County, Baltimore City. Frederick, Washington, Allegheny, Cecil, Harford, Carroll, and Garrett.
 
Just as with the Chesapeake Bowl, the Crab Bowl organizers have asked Grassroots to select players and coaches to fill the 3 different teams for this game.  We will select 35 6th Graders, 35 7th Graders, and 35 8th Graders for both the Eastern part of the DMV and the Western part of the DMV.  That will be a total of 70 at each grade level and a grand total of 210 players.
 
We are very excited to build the youth Crab Bowl to the same level as the High School game.  What we love so much about the Crab Bowl is that it will be played right here at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.  That will allow all of the local public and private high school coaches to see these kids up close and evaluate them in an All Star setting.  As much as we enjoy the travel of FBU and the Chesapeake Bowl, very few if any of the local high school coaches are going to be traveling with us.  This is a great opportunity for players who are good, but may not be deep on the radar yet, to really get some good exposure in the heart of the recruiting season.
 
The Army National Guard Crab Bowl is in its 6th year and has alumni that include Tavon Austin (WVU/ St. Louis Rams), Jelani Jenkins (Florida, Miami Dolphins), 5 other NFL players, and over 450 college football players. Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports considered the Crab Bowl the top in-state all-star game in the country. This will be the first year that we will add a 6th, 7th and 8th grade game into the tradition.  The game will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at McDaniel College. Please find the registration link below.

For those selected, there is a commitment fee of $100.00 to play in the Crab Bowl game.  This fee is part of the online registration and sign up for the game. 

https://2013youthcrabbowl.eventbrite.com/

Players are required to attend the Youth Banquet on Saturday November 30th at TBD time  - PowerUp Sports Training (8610 Cherry Land Laurel, MD). It will be no cost to the players. The Cost to the families will be $30 per person. You will need to reserve your tickets by November 15th.

 

http://2013youthcrabbowlbanquet.eventbrite.com/

 

Practice Schedule will be announced at the Banquet. There will be 3-4 mandatory practices held during the December 2nd -December 20nd time frame. Locations are TBD 

We will announce the committed players on the Maryland Crab Bowl Twitter account @MDCrabBowl on November 15th which has over 2K followers and includes almost every local area high school and college coaches.

Players can also order extra Crab Bowl Gear. We offer Packages and Bowl Rings that are available to purchase.  All Items should be ordered before December 1st.

http://midatlantic.miiduu.com/youth-crab-bowl

For those that receive an invitation, the deadline for you to accept your nomination and pay the registration fee is Sunday, November 3rd. 

Maryland Army National Guard Crab Bowl Game Timeline

December 21, 2013 @ McDaniel College

09:00 AM 6th Grade Game

10:30 AM 7th Grade Game

01:30 PM State High School All Star Game

06:00 PM 8th Grade Game

Contact with any questions.
Sean O’Connor
301-346-4035
Co-Founder of the Crab Bowl

 

On Sunday October 6th, 2013 at the scenic St. Johns College High School in Washington, DC, the Grassroots Youth Football League held the second annual Burning Sands Showcase for current 6th, 7th, & 8th graders. Broken into two groups, the, the athletes were evaluated and instructed by nearly 30 public and private high schools from throughout the Delmarva. In addition to the benefits of competing against some of the area’s top players, athletes were competing for roster spots on the FBU Team Maryland National Championship Team, the Youth Crab Bowl teams, the Youth Chesapeake Bowl teams and MD vs. Nova teams.

Check out the links that will take you directly to Youth1.com, the nation's foremost authority on youth sports.  Youth1 was on hand to capture all of the action and cover it like no other group can!

The event was star studded and included almost 300 competitors.  There has never been anything quite like the Burning Sands Invitational in the DMV!!

The direct links to the videos are directly below:

Top Lineman

Top QB's

Top DB's

Top Wide Receivers

The Direct links to the detailed write ups are below

6th & & 7th Grade Top Performers:

http://www.youth1.com/index.php/football-headlines/12637-burning-sands-showcase-top-6th-7th-grade-performers

8th Grade Top Performers:

http://www.youth1.com/index.php/football-headlines/12654-burning-sands-showcase-top-8th-grade-performers

This past Sunday on the scenic campus of St. John’s College High School the Grass Roots Youth Football League held the second annual Burning Sands Showcase for current 6th, 7th and 8th grade football players. Broken into two groups, the 6th&7th graders, and the 8th graders, the athletes were evaluated and instructed by nearly 30 public and private high schools from throughout the Delmarva. In addition to the benefits of competing against some of the area’s top players, athletes were competing for roster spots on the FBU Team Maryland National Championship Team, the Youth Crab Bowl teams, the Youth Chesapeake Bowl teams and MD vs. Nova teams. - See more at: http://www.youth1.com/index.php/football-headlines/12637-burning-sands-showcase-top-6th-7th-grade-performers#sthash.UsD0wDX6.dpuf
This past Sunday on the scenic campus of St. John’s College High School the Grass Roots Youth Football League held the second annual Burning Sands Showcase for current 6th, 7th and 8th grade football players. Broken into two groups, the 6th&7th graders, and the 8th graders, the athletes were evaluated and instructed by nearly 30 public and private high schools from throughout the Delmarva. In addition to the benefits of competing against some of the area’s top players, athletes were competing for roster spots on the FBU Team Maryland National Championship Team, the Youth Crab Bowl teams, the Youth Chesapeake Bowl teams and MD vs. Nova teams. - See more at: http://www.youth1.com/index.php/football-headlines/12637-burning-sands-showcase-top-6th-7th-grade-performers#sthash.UsD0wDX6.dpuf
This past Sunday on the scenic campus of St. John’s College High School the Grass Roots Youth Football League held the second annual Burning Sands Showcase for current 6th, 7th and 8th grade football players. Broken into two groups, the 6th&7th graders, and the 8th graders, the athletes were evaluated and instructed by nearly 30 public and private high schools from throughout the Delmarva. In addition to the benefits of competing against some of the area’s top players, athletes were competing for roster spots on the FBU Team Maryland National Championship Team, the Youth Crab Bowl teams, the Youth Chesapeake Bowl teams and MD vs. Nova teams. - See more at: http://www.youth1.com/index.php/football-headlines/12637-burning-sands-showcase-top-6th-7th-grade-performers#sthash.UsD0wDX6.dpuf

This year we have done something that has never been done before!!!  We selected a 7th Grader as the Most Valuable Player of the Spring League.  We did NOT want to do it.  We tried very hard to give it to someone else.  How on earth could we select a 7th Grader as the League MVP.  It was almost blasphemous!!!  In 2011, 7th Grade QB Ramar Williams of the PG Swarm was the Offensive Player of the Year, and his teammate 7th Grader Ellison Jordan earned the Defensive MVP award.......  But the League MVP........ A 7th Grader!!!  We just couldn't do it.

One of the reasons it took so long was because we were trying so hard to find an 8th grader that was more deserving.  We poured over the film, looked at the stats, searched and searched for a more deserving 8th grader.  We even silently hoped that DC QB Keonte Johnson, who was deep in the running for the award, would have a breakout Championship Game so that we could legitimately give it to him and keep the award for the 8th Graders, where we thought it belonged.

It didn't happen.......

Congratulations to our 2013 GYFL Spring Most Valuable Player:  Mr. Tremayne Stott of the Montgomery County Bearcats

We first met this young man when he was a fifth grader at our first every Montgomery County Combine at Champions Field House.  We only had 20 kids show up on a very rainy day.  There were only 3 running backs.  Tremayne was a 5th grader, his older brother Travon (Two Time GYFL Alum and All Star now at Good Counsel), and one other RB was there.  NFL All Pro Chris Warren trained those 3 that day and raved about the footwork and skill of Travon and his baby brother Tremayne.  We knew they would both be good, but not this good.

We believe we have the authority to say that Grassroots has the most elite collection of talent every spring season, so to be considered the League MVP means that you are a special football player.  Stott is a special football player.  Being named MVP doesn't necessarily mean you are the biggest, the strongest, the fastest, or even the best player or athlete.  It means that you are the most important player in the league, bar none.  The League MVP is most often going to be the player that leads his team to a Championship.  It is not the player that is all about his stats or his notoriety.  It is about the player that is so talented and means so much to his team that he has the ability to put his team on his back and carry them to a Championship.

That is exactly what Tremayne Stott did in the Spring of 2013 for the GYFL Champion Montgomery County Bearcats.  Stott did it all.  He is not a big kid and will probably be a skill player and/or DB at the next level.  He is about 5'8 and 160lbs.  He sacrificed his personal glory to play Fullback and LB for the Bearcats and he was sensational.  The Bearcats did not have a physically imposing and dominating team like they did in 2012.  They had a great coaching staff and a bunch of tough hard nosed football players, with this 7th Grader leading the way.  Every game was close and tough and it seemed like WHENEVER the Bearcats were down and needed a score, the ball was in Stott's hands and he was scoring TD's.  The game that most jumps out at us was the tough contest with Baltimore at Riverdale Baptist when Stott broke two 60 yard TD runs to win the game.  Showed us his speed in that game.

In other games he caught TD passes out of the backfield when the Bearcats needed him.  He made big tackle after big tackle for the team.  He picked off passes when they were needed.  He saved his best efforts for the biggest stages and carried the Bearcats on his back in the playoff victory over the Stars, with a timely score.  He came back and was dominant in the Championship game on offense and defense when his team needed him the most.

Tremayne is a member of the first family of Grassroots.  The Stotts have supported us since 2010 and we love them and their boys, but WE DID NOT GIVE this kid anything.  Tremayne Stott does not say much.  He does not complain.  His parents don't complain.  They just support us in everything that we do and support their boys.  Their boys just play football.  They play whatever position is asked of them and they do their talking with their pads.

Whatever high school that is blessed enough to get this kid and this family should consider it an honor.  He is a true winner in every facet of the word.  He embodies what it means to be a team player and to be a winner.  May not be the fastest.  May not be the flashiest.  But, I would take this kid into battle with me anytime and anyplace.

Congratulations young Mr. Tremayne Stott!!!  You are the GYFL's 2013 Most Valuable Player and you always will be!!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Grassroots is proud to present to you our 2013 Spring Season Players of the Year!!!!

Offensive Player of the Year: Mohamed Ibrahim of the HC Stars

The kids nickname says it all.......  Actually he doesn't have a nickname, the Voyce gave Ibrahim and "nick phrase."  he is referred to in GYFL circles as "All I Do is Score!!!"

This young man come from the Hamilton Tigers out of Baltimore, where he had an excellent 8th grade season.  Although well known in Baltimore circles, for some reason, he was not known on the regional stage down in the Washington Metropolitan area.  When he joined the Stars, coach T. White and the crew knew very little about him, except the fact that it was obvious that he was a very talented athlete.

He started out as the 3rd string Tailback, playing behind kids who were more established, had played Grassroots in previous springs and/or played on our MD State All Star Teams.  By the time we got into the second game of the Spring season, it was clear that this kid was phenomenal.

He worked his way up the depth chart because it seemed as though every time he touched the ball, he was scoring touchdowns.  By the time we finished week #4, it was clear that he was the class of a talented RB core in the league.  Ibrahim can flat out do it all!  He is fast, quick, elusive, and delivers a powerful blow when necessary.  He had a standout season for Stars breaking big runs in every game of the season.  He saved his best performances for the biggest games and never disappointed.  Ibrahim was a threat to take it to the house every time he touched the ball.

He came into the season without a commitment to any of the top schools.  By the time the season was over, every top school in the DMV was trying to get him.  He enrolled at 4 Time WCAC Champion Good Counsel High School in the fall and continued to tear up the gridiron as the featured tailback for the vaunted Good Counsel freshman team.

Congratulations young Mohamed Ibrahim.  You are the 2013 GYFL Offensive Player of the Year!!!

Defensive Player of the Year:  Jalen Lea of the Montgomery County Bearcats

We first met Jalen in the Fall of his 7th grade year and it was clear that he was going to be a dominant player.  He played against older kids every year and did more than hold his own.  He was a stellar member of the 2012 Bearcat team that went 8 - 0 through the regular season and appeared to be the favorites to win the Championship that year.

He played OG/DT as a 7th grader and tore the league up!  When he came back for his 8th grade year, we projected that had the size and speed to be an elite level Linebacker and Coach Steffanelli played him at that position in the Spring of his 8th Grade year.

Lea was an absolute terror in the Spring of 2013 as he led his team to the Bearcats first Grassroots Championship.  He made plays all over the field and plain dominated offenses from his LB position.  Lea is extremely aggressive and athletic.  He loves contact and thrives on competition.  Lea played through pain and showed up every single play of every game.  He was clearly the most consistent and devastating LB in the GYFL and took his considerable talents to Our Lady of Good Counsel HS in the fall, where he teamed up with Ibrahim to run through another undefeated freshman season.

Congratulations Mr. Jalen Lea to be selected as the 2013 GYFL Spring Defensive Player of the Year!!!!  You have a future so bright you will need sunglasses to see it.

Jason Labbe of the Westlake Bulldogs Goes Nuts on the Gorc Wildcats


The final week of the first year of The Grassroots Mid Atlantic Football League was truly special.  The weather was great.  The slate was strong and the teams delivered.  It has been an amazing year.  It was tough to pull this season off, but God was with us and we got it done in grand style.  If you think the regular season was great, the playoffs will blow your mind!!!  The Spring Season will make you dizzy and year #2 of the Fall will just be unfair!

Game #1:  Hamilton Tigers JV 50, Fatz Bulldogs 0

The Fatz Bulliez Bulldogs and The Hamilton Tigers started us off with a DOUBLE HEADER! But we're strictly JV on this one, as "G5" Jabril The Jet Johnson & Na'Jaye Boyd celebrate their FBU Acceptance Letters with a Hamilton VICTORY! 50 to 0!.. Ground Breaking Game as the 1st 5 possessions were "1 & Gone's!" That's Right!.. 1 snap, 1 play, 1 touchdown! 5 times straight! Beshon Tyler picked up the PTP'er Nod for FBB.

Game #2: Gorc Wildcats JV 13, Westlake Bulldogs 0

The GORC Wildcats and The Westlake Bulldogs added another "CLASSIC" to their already storied history. As Tony Urbizo (GW) & Kameron Adams (WB) had the kinda defensive games you dream for. Gorc took this one 13 to 0, as Sam "I Am" Sweeney passes his way by Westlake in a close one. 

Game #3: MoHo Co Lions JV 27, Marlboro Mustangs 13

The MoHo County Lions faced off against The Marlboro Mustangs! This game was louder than any JV Game this YEAR! As fans should have gotten the PTP'er in this one. However, Sure Handed Christopher Clark picked up those credentials for MoHo and Dominic Logan Neely ran "War Horse" style for The Little U! The Final was MoHo 27 and Marlboro 13

Game #4: Hamilton Tigers Varsity 27, Fatz Bulldogs 12

This was actually the 2nd played, between The Fatz Bulliez Bulldogs and The Hamilton Tigers! "No, it wasn't just one looong game!.. No, they weren't hoggin' the field!.. it was 2 games by 2 different age groups! Thank You! Lmbo" Anyway, The Bulldogs jumped out to a Gr8 Start, going into halftime up by 12 playing some sound football the week after their coach got the COTW Award. However, the torch would get passed as Hamilton came out after the break period to score 27 unanswered. With that, they take the game 27 to 12! Despite Greg Stewart picking up the PTP'er Nod and not finishing the game due to injury. Josh "PeeeYouuuhhh" Pugh was just TOO FAST and TOO FURIOUS! Running for career highs on the ground.

Game #5: MoHo Co Lions Varsity 46, Ft. Hunt Federals 0

Which brings us actually to the 5th played game of the day. Featured 2 Teams peaking around the right time as well. The Moho County Lions and The Fort Hunt Federals came to "BRING IT!" The Lions without their QB's Doc Bonner & Sutter Urgo had Kyle Fairbanks under center and a BIG DAY from Cooper McGeehan. That made this A LOONG DAY AT THE OFFICE for FBU Championship HB Amir "Pound4Pound" Jordan and The Feds. Zack "Monster Mash" Monson and his comrades weren't enough for all the weapons MoHo County brought to the table, particularly without the services of their leader and best player Big John Holzworth.  Holzworth is one of the best wrestlers in the DMV and had to miss this game.  Even with the abundance of injuries. The Lions Team Depth, may be a viable asset for "Cowboy" Sean McCutchen and "The Body Mover" Jabari Bennett. The Federals fall short in this one, 46 to 0 as "Die Hard" Brandon Willis scaled back on the Witchy Poo Socks and cranked up the Speed. Willis and Jordan take the PTP'er Nods for this one.

Game #6: Westlake Bulldogs Varsity 33, Gorc Wildcats 0

"Whoooo!.." Was beyond worthy of the hype and hoopla! Facebook was ON FIRE leading up to this! In fact.. Nah, Nah, Nahhh! Don't hold me BACK! ..!.. Yeah, I thought so! ((BoL)) The anticipation level was HOT, HOT, HOT! Not in a bad way.. but when you have 2 Teams who believe they are "The BEST IN THE LEAGUE!" And the scheduling just had The GYFL World saying, "Wait til GORC & Westlake Play!.. Just Wait!" The Coaches go over their schemes twice.. The Players are Amped!.. The Bleachers WERE ROCKIN!.. and I sounded, Oh So Fresh & So Clean!.. PLUS WERE UNDER THE LIGHTS AT RIVERDALE BAPTIST! OH, We bout to play some football.. Football.. FOOTBALL! (Panting from EXCITEMENT)

The GORC Wildcats & Westlake Bulldogs finally met up in what was to be a TREMENDOUS GAME! Both teams came out HITTING! I mean, HITTING! This ain't your momma's football over here! Whoooo!.. So much of the 1st half played out like 2 Heavyweights exchange their best blows and neither would budge as they went into halftime. Neither team looking like it was gonna be a cake walk. Penalties, Long Down and Distance and Brain Farts "Excuse Me!.." Kept the crowd in tune to everything.

That would not be the case in the 2nd Half!.. Cause with The GYFL World watching, Jason Labbe introduced the people to "Baby BEASTMODE!" (Ahhhhh!.. and light shined, and little football angels fluttered around) As Labbe ran with a determination that was so overwhelming. We had ministers with oil on stand by! Jason ran so possessed.. The Gorc Defense had done a ridiculously outstanding job holding Westlake out the endzone. My hat comes off to Tee White, The History Maker Jeff Moody and the players. But so much was made of Ellis, Boone, Donnelly, Hill and Goode. That Labbe was not supposed to do that to'em! By the time, Noah Taylor surfaced.. Whoooo! Westlake started firing on all cylinders! The 5 WR Spread of Gorc never materialized, as the blitzing packages had Trent Jackson hoping he could see his 1st read. I'd say more, but I'd have to charge you! "Downtown" Derek Brown got the nod for GORC & Jason "Baby BEASTMODE" Labbe took it for Westlake. Whatta Game! The Final was 33 to 0, Westlake! All roads to the Championship has to go thru the Orange, Blue and Gray! (Not necessarily in that color order, but those colors)

Wheeeeew!.. Im tired.. I feel like I need a couple of days.. Oh, we don't play again til Saturday?.. Cool! I'll see you all at Riverdale Baptist.. for more, football.. Football.. FOOTBALL! Grassroots Style!  FYI....... Bays Trays won't be able to make it out on Saturday and there will be no concessions on hand.  Parents can bring their own food for the first and ONLY Time!!!!

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