Head Coach Matt Burris led the Eastern Conference regular season 14U champs into the national football tournament and once again made it to the Elite 8. This team started the tournament off with a thrilling OT win over the FYFCL Champion Apopka Raptors. And this team ended by delivering the most exciting game of the entire tournament. At the Elite 8, we played the Hammer Down Tar Heels, a team that had not lost a game all year, and dominated teams in their pool play by a combined score of 60-0. They were the big favorite to win the national championship. Our 14U young men came out of the gate and played the game of their lives. With passion, focus, determination and amazing courage, we battled back and forth all game… 14U drove down the field with less than 1 minute left to tie the game 14-14. After 3 plays, with only 4 seconds to play, the Tar Heels running back made a spectacular 35 yard run to score a TD with no time left on the clock. Jr Predators 14U lost 20-14. The Hammer Down Tar Heels went on to beat West Volusia and beat Conway in the championship game 40-6. Their president told me after our game that we were the best team they played all year. Our 14U team over achieved all year. They fought so hard all season to be great. And in the end, they were one of the greatest in the country… We asked the 14U team to leave it all on the field Saturday, and they did exactly that! As we look to next year, we have a very talented group of young men age eligible to stay. And we have an extremely talented group of young men coming up from 12U, with championship experience. There is not doubt that if these young men stay together, the Jr Predators 14U will play Sunday Football for a Championship next year at Nationals..