In 2017, the newly founded Rome Youth Football Organization kicked off its inaugural season with eight teams ranging from 7U-10U competing in the Northwest Georgia Youth Football League. “After a conversation with Head Coach John Reid of Rome High School, we rallied behind the complete backing of everyone involved. We worked together to develop a Wolves feeder program into the middle school and high school teams. We’re all Wolves,” said President DeMarcus Daniel. “We have three factors we’re teaching here at RYFO. You’re going to have fun, you’re going to learn, and you’re going to win. If you put any of those two together, you’ll get the third one for free”, explained Daniel. “If you’re having fun and you’re learning, you’re going to win. If you’re winning and learning, you’re definitely going to have fun. Put any of those two together and the third one is always free. If you only accomplish one, you’re missing out on the other two. So we’re teaching these kids to have fun, learn, and win”.
“The coaches don’t move up with the kids in our organization. We actually pass the kids on”, said Daniel. “The reason we do that is so the entire organization works together to give kids different influences from strong men. Our staff is in order of coaching seniority. The 10U coach has coached longer than the 9U, and so on.”
Three first year Rome teams reached the NWGYFL Super Bowl last season (7U, 8U, and 10U). The 7U team won the 2017 Super Bowl over Acworth 20-7 in the championship. 2017 B2C Player of the Year Justin Spivey led the Wolves dangerous rushing attack. “He’s a very dynamic running back. The kid is a dynamo. He’s one of the fastest kids you’ll see. He has a good heart and he’s a great kid on and off the field”, said Daniel.
The 8U team finished undefeated (13-0) in the NWGFL after a 12-0 Super Bowl victory over Rockmart. The 8U Wolves spent four weeks of the season ranked #1 in the state. They made it to the semifinals of the Born to Compete State Tournament before losing to WAP 6-0. Garnett Day was named the 8U B2C Lineman of the Year. “He’s famous in Georgia as #95. We call him “Big G’. He’s a big kid with a beautiful personality, but he’s known to make them cry on the gridiron.”
The 7U, 8U, and 10U competed in the B2C state tournament being recognized as one of the top teams in Georgia. Rome High School won their second consecutive state championship in 2017. Coined Rome Island by some, the talent and coaching match has turned Rome into one on of the best football hotbeds in the state.
The Northwest Georgia Youth Football League started practice for the 2018 season on July 23rd.