It was all very serious. There was neck-muscle flexing, shoving and cursing — so much cursing. When something went right, the celebrations seemed endless. When something went wrong, there was near disbelief. And all that over a game of touch football.
The seriousness played out on Sunday at Plantation’s Central Park, where some of South Florida’s best skill-position players gathered for the Miami Dolphins’ 10th-annual 7-on-7 football tournament. When the seriousness ended, it was Miami Carol City that hoisted the tournament trophy after a 14-7 victory over the rival Miramar Patriots. It was Carol City’s third-consecutive win in the tournament.
“These kids on both sides, they know each other,” Chiefs coach Benedict Hyppolite said of playing Miramar. “They grew up with each other… so it’s definitely a competitive rivalry.”
Carol City quarterback Marlon Smith was a little more blunt.
“It feels good to beat up on them,” he said.
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