North Texas Three-Peats as National Champion By Blanking GFL Georgia 30-0 in 8th Grade FBU Title Game
By JOHN INGOLDSBY
NAPLES, FL (Dec. 21, 2015) – The North Texas eighth grade team made Football University (FBU) history tonight by three-peating as national champion, following its sixth and seventh grade FBU national championships the past two years.
But the 30-0 win wasn’t easy as they got all they could handle from a talented GFL Georgia squad in the Football University (FBU) Eighth Grade National Championship game at Naples High School,
Just 77 seconds into the game, North Texas showed its championship moxie by lining up to go for a fourth and two from its own 19-yard line, and the bold strategy paid off when GFL jumped offside and North Texas was rewarded with a free first down.
The Lone Star Staters took advantage of the gift as they drove the field, highlighted by a beautiful catch from William Mickens, son of Head Coach and former NFL player Ray Mickens, but GFL’s defense stiffened inside its own five, and North Texas turned the ball over on downs.
Following a few more exchanges of possessions, North Texas finally got it going with a long drive early in the second quarter and running back Ja’Quinden Jackson capped it off when he leapt the line from the one-inch line for the first score of the game. After Mickens caught the two-point conversion on a pass from quarterback Kevin Shuman, North Texas had an 8-0 lead with 8:02 left in the first half, which held up until the break.
To start the third quarter, quarterback Harrison Bailey showed why he is considered the top eighth-grade QB in America when he led a Georgia drive with a mix of run and pass to the five-yard line, but it ended with what would prove to be a fatal fumble that was recovered by North Texas.
On the next play, Jackson rambled 45 yards to midfield, which later led to Shuman connecting with wide receiver Paul Pickens for a 23-yard touchdown and a 14-0 edge.
Then early in the fourth quarter, Jackson peeled off another long run to cement his being named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament after leading his team today as well as in their victory over Las Vegas in their Saturday semifinal game. The GFL MVP was defensive lineman Kevin Swint, whose team beat Maryland in the other semifinal.
That Jackson jaunt was followed by a short touchdown run from Will Harbour and a two-point conversion reception by Davon Graham, giving North Texas a commanding 22-0 lead.
After a long interception return by Mickens midway through the fourth quarter led to a 20-yard touchdown run by Cody Crist, followed by a conversion catch by Jake Fex to make it 30-0, North Texas was living its dream of becoming the first-ever FBU team to three-peat.