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NFL flag football
Three youth flag football teams from Miami were national finalists, completing their season-long quests at the NFL Flag, powered by USA Football, National Championships in New Orleans.
In the Coed 9-11 age group, it was an all Miami final as the (Miami) Mighty Dolphins JV defeated the (Aventura) Mo Steele Juniors.
The Mighty Dolphins qualified for nationals by winning a region qualifier in Dallas and Mo Steel did the same in New Orleans.
The national champs are Marvin Anthony, Willie Bentley, Ilias Clerisier, Dextan Hodge Jr., Tavares Kelly, Andrew Reese Jr. and Coach Haiven Kornbluth. The national runners-up are David Egozi, Arturo Jena, Robert Moret, Fred Nudel, Presley Pomeranc, Will Poses, Alejandro Sabo, Jonathan Weiselberg, Aaron Winer and Coach Yossi Behar.
In the Boys 12-14 division, the (Gilbert, Ariz) Coast to Coast Raiders defeated the (Miami) RedZone All-Stars in the finals. RedZone also advanced to nationals by winning regionals in New Orleans.
The national runners-up are Khevani Francios, Derek Gonzalez, Paul Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, Oliver Guerra, Nicholas Lopez, Patrick McGhee, Sean Zetino and Coach Luis Rodriguez.
The (Miami) Varsity Dolphins were third. They are Keissac Hill, Alexander Stallings, Desmond Fairell, Sharod Johnson, Darnell Durham III and Kaywon Hannah.
• Twenty-four teams from across the United States competed in Metairie, La., with eight teams in each division. Round-robin competition determined seeding for a single-elimination semifinals. Teams qualified for the national championships by winning regional tournaments hosted by NFL clubs.
In 2012, a record number of 198,000 boys and girls, age 5-17, were part of NFL Flag, powered by USA Football, a fun and exciting non-contact football experience. The league develops skills and learning lessons in teamwork, dedication and discipline.
Regional tournaments were hosted by the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders.
USA Football is the only official youth football development partner that the NFL has had in its 93-year history. Leading football players and coaches in 50 states in strengthening their skills through digital membership resources, USA Football helps steer and bolster America’s premier flag football experience.
• USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts dozens of football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.
Prime Time Sports flag football
Max Greenwald threw three touchdown passes as the Gators defeated the Fighting Irish 19-13 in Seniors (5th-6th grade) of Prime Time Sports flag football at the Michael Ann-Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.