Re: My Youth Flag Football Team
Hey guys, here's a team picture.
From front to back and from left to right.
Sebastian Rodriguez - 5th grader, positions - slot receiver and DB blitzer (3 picks on the season, good pressure on QBs)
Jacob Landress - 6th grader, positions - back up QB, slot receiver, DB and blitzer (smallest player on the team, biggest heart, 3 INTs on the season)
Jonathan Lugo (my stepson) - 6th grader, positions - center, DB (good headfakes, good safety valve receiver)
Henry Colwell aka Andy Dalton - 8th grader, position - QB (strong arm, if he continues to play, he could develop an NFL arm, throws passes 40+ yards on a rope, needs to continue working on mechanics)
Adrian Borges - 8th grader, positions - wide receiver, DB - Defensive MVP (10 picks on the season, several deep TD catches)
Michael Whyte - 8th grader, positions - wide receiver, running back, blitzer, DB - Team MVP (runs a 4.5 40 at 15 years old, this kid is a difference maker)
Gabriel Castillo aka Freight Train - 5th grader, positions - wide receiver, running back, DB - (he is a tremendously raw athlete, as a 5th grader we had him covering the other team's best wide receivers and he held his own, finished the season with 2 clutch interceptions in the playoffs)
Nicholas Colon - 6th grader, positions - slot receiver, blitzer - used to be one of our best players, then stopped playing for over a year, took a while to get him reacclimated to the game but he did a good job of pressuring QBs
Back row - coaches
Dominic Smith - Assistant Coach - plays slot receiver at Florida Tech - he's going to be a good coach one day - knows how to talk to the kids, keeps an even keel, also played QB in high school
Richard Rodriguez - Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator - it was my first season running the offense as I've run defense for three years. I ran over 30 plays out of 5 different formations. Different plays were designed for different defenses (2-1-2 zone, 1-3-1 zone, man to man etc). We averaged 29 points per game.
Martin Acuna (my brother) - Defensive Coordinator - he used to run the offense, but switched to defense. His personality fits defense better as he is in your face, vocal type of guy. His defense allowed 15 points per game, which is unheard of in 5 on 5 flag football with so many good QBs and fast kids.
Danny Landress (Jacob's dad) - Assistant Coach - he's the guy that kept us calm and in check during tight, emotional games.
This is our championship team.