Gwen Cherry Bulls take nat'l championship

Kids dominate the Pee Wee league

Erica Wright | 12/25/2013, 9 a.m.
Gwen Cherry Bulls Championship 1 Shemar Paul

Gwen Cherry Bulls won the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship with a 26-0 victory against the Virginia Beach (VA) Mustangs. The Bulls won the Division I Junior Pee Wee category. The championship game was held on December 14th at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The team received financial support, in part, from the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami.

The game was scoreless until Jaylin Bain scored a touchdown in the second quarter. Soon another six points were added when Quarterback Javon Ferguson ran in from the one-yard line. At the end of the first half, the score was 12-0. In the third quarter, Bulls Jacorey Brooks recovered the football after it fell out of the Mustangs quarterback’s hands. With less than two minutes left in the third quarter, Shemar Paul scored a touchdown for the Bulls, making the score 18-0. Three minutes into the fourth quarter, Larrion Moss scored the final touchdown for the Bulls, extending their lead to 24-0. Wendell Fuller scored a field goal, that in Pop Warner adds two points to the score and pushed their early fourth quarter lead to 26-0. Later in the fourth quarter, Timothy Burns, Jr. made an interception, which further dashed the Mustang’s hopes of scoring. The strength and determination of the Gwen Cherry Bulls’ defensive line held the Mustangs scoreless throughout the game. In the end, the Bulls earned 113 rushing yards and 49 passing yards. The Bulls forced three turnovers during the game.

The Bulls Junior Pee Wee team was undefeated throughout the season and during the regional championships. But the Virginia Beach Mustangs, one of the best Pop Warner teams in the country, was favored to win their head-head matchup.

Bulls Head Coach Javon Ferguson, Sr. said, “We were due for a shutout and our players gave us a 26-0 victory in the championship game — this was the best game we played.”

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