In professional American football one of the few teams that went unbeaten en route to a title was the Miami Dolphins. Over the weekend a group of youth players accomplished a similar feat.
The Security Centre Packers went undefeated throughout the senior division of The Security Centre Youth Flag Football League. The side capped off their unbeaten run with a 31-26 victory over regular season runners-up the Zulu Warriors. The contest was one of three championship matches at the Camana Bay sports field.
Leading the way for the Packers was multi-sport star Aaron Kennedy, 17. The Brit, who plays basketball and football, was the Packers’ defensive captain and states the victory was satisfying.
“It feels good because we shut down (Warriors quarterback) Tyler Lee’s throws,” Kennedy said. “I played last year and this year the mind-set was to come out here and win as much as we could. We had a well-balanced team. The main thing was our team-work and defence.
“Going undefeated was tough because there are a lot of skilled guys out here. Basketball is my sport so I knew for example we had to go against guys like Jordan Cacho and Davanni Simpson. Luckily we had guys like Jamaal Miller and Ricardo Ebanks on our team.”
As Kennedy alludes to, there were a number of athletes from other sports involved in the competition. In the senior league there was little league star Christopher Bennett, multi-sport star David Lee in the middle division and little league player Brad Lansdell in the junior division.
The other results on Saturday would see quarterback David Lee fall short of a repeat title with the Al la Kebab Titans. Lee and company would be upset by the Strategic Risk Solutions Steelers 32-12 in the middle segment. Lastly in the junior division the Maples Raiders, led by Lansdell, would take down the Walkers Wolverines 18-6.