Broward County takes control to win the 2016 7th-Grade Football University National Championship
The two best teams in the 7th-garde met in Naples, Florida tonight with the chance to be crowned FBU National Champions. Broward County would emerge National Champions in Athlete Paradise.
The first quarter was a flurry of points being put up on the board. Dallas received the ball to start the game and was immediately stuffed by the Broward County defense. Quarterback Chad Mascoe was a real difference-maker all afternoon, and he matriculated the ball down the field during Broward's first possession and capped it with a one-yard sneak. Broward struck first, and held an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter. Then, the fun began.
Dallas tied it up, 8-8, before Navar Maine took a pass from Mascoe to the house from 48 yards out. Broward was back on top, 14-8. Not long after, Dallas field general Glen Rice executed a near-faultless drive, hitting Jacob Smith for a clutch 11-yard gain and then Savion Red for 36 yards down to the three, leading to the second Dallas score by Jordan Crook from three yards out. At 16-14, it would be the final time Dallas would lead.
Broward County WR Navar Maine had two receiving touchdowns on the day
Broward wouldn't be down long, as star running back Terrence Miller broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run, and added a two-point conversion to continue the back-and-forth. After just one ten-minute quarter, Broward County led Dallas in a 22-16 thriller. After one quarter, Terrence Miller already had 109 rushing yards on just five carries, and one touchdown.
Early in Q2 Dallas had a big stop forcing a turnover on downs, taking over on their own 30-yard line looking to pull ahead. But Dallas' miscues coupled with Broward's defensive prowess led to Broward getting another possession. From here, it was all Broward.
Broward quarterback Chad Mascoe left his legacy in Naples, Florida
as a FBU National Champion
Mascoe led the Broward offense down the field once again, capping the drive with a 28-yard touchdown on a well-executed quarterback sweep down the left sideline. Broward got the ball right back thanks to middle linebacker Jaden Kinlock playing perfect zone coverage and intercepting Dallas' Glen Rice. Mascoe continued dominating with his second rushing touchdown in as many drives, gliding into the end zone to extend the lead to 20 just before the half. Broward went into the locker room with a comfortable 36-16 lead at halftime.
Broward continued their offensive dominance early in the third quarter, with Mascoe hitting Maine deep near the north end zone. Maine came down with the ball and would not be denied his six points, pushing his way into the end zone to give Broward a 42-16 lead with 4:53 left in the third. Since trailing 16-14 late in the first quarter, Broward went on a 28-0 run all the way through late in the fourth. Led by Most Valuable Player Chad Mascoe, Broward put the pedal to the floor and never turned around to look.
Dallas, to their immense credit, continued playing their hardest through the end of the game, tacking on a late touchdown to make the final 42-24 in favor of Broward.
National Championship Most Valuable Player
Broward Quarterback Chad Mascoe
With this 7th-Grade title, Broward County has now repeated as National Champions after winning the 6th-Grade National Championship with largely the same group in 2015.
The Broward Way
2016 7th-Grade Football University National Champions