Bulldogs complete rally against Cougars in AYFL Super Bowl

By Alex Kushel

Sun Sentinel Correspondent

Nov 18, 2021 4:39 PM

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The Boynton Beach Bulldogs 10U team won the 2021 American Youth Football League Super Bowl.

The Boynton Beach Bulldogs 10U team won the 2021 American Youth Football League Super Bowl. (Boynton Beach Bulldogs/Courtesy)

The Boynton Beach Bulldogs 10U team delivered a memorable comeback in dramatic fashion to win the 2021 American Youth Football League Super Bowl at PAL Field in Plantation on Nov. 13.

The Bulldogs 10U erased a double-digit halftime deficit as they rallied past the Tamarac Cougars 13-12. Quarterback Javian “Champ” Norwood passed for two touchdowns and also scored the go-ahead extra point to lift the Bulldogs to the Super Bowl championship.

Brett Boston had an 18-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. Byron “BJ” Anderson had a 64-yard game-tying touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Anderson received the Offensive Player Award trophy from the league.

Boynton Beach Bulldogs 10U head coach Maxel Wells, who is known as Coach Mott, said he was proud of his team’s resiliency to capture the Super Bowl title.

”We had faced adversity and I told them we were going to push through,” he said. “I stressed that we were going to turn it around and it was our time to get the breaks. We had a great team and they were motivated to win the Super Bowl. The kids lived up to expectations from Day One.”

The Boynton Beach Bulldogs 10U team won the 2021 American Youth Football League Super Bowl.

The Boynton Beach Bulldogs 10U team won the 2021 American Youth Football League Super Bowl. (Boynton Beach Bulldogs/Courtesy)

The Bulldogs trailed 12-0 at halftime and the offense stepped up in the second half. Anderson had a touchdown run negated due to a penalty, but the Bulldogs responded and answered back on the drive.

Boston made a leaping catch in the end zone to cut the deficit to 12-6 with 3:43 left in the third quarter. The Bulldogs defense stepped up with a fumble recovery late in the fourth.

The Bulldogs offense made a big play as Norwood connected with Anderson on a screen pass and he raced down the sideline for a 64-yard score with 3:31 left in the fourth quarter. Norwood powered his way up the middle for the go-ahead extra point.

The Bulldogs defense forced a turnover on downs on the next possession. Norwood sealed the victory in the final minute of the contest. On fourth down, he bounced out to his left and raced past the defense and had the opportunity to score before taking a knee on the play prior to the end zone at the 1-yard line to run out the clock.

”Javian is a special kid and we feel he is the best quarterback in our age group,” Wells said. “He had the mindset to get the first down and we did not have to score. We did not have to kick off and give them a chance. It’s the smartest play.”

The Bulldogs 10U squad, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, cruised past Miami PAL in the opening round and also dominated the Delray Rocks in the semifinals. The Bulldogs finished 11-2 and avenged a regular-season loss to Tamarac.

The Bulldogs had several impact players on the field.

Ahmari Young, a standout linebacker and focal point of the defense, was recognized as the heart and soul of the team for several years. Nose guard Cameron Williams, defensive tackle Jarius Askins and defensive tackle Stanley Foster helped to make up the dominant interior, which made it difficult for opposing quarterbacks. Offensive lineman Devin Lawrence and Shangler Limage were key contributors, blocking and opening up holes for the running game. Limage was also recognized for his work in the classroom as a straight-A student. Jamarcus Louis was a top cornerback on defense. Deon Patrick contributed at wide receiver and linebacker while Jordyn Galarza stepped up at running back.

The Boynton Beach Bulldogs 10U team won the 2021 American Youth Football League Super Bowl.

The Boynton Beach Bulldogs 10U team won the 2021 American Youth Football League Super Bowl. (Boynton Beach Bulldogs/Courtesy)

The Boynton Beach Bulldogs, based out of Ezell Hester Jr. Community Park, played in the American Youth Football League for the first time during the 2021 season. The Bulldogs organization had transitioned to the East Boynton Wildcats and played in the Florida Youth Football League during the past decade before the Bulldogs brand returned after the 2019 season. The Bulldogs, under the direction and leadership of president Rodney Atwaters, fielded teams from the 6U through 13U age groups in the AYFL and ranked in first place for most wins as an organization.

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The Bulldogs celebrated the Super Bowl victory during an event at the Ezell Hester Community Center. Coach Mott recognized volunteers, sponsors and community supporters, which included Bill Tome and Ted Williams.

“It’s definitely a great feeling and we have a lot of support from the community,” he said. “It was a great event for our families. We had the chief of police speak to the kids to keep them going on the right path.”

Coach Mott credited his entire coaching staff, which included defensive coordinator Deuce Watkins and offensive coordinator Arius “Goose” Constant. He enjoyed having his son, Maxel, join the coaching staff after playing collegiate football at Miles College in Alabama.

The coaching staff previously assisted with the development of several notable high schools and collegiate players, including Travis Hunter, Zion Thomas, Corey Gammage, Corey Reddick and Antonio Outler.

The Bulldogs Super Bowl championship team consisted of Isaiah Warren, Jarius Askins, Brett Boston, Isaiah Hamilton, Deon Patrick, Ahmari Young, Jordyn Galarza, Jamarcus Louis, Delroy Cole Jr., Byron Anderson, Javian Norwood, Rakiem Beauchamp, Leo Johnson, Khiry Neloms, Caleb Hernandez, James Borsay Jr., Micah Gamble, Isaiah Cedillo, Aiden Allen, Josiah Barbier, Rakeem Germany, Jamarii Rollerson, Devin Lawrence, Terrence O’Neal II, Lataj Stevens, Shangler Limage, Jeremiah Bado, Daveion Bouie, Cameron Williams, Stanley Foster, Rodrick Dortilus, Jacques-Ives Rahming, Aly’Jah Fleurimond and Myron Tracey.

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