Ronald Lewis Bootleggers Easton

Posted On: 02/12/21 1:42 PM

The Louisiana Bootleggers' national team's game-tying two-point conversion pass was ruled narrowly out of bounds with time expired in the championship game.

But the group still left the Battle: Miami tournament as much the talk of the event as any other, including winner Def Con.

As many heads as the Bootleggers turned, though, the performance might not have opened anyone's eyes more than their own.

The short-handed roster still missing most of its multi-sport athletes to basketball and coach Ryan Clark to NFL television responsibilities traveled to Fort Lauderdale with minimal preparation time together and came together on the fly.

The team looked every bit the part of a national champion contender with one victory after another in a gauntlet that included Tucson Turf (twice), Def Con: Texas, South Florida Express and Miami Immortals before nearly taking Def Con's top team to overtime.

And with top weapons such as 2022 wide receivers A.J. Johnson and T.J. Johnson and budding 2023 star Omarion Miller on the way, the Bootleggers only figure to get stronger as the season progresses.

Ten or more players easily could earn recognition among top performers.

Rising senior cornerbacks Khamauri Rogers, Laterrance Welch and Jordan Allen all

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