Game of the Week:
Miami Gardens Ravens vs. Lauderhill Lions 100 lb.
By. Brandon A. Odoi
(August 7, 2010)—Today, the Lauderhill Sports Complex, one of South Florida’s greatest youth football venues played host to one of the most competitive scrimmages in the youth football pre-season. Two coaches, known for fielding successful teams, met on the gridiron for their first test of live action against another team. Lauderhill Lions 100 pound head coach, Jeff Fye, returns as the defending champion at this weight class in the SFYFL. The opposing head coach, Rod Mack, led his Miami Garden team to the super bowl at the 90 pound level last year and fell just short of a title.
As the sun beamed down on the green turf field, both coaches prioritized their goals for the jamboree game and identified areas they wanted to work on. Going in the scrimmage, Ravens’ head coach Rod Mack’s aim was to get work in and “keep it basic,” and not reveal too much of his strategy on either side of the ball for the upcoming season. Coach Fye chose to pay the most attention to his offense. Though he returns as last year’s champion at this weight class, he’s breaking in a new bunch of new players this year who are up from the 90 pound.
The four quarter scrimmage was primarily a defensive battle. The game ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Ravens made the most progress offensively during the game. On the ground, the Ravens were led by Ralph Inman who carried the ball for nearly 80 yards on the day. Despite the success on the ground, the Ravens air attack did not take off with several costly miscues. However, coach Rod Mack and is offensive coordinator James Richardson were still encouraged by what they saw on the field. “We got better, and that’s what we were looking to do,” Mack said.
The Lions also moved the ball well on the ground as quarterback Asante Samuel, Jr. directed his Lion’s offense down the field several times. It was the presence of penalties and fumbles that cost the Lions any opportunity to put points on the board.
If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he is the son of Philadelphia Eagle All-Pro Asante Samuel, Sr. And just like his father, Samuel picked off a pass in the second half and played outstanding defense. The Lions also received big contributions from Akai Rainford, who also played both sides of the ball. Rainford ran for 25 yards on the ground and got an interception to seal the shutout in the fourth quarter with under a minute to play in the game.
After such a hard fought scrimmage, both of these teams figure to be very competitive in their respective South Florida Youth Football League divisions during the upcoming season.