MVP QB Leads Broward County (Fla) Over North Texas 34-8 To Win 6th Grade FBU National Championship in Naples
By JOHN INGOLDSBY
NAPLES, FL (Dec. 21, 2015) – When your uncle is an NFL quarterback, chances are high that quarterbacking could come naturally.
For Broward County (Fla) Quarterback Taron Dickens of Miami, the nephew of Minnesota Vikings and former Louisville Quarterback Tedy Bridgewater, it came so instinctively that he was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Football University (FBU) Sixth Grade National Championship tournament after leading his team today to a 34-8 win over North Texas.
Playing in the first of three championship games on Monday afternoon at sunny Naples High School, Dickens threw two touchdown passes and scored one himself on a QB sneak to earn his honor.
Broward began quickly by halting a promising North Texas opening drive when Kobe Spells from Fort Lauderdale intercepted a pass near midfield.
From there, Dickens, from Miami like his uncle, led his charges down the field, culminating in a touchdown run by running back Jamaree Dukes. After Ryan Hart kicked the PAT, Broward led 7-0 just four minutes into the first quarter.
After stopping another North Texas drive early in the second stanza, Broward began another drive and Dickens threaded the needle with a pass to Spells at the North Texas 27-yard line. A few plays later Dickens hit Julien Lewis of Miramar with a short touchdown pass and a 13-0 lead with just over five minutes left before halftime.
Then it was time for North Texas to get its own turnover as they forced a fumble with less than a minute left in the half, and capitalized quickly with a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Quinn Ewers of Southlake to running back Isaac Shabay of Colleyville. Ewers then ran in the two-point conversion around left end to close the gap to 13-8 at the break, which was remarkably the first points allowed by Broward after five straight shutouts covering the entire FBU postseason tournament.
To open the second half, Broward responded with its ground attack and answered with a quarterback sneak by Dickens for a touchdown, followed by a two-point run by Dukes and a 21-8 lead.
But Broward wasn’t done when they immediately recovered their onside kick, setting up a TD pass from Dickens to Spells and after Hart’s PAT, the score stood at 28-8. Miller then wrapped up the Broward scoring with a TD run, setting the final score at 34-8
Star running back Keundrae Hollywood of Plano was named the North Texas MVP after leading his team both today and in their semifinal win over Seattle on Saturday (Broward beat Indiana in their Saturday semifinal) as Football University (FBU) hosted its national championship weekend in Naples, Florida, for the second straight year.