DCS Elementary Players Form Football Successes

Coach Tommy Valentine huddles DCS “Warriors” elementary team.

Coach Tommy Valentine huddles DCS “Warriors” elementary team.

They run, tackle, and strive for success! No, not the Dade Christian varsity football team but the DCS tiny but mighty intramural elementary gridders who have taken the football program “Grow to be a Pro” to a whole other level.

“Even though I’m little, my dad says I play big! I always try to make touchdowns and do my best.” said Tyler Sonneborn. “The best part is that I get to play with all of my friends and we all have the same goal— to win.

“What pushes me the most is when I go to be the water boy at the varsity football games. I like seeing them win and I hope to be like them one day.”

The DCS elementaryfootball program is composed of three teams that provide a feeder for the varsity program with a goal of preparing them at a young age for the rigorous varsity sport.

Dade Christian’s varsity team, ranked one of Florida’s top teams in Division 2A, finished its regular season undefreated to enter the state semi-finals undefeated. “As a former elementary football player, I like to be an example for the elementary footballers,” said Alex Perera, varsity junior. “It was a long time ago that I was playing elementary football, but I remember every game.

“I’m glad to have been a part of the elementary program and continue hope to continue being a role model for the younger kids well beyond my years as a student. Once a Crusader, always a Crusader!”

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