By Christopher T. Matthews
On Monday May 9th The Mid City Football League Commissioners and Coaches gathered to discuss the arrival of two new teams to the league.
Commissioner, Darrell Berry says we are out here today to recognize the Mid-City Football League and the two new teams that will be coming into the league in the 2016-17 season; The Mid-City Vikings and the Mid-City Buckeyes who were once known as the Gunckel Tigers. Altogether the Mid-City Football League will consist of 10 teams.
- Spartans under Coach Wayne Golliday.
- Steelers under Coach Shinaaul Jones.
- Lions under Coach Reggie Jones.
- Tigers under Coach Jamarr Black
- Bears under Coach Rashwan Wilson.
- Bulldogs under Coach Corey Goings.
- Riders under Coach Darryl Blair.
- Colts under Coach Earl Stevens.
- (New) Vikings under Coach Michael Baker.
- (New) Buckeyes Under Kevin Griffith.
Shainaul Jones Coach of the Mid-City Steelers said that, he looks forward to the upcoming season and he anticipates what the multiple facets that the new teams have to offer to the league. He also expressed that last season the Mid-City Steelers had a good season and he welcomes the good completion and camaraderie to come in the 2016-17 season.
Coach Jamarr “Black” of the Mid-City Tigers felt it was a good meeting and they are getting ready for the battle royal of course in all good spirits. When asked about how he feels about the two new teams entering the league his response was, “We welcome them with open arms and we are trying to get a 1-2-3. But more importantly, our aim is to keep the youth out of the street to the best of our ability, and guide them to the conduits in life that will yield prosperous for them.”
Viking’s coach, Michael Baker, feels it is a privilege to be accepted in the Mid-City Football League. “It has been a long time debate about leaving the STARS League, the previous league, that they were in but, we felt this was the year to do so. “ They are looking forward to a great competitive season, with a good group of guys and competition is pretty strong. His assistant coach, Kriston Allen, concurs with Coach Baker.
Kevin Griffith, assistant coach of The Buckeyes shared that, head coach Borrows Alexander and the rest of the staff for the Buckeyes really appreciate the Mid-City for granting them the opportunity to get back into the league.
Coach Griffith continued by saying; “My forecast for the season is the group of kids that we have will be very competitive and obtain a championship trophy. But more importantly, our overall goal is to see them carry themselves with excellence, not only on the field, but in school as well. Anybody can get trophies but instilling proper etiquette and mannerisms is what is lacking in today’s youth, so that is the overall goal of the Buckeyes program.”
Commissioner Berry says he would like for the parents through out the City of Toledo to know that there is somewhere for the youth to go and that is the Mid-City football League.
If interested you can feel free to contact any of the commissioners listed Darrell Berry @ 419-320-4903, Lamar Evans @567-315-9609, Wayne Golliday @ 419 297-6978 or Ramone McBrayer @ 419-283-8912 if any parents have any questions regarding cheerleading contact Lamar Evans @ the # listed above.