Dakota Dreams: Liberty City Football Players A Long Way From Home

Dec 23, 2013

Credit Miami Herald

It was the kind of cold they could feel in their bones, made worse by 30-mph winds that barreled across the North Dakota plains and whipped between the goal posts.

“At some point, you are going to walk out there, and your body is going to say ‘I’m cold,’” their coach had warned before kickoff. “Your body is going to try to say, ‘I can’t do this right now.’ You ignore that. You ignore that, understood?”

“Yes, sir!” they replied in chorus with their teammates.

But what did four kids from Liberty City know about playing football in freezing temperatures?

When Rashad Flanders, Jerrill Jenkins, John Lamour and Dantrel Horne played for Miami Northwestern Senior High, their games were held on sticky Friday nights before thousands of fans. Sometimes, beads of sweat covered their skin well before the whistle blew.

That changed three seasons ago.

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