New England Football League SOUTH MVP'S | New England Football League


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DANBURY, CT – The South Division proved to be the most competitive in the NEFL AAA.  &ldquot;You had to be ready to play every week in this division&rdquot; said Militia head coach Lonnie Young. With three teams with winning records when playing outside of the division, the South proved it's' worth. The following MVP winners were true standouts in an excellent field of talent.

OFFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Dino Mancinelli (Bridgeport Gators) – Mancinelli started the season off right with his two touchdowns, no turnover performance against the highly touted Militia in the season opener. He never lost his stride completing a NEFL best 19 TD passes and two interceptions in the regular season.  &ldquot;He physically has the tools to make every throw; he also always kept you in the game with being smart with the ball.&rdquot; In terms of making his teammates better, Mancinelli's top three receivers lead the South and West Divisions with touchdown grabs.

DEFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Raquim Taft (Western CT Militia) – On a team filled with offensive stars like Kevin Oberg, Lionel Assie, and Jason Davis, Taft was a clear bright spot on the Militia's defense. &ldquot;Raquim did alittle of everything for the Militia&rdquot; said an opposing player. Taft totaled 6 interceptions and led the team in tackles from his hybrid safety position. More than numbers however, Taft was a coach on the field for the secondary and was always in the right place at the right time. &ldquot;His football instincts are some of the best I've ever been around&rdquot; said head coach Lonnie Young, &ldquot;he's always where he needs to be to make plays.&rdquot;

COACHING STAFF: Tri State Bulldogs– After losing four games last season by a total of 24 points, the Bulldogs brought in a coach with a history of turning around programs. Norman Mann was brought in the lead the 2013 Bulldogs and made an immediate impact. Mann is a longtime minor league football coach with multiple league championships and a National Championship title with the New Jersey Buccaneers. &ldquot;I knew what type of guy I was getting with Norman when I brought him in; a disciplinarian with an eye for talent and the experience to get us on track&rdquot; said owner Frank Williams. Mann and his staff turned the Bulldogs into a playoff team in his first season and distinguished themselves with key victories on the road. &ldquot;We're heading in a great direction; we owe that to our player's commitment and our coaching staff.&rdquot;

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