SIGNING DAY: Vayante Copeland Signs With the Michigan State Spartans
Dear Lord, the Battles we go through in life, We ask for a chance that's fair;A chance to equal all our strides, a chance to do or DARE; If we should WIN let it be by the code, Faith & Honor held high, if we should lose let us stand by the road and cheer as the winner goes by;Day by Day we get BETTER & BETTER, Til we can't be BEAT, WON'T BE BEAT, we will never stop fighting, We will never give up, so when we WIN, It won't be by LUCK!!! AMEN...
Congratulations to Vayante Copeland ( & Parents Todd Copeland & Melissa Jackson) Senior Running Back at Thurgood Marshall High School signs with Michigan State. Tay Tay playe with the Flames from the age of 6 until he was 13yrs old on the Elite Team.
http://youtu.be/1pdtNbgg4Pk (2013 v. Winton Woods HS, Cincinnnati, OH)
http://youtu.be/q2vAqS-zKz0 (2013 v. Alter HS, Centerville, OH)
Thurgood Marshall Cougars 2009 Rushes for over 5000 yards in a single season http://youtu.be/Z27o_m4kiPA
2015 Ohio Premier League Super Bowl Champions 12U
Coached by Daryl D. McCleskey, Sr., Brian Paye, Sr., Brandon Wright, Sr., Dave Harper, Tyson Jones & Lance Irving
2012 National Kick-off Classic Champions10yr old Division Knoxville, TN August 3rd - 5th
LONGTIME FLAMES STANDOUT VAYANTE COPELAND SIGNS WITH MICHIGAN STATE
Sr. RB for Thurgood Marshall High School Vayante' Copeland sigmed his Letter of intent with the Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Running Back/Cornerback Tay Tay is taking his talents North to East Lansing, Michigan. Not bad for a kid who started off as a center when he was six years old and emerged as one of the most prolific players in Flames History. #2 Tay Tay played with the Flames from 2004 thru 2009 where he guided his team to Four (4) Superbowl Titles, Two Pre-season National Championships in Knoxville TN and Two (2) Post season National Titles the 1st in 2005 in Chattanooga, TN and 2hd in 2006 in Mobile, AL along with several Post Season National Runner-ups from Panama City Beach, FL to Atlanta, GA.
2013 Nationals!!! Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl
November 20, 2012
11U Team Coached by Coach McCleskey/Anderson & Staff finished as National Champions in Gatlinburg, TN while our 9U Team coached by Coach Payne & Staff finished as National Runner-ups.
2013 Nationals!!! Turkey Day Classic Atlanta, GA
November 20, 2012
8U Team coached by Casey Releford & Staff finished as National Champions in the Historic Turkey Day Classic in Atlanta, GA
2012 Nationals!!! "Battle of Rocky Top" in Knoxville, TN
12U Team Coached by Shaka Hargrove & Staff won the National Title in Battle of Rocky Top in Knoxville, TN
2 National Champions, 1 National Runner Up & 1 3rd Place Finish in Panama City Beach,FL Snapper Bowl
2010 The Mighty Dayton Flames traveled with four teams(7's, 8's, 9's & 12's) to Panama City Beach, Florida to participate in the 41st Snapper Bowl National Classic. The 7yr old Team & 9yr old Team was victorious in their quest for their 1st National Title while the 12yr old Team finished as National Runner-ups in their quest for their 3rd National Title & our 8yr old Flames Team had a strong 3rd Place Finish. This is what we call Reppin' Your City cause we Reppin' Dayton, Dayton, Dayton!!!
After finishing the regular season 7-1-1 and scoring over 200 points and only giving up 12pts, this 12yr old team avenged its only loss & tie to the Avondale Warriors of Cincinnati and won the 2008 GCBYFA Superbowl 42-0(9-1-1)
After a 0-3 start this 5&6yr. Old Team "Turned up The Heat" to finish the season 9-4 and 2008 GCBYFA Superbowl Champions.
"BACK to BACK" to "BACK" 07, 08 & 09 SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2009 12YR. OLD FLAMES TEAM FINISHED SEASON 30-4
9U National Championship Team " BACK TO BACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONS"
Congratulations to our 2006 9U National Championship Team
13U National Championship Team
Congratulations to our 2006 13U National Championship Team
2008 11U Pre-Season National Championship II
Dayton Flames 50 Halls Red Devils, Knoxville, TENN 0
2008 Kettering Invitation Champions
Flames Bantam Champions-Defeated Kettering Firebirds Bantam team 19-18
Flames 8yr. Team Champions-Defeated 3rd grade Kettering Firebirds 26-0
Flames 11yr. Champions-Defeated 6th Grade Centerville Wee Elks-White 18-8
The Ohio Premier Youth Sports Association (O.P.Y.S.A.) B.K.A." Ohio Premier League"
Member Since April 1995 of the Cincinnati Buckeye Youth Sports Association "Buckeye League"
Member Since 2015 of the Ohio Premier Youth Sports Association "Ohio Premier League"
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4/5&6yr old team: cannot turn 7 before Aug 31st: Ball Carrier Weight limit 100 lbs Unlimited Tackle to Tackle
2009 National Youth Football Kick-off Classic-Results
I would like to take this time to thank all the Dayton Flames teams(7U,8U,9U,11U & 12U teams) that participated in the 4th annual National Youth Football Kick-off Classic in Knoxville, TN.
Congratulations to all Champions & Runner-ups
AGE/DIVISION CHAMPION RUNNER-UP
Sam Anderson 7U Team DAYTON FLAMES 6 LITTLE MIAMI, OH 0
Shaka Hargrove 9U Team DAYTON FLAMES 12 CD JAGUARS,Atl, GA 0
James Ward 8U Team DAYTON FLAMES 0 REDAN RAIDERS, GA 6 3rd place
Jarrod Clements 11U Team DAYTON FLAMES Finished 2-1
Daryl McCleskey 12U Team Dayton Flames Finished 1-2
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2013 the Flames traveled with 5 teams (8U, 9U, 10U, 11U & 12U) down to Knoxville, TN to compete in the 8th Annual National Kick-off Classic and all 5 teams placed as follows: 12U Coached by Daryl McCleskey, Sr. & Staff National Runner-ups(defeated by Cin. Fairmont Cowboys), 8U Coached by Eric Davis & Staff National Runner-ups (defeated by Sandstone Vikings), 11U Coached by Sam Anderson & Staff(defeated by Central Dekalb Jaguars), 10U Coached by Brian Payne & Staff & 9U Coached by Casey Releford & Staff (defeated by Wyoming Cowboys) all finished in 3rd place. Not bad for some pre-season national competition.
2014 the Flames went through a restructuring phase and for the first time ever didn't have all six teams to compete for league play. We didn't have a 9 year old and a 10 year old team. But never the less we continued to make a difference with our other 5 teams including our Dayton Flames Elite 13U team who has represented this organization well all over the country.
For the 1st time ever the Dayton Flames Elite traveled to the East Coast on June 26th -29th to compete in the 2014 DMAXX Bowl in the 13U division and went 2-1 for a THIRD Place finish. Not bad for a team that didn't get to put a helmet on before the 1st competition of the year.
Dayton Flames traveled with two teams (11U & 13U Elite Team) to Knoxville, TN on August 1st - 3rd to compete in the 9th annual National Youth Kick-Off Classic. Our 11U Team finished in third place while our 13U Elite Team fell in the National Title game to Power House Athletics 22-14 after defeating the Georgia Thoroughbreds in double OT.
Dayton Flames Elite was back at it once more by traveling to St. Louis, MO to compete in the Renegade Rumble August 29th - September 1st in the 14U division where the Mighty Elite Team fell in the Championship Game to Mid-Rivers Eagles 19-0. Pretty darn good for a team that played up in the 14U division. Loved the tournament and loved the people especially the Soul food at Sweetie Pies.
All four (4) of our GCBYFA made the playoffs (6U, 7U, 8U & 11U) and our 6U & 11U advanced to the Championship round where both teams fell to the Hilltop Hawks 6U 0-12 & 11U 6-12. Hats off to these coaches and their staff for representing the Flames well.
Now it was up to the Dayton Flames Elite to carry the torch and reign glory down on this organization for the remainder of the year because this is the first time in history that the Flames didn’t have a team representing the organization in the Superbowl.
This Dayton Flames Elite team wouldn’t disappoint, they would go on and compete in four (4) National tournaments during the month of November starting with the Tyler Genneken Memorial Football Tournament in Greenwood, IN from November 7th – 9th where there was a three way tie for 1st place and all three teams had to play a sudden death overtime against one another to determine which two teams would compete for the championship. We beat both teams in the sudden death overtime match and ended up playing George Hill Rising Stars for the championship whom we beat 14-0.
Next up was the River City Rumble in Louisville, Ky but due to unforeseen circumstances this tournament was cancelled the week of the tournament. Never the less we wasn’t going to take the week off after these young men fundraised tirelessly to compete on the Big Stage, so we contacted the Monster Sports in Columbus, Ohio to compete in this high powered tournament and beat the Hilltop Cowboys in the Championship 32-12.
On to the Battle in the Rocky Top National Championships November 21st – 23rd where we fell 34-6 (6-6 at halftime) to Central Bobcat Outlaws from Knoxville, TN in the Semi-Finals (team we loss to 27-0 in Gatlinburg, TN in the 2013 National Title Game) and finished 3rd in the Battle in the Rocky Top.
Finally a chance at redemption this Elite Team couldn’t wait to travel to Gatlinburg, TN November 26th – 30th to avenge not only its 2013 National Title game loss to the Central Bobcat Outlaws in Gatlinburg, TN but our 2014 Semi-Final loss in the Battle in the Rocky Top. Once again we fell to the Central Bobcat Outlaws 21-24 after totally dominating the game and led the whole way only to give up two (2) late TD passes in the final four minutes of the game. Not to mention we failed to score from the 1 yard line with 2.3 seconds before halftime which would have put us up 28-13 at the half and put the game away. In Knoxville this team rushed for over 300 yards against us but in Gatlinburg, TN we limited them to under 40 yards rushing but failed to stop the air attack late the 4th quarter. It was 4th and 20 from our own 45 yard line Flames was up 21-19 with 2 ½ minutes left in the game and we got hit with a roughing the passer penalty which gave them another shot and they scored on a 25 yard TD pass. We had over two minutes left to put a drive together but it wasn’t meant to be. We turned the ball over on downs with 35 seconds left in the game. What a run with such a great group of young men.
2015 the Flames were part of creating a new League, The Ohio Premier Youth Sports Association with former members of the Greater Cincinnati Youth Football Association (Buckeye League) and four or five new organizations. The start of something new and fresh sparked a lot of interest in southwest Ohio. Ohio Premier had nine (9) member organizations in its inaugural season (1. Aiken Falcons, 2. Cin. Cardinals, 3. Cin-City Gators, 4. Cin. Unity, 5. Dayton Flames, 6. Hilltop Hawks, 7. OTR Seahawks, 8. Western AA Warriors & 9. West Side Panthers) with several organizations looking to join in the 2016 season.
The Flames was back with all six teams to compete for league play (4, 5 & 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11/12yr. old Teams). Although the 9 year old team was a challenge with a change of coaches 2 times before the season was fully under way, We were able to hold it together to finish the season with a playoff loss to the Hilltop Hawks.
Dayton Flames traveled with only one team (11/12yr. Old Team) to Knoxville, TN on July 31st - August 2nd to compete in the 10th annual National Youth Kick-Off Classic. Our 11/12 yr. Old Team loss a heart breaker to the Central Dekalb Jaguars 6-12 on a Hail Mary pass with 10 seconds left in the game. 11/12yr. Old Team finished in fourth place. Not bad but none the the less we were disappointed & couldn't wait to get back to work.
All six (6) Flames teams qualified for the 2015 OPYSA playoffs with two (2) teams advancing to the Championship Round of the Playoffs (10yr. Old Team by beating Westside Panthers 7-0 & 11/12yr. Old Team with a forfeit win over OTR Seahawks). Our 10yr. Old Team was defeated by the Hilltop Hawks while our 11/12yr. Old Team advanced to the Super Bowl by defeating the Cin-City Gators. Our 11/12yr. Old Team won the inaugural Ohio Premier Super Bowl by defeating a very determined Cincinnati Aiken Falcons team 38-12.
Dayton Flames 11/12yr. Old Team Traveled to Louisville, KY to compete in the River City Rumble & defeated a undefeated Louisville Doss team in the Championship game 8-6 to Reign supreme.
Our 8yr. Old Team traveled to St. Louis, MO to compete in the Midwest Grid Iron Classic National Championships November 25th. These fine young men won their 1st ever game with National competition by defeating the St. Louis Killians 25-7 then fell 12-6 in the Semi-Finals to Matthew Dickey. Great job for their 1st National Competition.
2016 the Dayton Flames were in their 2nd season with the Ohio Premier League which celebrated the addition of the Cincinnati Eagles and the Taft Senators (f.k.a. Westend Wildcats) which brings total members to 11 in the newly founded Ohio Premier League.
The Dayton Flames traveled to the National Kick-off Classic in Knoxville, TN with four (4) teams; 9yr. old team, 10yr. old team, 11/12yr. old team & the Newly Founded Dayton Elite Team which is a collaboration of the (Dayton Flames & Dayton Jets) 13U. Our 11/12yr. old Team fell in the National Championship game while our 9yr. old team went 2-1, 10yr. old Team went 1-2 and Dayton Elite went 2-1 as well. A solid start to the 2016 season.
Only three (3) Flames teams qualified for the 2016 OPYSA playoffs and all three teams fell in the 1st round with gallant efforts (9yr. old team/10yr. old Team & 11/12yr. old Team) but our 11/12yr. old Team while winning the whole game fell to the Cincinnati Eagles 20-18 in the final minutes of the game but still had a chance to win but came up short on the 5 yard line of the Eagles as time ran out.
Dayton Flames 9yr. old Team Traveled to Indianapolis, IN to compete in the Naptown Classic only to fall in the Championship game 6-0 to Pike Red Devils. Congrats to Coach Steve and his staff for their efforts.
The Dayton Elite 13U Team traveled Knoxville, TN to compete in the Battle in the Rocky Top National Championships in the 14U bracket and went undefeated by beating Fort Thomas, KY Bluebirds 26-0 and Fredericksburg, VA Yellow Jackets 26-0. Dayton Elite also defeated the Carolina Hawks from North Carolina 14-0 in the National Championship to be Crowned National Champions!!! Congrats to Coach Jayson Ward, Coach Brian Payne, Coach Dink, Coach Charles MacDonald, Coach Brye McMillon, Coach Brandon Wright, Team Mom Ashley Ross & Rashica Ward on a superb job bringing two power house teams together & getting the job done!
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