The Metro Youth Association League championship
games were held at Papa John's Stadium this
year. It was a Saturday morning, and a chill
was in the air at Papa John's Stadium, the
home of the 2006 Orange Bowl Champions the
University of Louisville Cardinals. On this
day, there were four games to be played for
the might of the seniors. The Metro
Youth League had a three-week playoff, where
every team in each division got a chance
to play in a championship game. For those
who succeed, the reward was playing on the
turf at Papa John's Stadium.
The greatest joy about this day was watching
the faces of the players and coaches. Each
young man had a twinkle in his eye as he
touches the turf for the first time and possibly
the last. This feeling would stay with them
for a lifetime, but on this day, there would
be some tears. Before each and every game,
these players all seem to be dreaming, as
if they were on the University of Louisville
team or, better still, in the N.F.L. Many
of the coaches also seemed to be reacting
to the touch of the turf, which brings back
memories of days gone by, with big smiles
The Cowboys organization had three teams
that won their division, but only the Pee
Wee team would win this day. The Jets, who
have the longest legacy with this league,
had two teams representing them. This was
the most teams from any organization and
their senior team, who was coached by Charles
Shepard, would win.
The most entertaining game of the day had
to be that of the might-might team, with
age ranging from six to seven years of age.
They played four quarters of hard-nose football
without either team scoring. The Trojans,
who last year had a record 1-8, turned it
around this year with a record of 14-1.
They faced the Cowboys with a record of 6-0.
The Trojans and Cowboys each had two outstanding
defenses to off-set each other's amazing
The Trojans' backfield had two amazing running
backs: Mr. Arion Wilcox and Mr. Corey Johnson.
Mr. Johnson scored a season high 37 touchdowns,
but none greater than his last one, which
lifted the Trojans over the Cowboys in overtime,
6-0, for the might-might championship under
Coach Johnson. The Trojan coach, Corey Johnson,
gave credit to defense coordinator Darryl
Johnson and the other assistant coaches that
made this season possible.
The Pee Wee division had another Cowboys
team facing the California Jets. Coach Mark
White also was a first time championship
coach. Coach White does not like to give
individual recognition, but he would like
to name Mr. Bell as his M.V.P. Mr. Bell
was a long time coach and assistant coach
who will be retiring this year.
The Tenth Street Cardinals were the defending
Junior Division Champions from last year,
where they posted a 10-0 record. This year's
teams entered Papa John's with an 8-2 record
coached by Joe Thomas and Jay Bird, hoping
to become back-to-back champions. The Cardinals
are one of the few teams to ever repeat in
this league. Repeat they did, with a mixture
of good defense and offense. Stay tuned
and see if the Cardinals can make a three-peat.
Coach Shepard, who has won five championships,
feels this was one of his best teams, all
because of various factors ranging from chemistry
to academics. Coach Shepard gave his assistant
coaches most of the credit for their success.
This was a day where there were no losers,
but a day where dreams came true on the turf
at Papa John's Stadium.
The University of Louisville and the entire
sponsorship for these games should be recognized,
applauded, and thanked for giving these young
men this opportunity.