2008-12-19 / Sports

Traveling Rockaway Ravens Win At Nationals!

By Thaddeus Charles

Never underestimate the heart of a champion! No one believed the Rockaway Ravens would achieve the phenomenal success they achieved except for one man, Coach Sherod.

Through all the trials and tribulations, the wins and losses, he stayed steady and confident. Sherod constantly confirmed that this Jr. Midget team would be in the Super Bowl. This destiny was fulfilled, but little did the Ravens know what was actually in their future. By making it to the Super Bowl, the Ravens earned a bid to the Under Armour national championships in Kissimmee, Florida.

In the first round, the Ravens battled against the defending national champs, the Tuberville Patriots. The Pats 16-0, but the Ravens earned much respect from all of the teams and fans in attendance who witnessed their hard-hitting and never-give-up focus, which would carry them throughout the tournament.

In round two, Rockaway faced the Big Apple Super Bowl champs, the Brooklyn Chiefs.

The Ravens avenged their previous loss on a grander stage by winning 13- 12 over the Chiefs!

The only thing that stood between the Ravens and the Sportsmanship Award trophy was the Charlton- Dudley Rams, winners of the New England and Big East Regionals.

The Ravens, though, would not be denied. Thanks to excellent preparation, and intelligent and determined coaching, the players came out with laser-like precision ready to perform surgery.

The "Black Birds" scored in every facet of the game with special teams, offense, and defense coming together for a dominant performance, winning 32-20. With this win, the Rockaway Ravens Jr. Midgets earned a #4 National Ranking and a #1 ranking in the Big East.

The Ravens Mighty Mites battled hard in games versus the Chesapeake Virginia Bears and Park Place Wildcats. Lastly, the Ravens step-team finished in third place and the cheerleaders finished in fifth place, which capped off a season of hard work.

For those who would like to see photos, visit www.allamericanimaging.- com. For information, visit www.amer icanyouthfootball.com

The Ravens organization thanks the coaches Sherod, Tyrone, Jerome, Calvin, Al, Vic, Mark, Omar, Corey, Anthony and Sharon for the guidance, care, focus, and time they put into the children. There are also many people who want to thank Dexter and Verdina Archbold. Without you there is no Rockaway Ravens, so although at times it may feel like a thankless job, take comfort in knowing that you are appreciated!!!

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