Broward County (Fla) Bests Seattle 46-28 To Secure 7th Grade FBU National Championship
By JOHN INGOLDSBY
NAPLES, FL (Dec. 21, 2015) – Four scores in the first five minutes served notice early that something special was in store for this championship game.
Starting with two touchdowns in the first 30 seconds, the two seventh grade squads burst out of the gate before Broward County (Fla) established control and beat Seattle 46-28.
Playing in the Football University (FBU) Seventh Grade National Championship game on Monday afternoon at Naples High School, Broward began with a bang on the first play of the game following an off sides penalty, when running back Amari Daniels of Miami sprinted 53 yards down the right side for an instant 7-0 lead.
But Seattle bounced back immediately when Jermaine Davis took the kickoff and dashed 83 yards, and after Julien Simon bulled in for the two-point conversion, the Pacific Northwesterners held an amazingly early 8-7 lead.
But the scoring spree did not stop there as Broward drove back down the field and took a 14-8 lead when quarterback Nicholas Vattiato of Cooper City found wide receiver Ja’Den Mcburrows of Miramar alone in the right corner of the end zone.
Just a few minutes later, it was déjà vu all over again as Vattiato and Mcburrows hooked up again on two passes in a row, with the second striking pay dirt, and after Carter Davis of Plantation kicked his third point after, Broward was up 21-8, still with only three-quarters of the opening period elapsed.
To start the second quarter, Seattle made its way to the Broward one-yard line, and on a critical fourth down they were called for motion, and failed to score when a pass fell incomplete from the six yard line, keeping the score 21-8.
The penalty proved costly moments later as Broward made them pay when running back Vinson Davis of Miramar raced untouched up the middle for 85 yards and a 27-8 margin.
Then with 3:40 left before halftime, running back Robert Floyd of Pompano Beach hauled in a 47-yard pass, complete with a spin move at the ten yard line, and suddenly Broward was pulling away at 34-8.
In the fourth quarter, Seattle stuck with it and cut the lead to 34-16 when Simon scored a touchdown and they converted the two-point conversion.
But Broward, whose sixth grade entry won their national championship earlier in the afternoon, answered again on a touchdown run by Daniels, and a 40-16 lead.
Then Seattle’s Simon scored on a 73-yard jaunt to reduce the margin to 40-22, and added yet another TD with 35 seconds left to make it 40-28. But before it ended, Broward’s Laurence Seymour scooped up a fumble and rambled 72 yards to set the final score at 46-28.
QB Vattiato of Broward was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament after leading his team today as well as in their victory over Maryland in their Saturday semifinal game.
For Seattle, Julien Simon was the MVP for his play both today and in their semifinal win over Kansas City on Saturday, as Football University (FBU) hosted its national championship weekend in Naples, Florida, for the second straight year.