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North 12U Pop Warner almost perfect in opene

August 28, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The season opener for the North Fort Myers Pop Warner program did not start out well, as the first few teams to play were beaten handily by Cape Youth at North Fort Myers Community Park.

But things changed dramatically when the 12U team stepped onto the field, and showed the Peace River Conference they may be a force to deal with.

The Red Knights got three touchdowns from Kendahrius Green and the defense forced turnovers on every Cape Youth drive to roll to a 40-0 victory.

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North Fort Myers 12U player Kendahrius Green goes around the corner and heads for the end zone during their game against Cape Coral Youth on Saturday at North Fort Myers Community Park.

The Red Knights had four interceptions, all in the first half and pounced on three fumbles, which North capitalized on each and every time.

"It was a good team victory. These kids have worked hard the last three weeks and they came out and proved themselves," North coach Todd Sheridan said. "Last night in practice they weren't focused, but today they came out with a lot of poise."

It just took a few minutes for the coaches to settle down so the kids would do the same. Indeed, they were all screaming, possible due to nerves for the first game.

They realized after a couple plays, and it was smooth sailing from there.

"As a coach I get a little stressed on the sidelines and I need to control myself. The kids feed off me," Sheridan said, adding if they see him too excited, they become excited.

" Once they settled down, we played good ball."

Cape Youth gave North every opportunity. Gervaris Leaphart pounced on a fumble to give North the ball near midfield, and was rewarded moments later with a long touchdown run.

Keenen Moore would add an interception, and the 12U team would add three more as Kendahrius Green scored twice, including one run on the sidelines.

That went 90 yards for the score, following an interception.

Kamrin Green (who might not have been on the field were it not for North moving to an unlimited format) rumbled in for another touchdown to make it 34-0 at the half and force a running clock for the rest of the game.

"The defense was really great because we came together as a team," said player Landon Lewis. "Offensively, we blocked really good for the running backs."



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