With Prince Field decked out in pink everywhere, the Miami Springs Optimist 120-pound Hawks youth football team dealt out some pink punishment of their own last Friday night, Oct. 4.
Sporting special pink uniforms, the Hawks hosted the Police Athletic League (PAL) Jets and proved to be most inhospitable as they scored six times en route to an easy 36-6 victory before plenty of folks on hand to enjoy the proceedings.
Everyone was on hand decked out in their best pink before the game to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Even better than the actual lopsided win was the fact that it marked the sixth consecutive victory for head coach Damian Sosa Sr. and his group of kids, who saw their record improve to 7-1.
“Amazing,” said assistant coach Eric Argote Sr. “Undermanned, understaffed and undersized and these kids just go out there every week and find a way to get it done. We can’t be more proud of them.”
"We are not the biggest, nor the fastest but these group of kids go out there and play for each other every week," said Sosa Sr. "That's why we are finding ways to win.
Springs’ only loss came way back in late August at the hands of West Miramar by a 30-6 score to drop the Hawks to 1-1. Since then, they’ve gone on their six-game tear and are currently in second place among the 17 teams in their league.
Key players for the Hawks have come in the form of two coaches’ sons, Damian Sosa Jr. and Eric Argote Jr. along with running back Bryan Posada.
Those three along with a handful of others including Cameron Bonilla, David Paul, Shelton Ballard, Keith Bain and Jason Laso have now been together for a number of years and form the core of the team.
“Of the 17 kids on our roster, I think a dozen of them have been together for at least five years now,” said Argote Sr. “These kids have learned to work so well together by now that you can see it translate out there on to the field and that in turn translates into some terrific play.”
That terrific play will need to continue over the next few weeks as Springs is slated to play two tough road games against the teams that are right behind them.
This Saturday, Oct. 12 they will travel to Suniland Park in Pine Crest to take on Suniland followed by a trip to K-Land Park on Oct. 19 to take on Kendall Boys Club.
The top eight teams of the 17 will qualify for the playoffs in November.
"It's not just the kids either as I've had a great group of assistant coaches who have done a great job as well," said Sosa referring to his other staff members including Thomas Bonilla, Luis Gonzalez, Eddy Posada and Bobby Maldonado. "They have put in a lot of time and played a key role in our success."
“We’ll keep working hard and try and keep the kids focused on the task at hand,” said Argote Sr. “These next two games are big ones and hopefully we can come out on top.”