Carol City wins Dolphins 7-on-7 tournament in FL
caines | 6/20/2013, 5:30 a.m.
[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] Team also gets a chance to win national title in Cleveland More than 60 South Florida high schools congregated over the weekend to compete in the 6th Annual Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 Tournament for a chance to nationally represent the team in Cleveland, Ohio. While the last three winners of the tournament including Booker T. Washington, Miami Central and University School (Broward), were all state-champions, this years winner came from a historically coveted and re-emerging program. Carol City took on and defeated Miramar High School in the semi-finals 35-21, and then defeated Miami Jackson in the finals 28-21, which was a battle of the quarterbacks. Esteemed Jackson quarterback, Quinton Winkie Flowers went head-to-head with Carol Citys budding quarterback Treon Gray; but in the end, the Chiefs unprecedented effort and somewhat revenge-seeking [theyd lost to Jackson in the Santana Moss versus Brian McFadden 7-on-7 a week earlier] momentum pushed them ahead. Its hard to beat a team twice, Carol Citys first year Head Coach Aubrey Hill, said. We had motivation going into it and [Treon] is a leader. It feels good to win and put our school on the map, Gray said, after commending Flowers for his competitive play. We always seem to lose in big games so its nice to win. 12 players from Carol City will now represent the Dolphins and South Florida nationally and compete against 31 other NFL 7-on-7 teams. Twan Russell, Dolphins Academy High School community director, whose father was coached by the locally acclaimed Coach Frazier, said that the legacy of Carol City speaks volumes and is excited for them to compete nationally. The demeanor and player connection [the coaches] have with the players were why they were successful today, Russell said. [Former head coach] Harold Barnwell did a great job of building and Coach Hill is a great leader for these guys. The three-day experience began with a mandatory symposium held at NOVA Southeasterns campus last Friday to discuss issues that athletes face, where coaches and players dialogued about some of the negative influences that have hindered the success of players. The life skills seminar is the most important part of this weekend, Russell said. [Players] want to do [things] the right way, they sometimes just dont know how to. Other area coaches commended the Dolphins for hosting the free tournament for the organization and opening opportunities to compete. It gets kids out and builds team camaraderie, chemistry and team morale, said Anthony White, Norlands offensive coordinator and associate head coach. Its a great thing the Dolphins are doing. Its just another day of practice, Trevor Harris, head coach of Miami Edison said. It gets everybody on the team gelled up. No matter what the approach or purpose was for each team, the Chiefs, who are in a transition of coaches period, undoubtedly came to win according to Carol City Defensive Coordinator Andre Stafford. The team is playing with chemistry and clicking in all positions, Stafford said. Hopefully they will continue to click and win the Dolphins Academys fifth national title. By Akilah Lasterakilahlaster@gmail.com