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Sarasota Millionaires | Page 9 | Sarasota Millionaires Football

By Doug Miles

The Sarasota Millionaires entered regular season play in a new league, playing on the road and came out with a 34-6 win over the Tampa Bay Stallions Saturday night in Oldsmar, FL. Quarterback Mario Davis threw three touchdown passes and ran for another while the Millionaires “Blackout” defense held the Stallions to a lone second quarter touchdown .

Sarasota opened the 2013 United Football Federation season in flashy style when Davis connected with Ben Seymour on a 75-yard touchdown pass on the Millionaires second possession of the game with 2:29 left in the first quarter. A missed two-point conversion gave Sarasota a 6-0 lead after the first fifteen minutes.

Early in the second quarter, both teams traded fumble recoveries. After a Mario Davis fumble, the Millionaires got the ball back on the next play. The Millionaires didn't score on that sequence but pinned the Stallions deep in their end of the field. Lenny Davis forced a fumble, scooped up the ball and ran it in from 15 yards out to extend the Millionaires advantage to 14-0 after former Sarasota High School standout Mike Ford converted the two-pointer.

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Head Coach Ernest Givins

The Sarasota Millionaires Organization participated in this years Suncoast Lifestyle Expo which was sponsored by ABC's 7 Sarasota-Manatee News, Weather, and Sports and was held at the Sarasota Bradenton Convention Center.
This year's Expo proved to be another huge success with over 5000+ attendees. Their were a lot of free product sampling's from local restaurants and businesses, fun demonstrations and exciting giveaways from the exhibitors. The Expo also offered free health screenings and free advice from experts in the financial and medical industries. Parking and admission were both free and when the doors opened at 10 am there was a line waiting in front of the building as well as the parking lot full of cars.
The Millionaires had a booth set up as their very own head coach/ex NFL player Ernest Givins signed autographs. Millionaire players were also an attendance as the crowds of people eagerly asked questions about the team and game schedule. It was great to be a part of this years expo and the Millionaires are already planning to participate in next years event.

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By Doug Miles

The Sarasota Millionaires may not have shown everything in their offensive playbook, but what they did display was effective in a dominating 32-0 shutout of the N.Y. Demon Knights Saturday night at Booker High School in Sarasota. The game was the final tune-up before the Millionaires embark on their inaugural season in a new league, the UFF, beginning February 9.

The Millionaires opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when former Sarasota High School standout Mike Ford took the handoff from quarterback Mario Davis and ran it into the end zone untouched from four yards out. Ford is attempting to resurrect his football career with the Millionaires after several years of off the field troubles. Marvin “Mo” Harris rumbled in for the 2-point conversion to give Sarasota an 8-0 lead. 
Early in the second quarter, Mario Davis connected with Marcus Mills on a 30-yard pass setting up a first and goal at the Demon Knights 6 yard line. Patrick “Choo Choo” Brown blasted in for the Millionaires second touchdown. “Mo” Harris added his second 2-pointer to put Sarasota up 16-0.

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The Sarasota Millionaires dedicated it's first preseason game Saturday to its fallen teammate Darien Everett who recently passed away in a car accident. The team took on the Brookvillie Ballers from Brooksville, Fl. In their Christmas Bowl. Although the team played with heavy hearts, the game gave the Millionaires a chance to clear their minds of the tragic event.

The Millionaires special teams was the ticket in the contest as they scored two touchdowns. Rookie Nigel "Nike" Matthews was a special weapon as he had 102 yards on two punt returns including a 37 yard return for a touchdown. Rookie Lenny Davis had a punt block that was recovered by Brandyn Kreg for a touchdown adding to the second special teams score in the game helping the Millionaires come out with a 22- 6 victory. 
The Millionaires "Blackout Defense" was very stingy as they held the Ballers on two goal line stance. Linebacker Marvin "Mo" Harris continues to be the heart beat of the defense along with some valuable key parts, one being former USF Bulls and Sarasota High standout Mike Ford. Ford is now a defensive player and brings a "Ford Tough" approach to the defense. Ford had six tackles and two sacks in the contest. The secondary is still pretty sharp as Brandon Johnson and Roson Allen both had interceptions. The Blackout Defense has added some young talent to the mix and looks to be a major force in the league. The offense got off to a slow start but the offensive line is the best the team has seen since 2007. "The offense normally comes along slower than the defense. I know their are a lot of things we still need to work on. It's not as bad as I thought" said head coach Ernest Givins. The offense received a spark as Mike Ford scored the only offensive touchdown on a four yard bruising run as he pounded and carried Baller players a long with him into the end zone when  he was put at running back in the goal line offense.

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Doug Miles Media

Doug has been the media coordinator for the Sarasota Millionaires Football Team, one of the most successful minor league football teams in the country. He has been a part of the Millionaires organization for over 10 years as the play-by-play announcer for both radio and podcast broadcasts. He has also covered the team by writing stories for the team and league websites.

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Sarasota Millionaires And Their Continued Community Services

The Sarasota Millionaires football organization are known for their continued community services throughtout their community over the years. The organization has participated in various community services some of which have included passing out Thanksgiving turkey's complete with all the trimmings to elderly recipients in the community, reading books on "Read-A-Book Day" to local elementary and day care children, community clean-ups, annual F-CAT pep rallies at schools throughout Sarasota county, and more!

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The Sarasota Millionaires ARE dedicated to providing pride and growth in our community. It's not just about football for the Sarasota Millionaires. We are committed to providing success to our players both on and off the field. The Sarasota Millionaires provide positive mentorship and planned activities for the youths in the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County. Although the team's season runs from September - April our programs continue throughout the year. Our motto is community FIRST and football is second.

If you would like the Sarasota Millionaires Football Organization to be a part of your planned event, please feel free to email us at SarasotaMillionaires@verizon.net