QUOTE(JHeath @ Dec 7 2009, 09:26 AM)
You're not a little partial to Max W., are you?
These boys are awesome--to be playing at this level at such a young age takes a lot of hard work and dedication from both the coaches and players. Great job, all! Best of luck in the next round tomorrow.
btw, is that game being streamed live anywhere?
First let me say that I've been video filming this team for the last two seasons, it's been an honor, everybody (coaches, parents, players, officials, administrators, etc.) have been really nice to me. Those kids just blow my mind every time they take the field. I can't wait to post all their game action highlights after the boys return home from Florida.
Everyone of those kids are special, but the family dynamics of this team is extraordinary, in addition to our diversity, that's what I believe are our two biggest strengths. All five of our coaches has a son on the team which I find inspirational.
Let me tell everyone about some of them:
Max Willoughby's fellow teammates all tell me the the same thing, "Max like to hurt people." Max's older brother Nicholas is a star member of City's Pee Wee team and their dad Christopher is one of his coaches, the Willoughby's are kind of like the Manning's of Michigan City. All I can say is watch out DAC, the Willoughby's are coming.
Of course I'm a strong supporter of the Cain-Veasey brothers , Aryuan and Reyquan, but everybody simply knows them better as "Buck" and "Ray Ray" along with their two cousins Markice "'Lil Mark" Hurt Jr. and Ja'Mierea "Nuke" Woodard (Nuke is the self proclaimed "Baddest Player On the Team"). Unfortunately, we lost Ray Ray for the season due to a serious foot injury right after the first week of the season but he's determined to come back stronger and better than ever next season. His older brother Buck has been Michigan City's best kept secret for the past four years (basically now, he's got five seasons of organized football playing experience and he's only 11 years old) but he's definitely no secret any more, Buck is just unbelievably gifted beyond belief and description, he's got serious aspirations of playing in the NFL.
It does not stop either, their good buddy Noah Jones III is just an extraordinary, multi-skilled athlete on both sides of the ball and on special teams, Noah's older sister Jada is also down in Florida competing with the Pee Wee cheerleaders, she's quite an amazing acrobat.
There's also the team's quarterback and linebacker Mason Kaletha, he's kind of the "brains" behind our offense. Mason and his father Coach Scott have a real special rapport with each other in the way they run the offense. Coach Scott tells me that the whole team has 120 different plays set to memory. I'll never forget last season Mason knocked a boy from La Porte unconscious, I believe he had to be rushed to St. Anthony's ER with a concussion, one of the most brutal hits I've ever seen at any level. Mason's older brother "Scotty" is one of the MVP's of City's Jr. Midget Team.
Finally, there's Head Coach Mike Iaocovetti and his son Dominic, whenever I speak to Coach Mike he's a really easy going guy, but when he's on the sideline coaching our defense he's got a Ditka-like intensity about him. After a game his voice always becomes hoarse from yelling his instruction to the team.
I also want to recognize our two team mom's Erica Iaocovetti and Gina Kaletha who have been instrumental in the teams fund raising efforts.
The game will be streamed live via the National Pop Warner Website at www.popwarnersuperbowl.com at a cost of $5.99. A strong and speedy internet connection along with a PayPal account is required. They are also selling DVD's of all the games at the ridiculous rate of $40.00 per game.