For the 2nd year in a row Orlando played host to the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Youth Tackle Football League Based National Championships, Nov. 30th - Dec. 2nd. The quarter final and semi final rounds were played on Thursday, Friday, and, Saturday, at the Central Florida Fair Grounds, the National Championship final was held at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Teams from New York, Virginia, Maryland, New Orleans, and other parts of the country came to compete to determine the top youth tackle football teams in the nation. For the 2nd time in two years as members of AAU, Apopka was represented at the national competition. The Apopka Raptors qualified 3 teams for the event because of their season standings in league play; the Mighty Mite Raptors (MM), 8U, led by Coach Eric Green, the Pee Wee Raptors (PW), 10U, led by Coach Anthony Fieldings, and, the Varsity Raptors, 14U, led by Coach Eddie Williams.
In 2011 the Apopka MM squad won the AAU National Championships, at that time the team only had two players who had ever played tackle football before. Several players from last year’s team had moved up to the Pee Wee division which opened up spots for a number of new players. Former NFL Tight End Jeff Spek, who previously coached the team also moved up to serve as an assistant coach for the Varsity/14u team. The MM team however remained in very capable hands as former NFL Tight End, and two time Pro Bowler, Eric Green took the reins, Green had been an assistant last season and was very familiar with most of the kids on the team. Throughout the regular season and into the Florida District Championships, the MM team dominated their opponents with an almost unstoppable offense, and a relentless defense. The Raptors entered into the national tournament with an undefeated record of 10 & 0, and a top seeding in the tournament standings, they would just have to face two teams before entering the final round. The Raptors would defeat the Triad Ravens, from North Carolina, and the Albany Giants, from New York, before moving to the Championship were they would face another Florida team, the Lake Nona Lions. The MM Raptors continued their dominating style of play by quickly putting up the first several points of the game. Quarterback, Elijah Green, rushed for 4 touchdowns and Jaiden Gordon would score another to give Apopka the victory 32 – 0 and their 2nd national title in as many years. The MM Raptors would finish the season perfect at 12 & 0, perhaps even more impressive was the fact that in 12 games the team had zero points scored against them. "We are so proud of these kids" said Stewart Austin, President of the Raptors, "One day these kids will truly understand what a huge accomplishment this is”. Assistant coach Rafael Oliver perhaps summed it up best, “We did it we brought home another national championship this is what it is all about to teach the kids everything that we can and help them succeed in life to work hard and play like a team a winning team”.