On Saturday October 15th, the South Philly Sigma Sharks traveled to Jersey City, New Jersey to play the Hudson County Dolphins in a 12U AAU football contest. On this beautiful fall afternoon under the watch of the Lady Liberty and the Freedom Tower the visitors from Philadelphia won the game by a score of 31-12. The score of the game did not represent the incredible effort all of the players and coaches put into this contest. The high level of passion, knowledge of the game, and work ethic demonstrated on the day was second to none.
Both teams had standout players. In particular, Raquan Harvey (#12 above) was a standout for the Dolphins. He is big, fast and extremely athletic. On offense he rushed for well more than 100 yards and a touchdown. Each one of his rushing attempts demonstrated an understanding of the game that is far beyond a player in only his second year of organized football. Raquan was just as impressive on defense; he recorded a number of big tackles and had one fumble recovery. This young man has all the tools including an incredible attitude that will pave the way for a very successful career at the next level.
The Sharks featured the most dominant player on the field. Anthony Meadows (pictured above, #12 Blue) had an impressive afternoon. On offense, he scored one touchdown and rushed for well over 100 yards. His size, speed and athleticism were incredibly tough for the Dolphins to match. On defense, he was an absolute force. He recorded a number of tackles for losses, caused a fumble and recovered a fumble. Anthony is a complete player that also possess all the tools necessary to take his game to the next level. In addition to Anthony the Shark’s received big games from Zahiem Salabud-din and Kalis Hunter. Each player contributed two touchdowns a piece and made a number of very athletic plays throughout the afternoon. A very honorable mention goes out to Jeremiah Britford. Jeremiah, had a dominant day on the offensive and defensive lines for the Sharks. He showed incredible strength and very good technique. All of these young men have tremendous upside.
The spirit of the day, the tenacity displayed by all, was perfectly captured in a post game interview with the Dolphins’ QB Jazaire Aurelius (pictured below - left) who said, “I let my team down. I didn’t work hard enough.” Jazaire left determined to bring it big next weekend for his Dolphins.
Jazaire Aurelius & Raquan Harvey of the Hudson County Dolphins pose post game on their home turf.
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