The Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships, presented by Sports Authority, was at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.
The OBYFA is in its 14th season and serves more than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in nine football leagues across South Florida. Past participants include West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Chicago Bears safety Major Wright and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The two-day event featured 12 games with member leagues’ Super Bowl winners and all-star teams.
• (12U-130 lbs.) Miami Gardens Bulldogs (Florida Youth Football League) 38, West Miramar Patriots (Miami Xtreme) 14: Xavier Robertson intercepted three passes, one that led to a 60-yard touchdown run by Tyquan Thornton in the third quarter as the Bulldogs went ahead 31-14. Thornton also caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Lorenzo Floyd.
Terrence Horne scored three times (51-yard run, 12-yard run, 80-yard kickoff return), and Nay’quan Wright had a 90-yard touchdown run and two extra point runs.
Trailing 12-0, Miramar rallied, scoring 14 unanswered points behind touchdown runs from Bran Alvarado and Tyson Campbell for a two-point lead late in the second quarter. Horne returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, ending the Patriots short-lived lead. Miami Gardens scored 20 unanswered points in the second half.
Tyrese Cooper, Jeleole Dalberis, Aaron Gainer, Dmitri Jean, Laythan Manotas, Mi’Chael Miles, Isiah Moore, Andrew Reese and Anthony Sanders played well defensively for the Bulldogs (14-1).
Champs: Charles Philias, Tyrese Cooper, Randy Russell, Xavier Robertson, Tyquan Thornton, Nay’quan Wright, Terrence Horne, Lorenzo Floyd, Artevion Hardy, Brent Plummer Jr., Anthony Sanders, Andrew Reese, Isiah Moore, Mi’Chael Miles, Devon Vickers, Purcell Beasley, Laythan Manotas, Dmitri Jean, Aaron Gainer, Jeleole Dalberis, Andrew Gordon, Eric Newman, Kevin Simpson, Eric Lake, Javon Jones, Isiah O’Conner and Jenathan Medard. Head Coach Toro Wallace.
Runners-up: Eric Hoff Jr., Joao Marques, Tyson Campbell, Jevonni Witter, Wayne Ruby Jr., Bran Alvarado, Rayne Tanega-Doster, Anthony Schwartz, Marcus Lodge, Rachad Wildgoose, Wanya Williams, Jonathon Gonzalez, Cesar Munoz, Jaylen Morrison, Miguel Briceno, Christopher Campbell, Payton Restrepo, Keniel Stewart, Angel Cepero, Uchenna Ezewike, Karim Daniels, Michael Hernandez, Julean Gross-Brewer, Jaeden Hobstable, Michael Ninomiya. Head Coach Eric Hoff.
• (14U-160 lbs.) Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes (Florida Youth Football League) 20, Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts (Miami Xtreme) 8: Quarterback Eugene Davis III threw two touchdown passes and an extra point pass and scored an extra point on a run. Jordan Merrell caught a 45-yard touchdown pass and an extra point pass, and Brion Byrd scored on a 2-yard run as the Hurricanes went ahead 13-0.
In the third quarter, Kendall’s Joshua Jobe scored from four yards on a run to cut the deficit to five, 13-8. In the fourth quarter, Fort Lauderdale sealed the win as Rennard Bozeman had a touchdown catch, covering 43 yards. Jahlani Harrison, Terrance Maxwell, Jonathan Moore, Bradley Royes, Bozeman, Byrd, Davis and Merrell anchored a solid defense as the Hurricanes improved to 15-0.
Champs: Jordan Merrell, Alton Jordan, Terrance Maxwell, Rennard Bozeman, Brion Byrd, Steven Evans, Eugene David III, Jonathan Moore, Giovanni Georges, Deon Brown, Bradley Royes, Jahlani Harrison, Darryl Weaver, Daniel LaRose II, Michael Grace, Milshon Greene, Cedrick Camper IV, Mark Collins, Marcus Robertson. Head Coach Brandon Bivins.