When it came to eighth grade football in the Twin Cities metro area in 2011, no one could compare with Saints of the Brooklyn Park Athletic Association. They made a mockery of the North Suburban Youth Football League, cruising to a 12-0 record and winning the league championship with relative ease.
“We weren’t just beating teams, we were demolishing them,” said coach Johnny Fortune, who still coaches football in the Brooklyn Park Athletic Association and is an unpaid assistant at Park Center High School. “These were special kids.”
You can read Jim Paulsen's story about the team here.
This highlight video offers convincing evidence through the performances of several players who have gone on to start and star for their high school teams this fall at Park Center, Osseo, Champlin Park and Cooper.
Among those featured (numbers are those worn in the video):
#1 Ty’Shonan Brooks and #5 Amani Hooker, both now playing for Park Center. Hooker has committed to Iowa.
#2 Damario Armstrong, #9 Dazzon Easterling, #22 Prince Kruah, now with Osseo.
#7 Phillip Howard, now playing for Cooper and committed to the University of Minnesota.