This is perhaps the most competitive division this year in the American Youth Football League in Broward County, Florida. You have a division where as many as five teams have an equal chance of standing on top of the mountain at end of the season. Here is how I think things will shake out in week one of the 120 lb. playoffs.
#1 Weston – 18 #8 Plantation – 0
Plantation was dominated in the first meeting in week 5. Weston has continued to get better as the season has gone on. They also rebounded well from having a 38 game win streak snapped by PPO two weeks ago.
There’s nothing more exciting than a football player taking a football and weaving through defenders to go the length of the field. In celebration of that and to give a shameless plus for an awesome Dri-Fit T-shirt, I am going to be holding the weekly/monthly “Bomb ‘ Em for 90” segment on Gridironstuds.com. This week we are going to take a look at two plays from the NFL yesterday and both were accomplished by players from the NFC North Division.
First up was Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson. The much maligned receiver operating in the finest receiving corps in the league hauled in a slant and go (slugo) route from Aaron Rogers and raced 93 yards to the end zone vs. St. Louis yesterday. It was just another big play for this offense enroute to another victory to move them to 6-0 on the season. Here’s a view of that exciting play:
There are good games and there are games like the one freshman QB Tucker Israel had on Thursday Night. The signal caller surpassed the Florida state record of eight touchdown passes in a game when he went out and rained down 10 TD passes on Celebration High School in a 68-10 win for Lake Nona. If you are looking at those numbers and thinking it was bombs away, you would be disappointed. Eight of Israel’s 10 touchdowns traveled less than 20 yards in the air. Israel hit Ryan Sousa on a pair of skinny slant pass patterns and that was as deep as it got. The rest of Israel’s TD passes came from a combination of jet sweeps in which he chucked the ball one yard ahead to a player in motion and screen pass type dump offs to a back standing at the line of scrimmage. Regardless of this fact, it worked for Lake Nona as they had a 54-10 halftime lead on the well whipped Celebration team. Israel fell short by one of the national record of 11 TD passes thrown in a game. On the season, Israel has 24 TD passes and only four interceptions with an eye popping 1808 yards to boot. Lake Nona has won five straight since losing their opener to Orlando University High School. It’s gonna be a great year and a great career for this freshman. If he stays healthy he will likely own all of the state passing records by the time he dons his cap and gown.
We all see him on Sunday’s giving the other team fits and making opposing fans say words they should not be saying on Sunday. However, Desean Jackson is not new to this. Jackson was a phenom in high school playing for popular California High School Long Beach Poly. Jackson was groomed for greatness… literally. Jackson was trained by older brother and friends to be a playmaking machine. Young Jackson took the training and ran with it. It’s always good to look back and see what a guy used to be especially when he’s now a pro getting it done. Max Preps takes a look at Desean Jackson’s playmaking high school days in their segment called “Way Back When”
Yes, I know it’s old news but there are still those of you out there who have not seen it. So this is for you. A couple of weeks back, the Packers were out doing their thing which of late is beating the back out of the Chicago Bears (sorry windy city fans).
During the course of another Packers victory, Sam Shields found himself going down field with Hester on a pass route and things got a little testy. Don’t know who shoved who first and what may have led up to this but what I do know is that Hester and Shields started to go “All Andre Rison vs. Deion” on each other. Luckily the referee and cooler heads prevailed before it go full scale but this is the first I can recall two Hurricane teammates getting into it with each other on the field. Now, this would not have been unusual on the Hurricane practice field but to see it when they are on separate pro teams is unusual. For those wondering, Shields and Hester were not at Miami at the same time. Shields came right after Hester’s departure. If anyone can name another instance in which this would have happened, please comment. If anyone can think of an instance in which players from the same school got into on the NFL field, please comment.
I have been paying attention and I hope you have been too. Top tier college football programs are finding it difficult to polish off those teams they have historically demolished by half time. This year, more than ever, it seems that the meek are beginning to rise. Just this past week I watched Utah St. beat someone (Wyoming) by 49 points! Utah State! This would have never have happened 10 years ago and I don’t care who Utah St. was playing. Wake Forest jumps up and beats Florida St. Syracuse had to travel to the edges of hell to beat Tulane 37-34.