Gladiators verses Soldiers

Gladiators Win the 2021 FFA 2.0 Federation Bowl I

​In a physically dominating performance the Southwest Florida Gladiators win their 4th championship! Even more impressively they have made history by winning 3 titles in a row. Yes sir, the elusive 3-Peat has been achieved. 

The Gladiators are the first team in FFA/FFA 2.0 history to win 3 titles in a row

and they did it with a perfect, undefeated season. Over this 3 season

championship stretch, ​the Gladiators are an impressive 37-1. I believe that is

what they call a DYNASTY!


This years Federation Bowl was held in Lakeland Florida on a nice turf field. 

The Gladiators were the away team and got the non-airconditioned locker

room, Crazy that any stadium in Florida has a hot box for a locker room but

that is the case at Lakeland HS where the championship game was held.


The Gladiators were well prepared to meet the South Conference 

Champion South Florida Wolverines. In 2019, the last completed season, the

Gladiators beat the Wolverines 29 - 0. It was the first shut out in

championship game history and became known as the Donut Bowl. A title the Gladiators loved but the Wolverines, well, not so much love. 


The Wolverines came into the game with a chip on their shoulders and redemption on their mind. They also came in as the 4 point favorite and had the FFA 2.0 MVP at QB.  All eyes were on how their MVP lead, explosive offense would stack up against the mighty Glad defense.


The Gladiators came in with a 3-peat on their minds. Win this game and the word dynasty could be used with no argument. The Gladiators QB Demarcus Sexil was the runner up for league MVP and was ready to show why he should have won.


There was a large crowd and the stage was set for a battle that would also determine the #1 ranked team in the nation.


The Gladiators came out hot and drove right down the field. It looked like the Gladiators scored on their opening drive but a missed call by the Refs changed a touchdown into a fumble and a touch back for the Wolverines. The Wolverines were unable to do much with the ball and kicked back to the Gladiators who promptly drove down and scored putting the Gladiators up 7 - 0. The Gladiators defense continued to smothered the Wolverines offense but the Glads did make some mistakes that kept an additional 14 points off the scoreboard. So at halftime the score was Glads 7, Wolverines 0.


In the second half it was more of the same. Gladiators QB Sexil continued to dominate and to show why he should have been the FFA 2.0 MVP and of course the entire Gladiator sideline kept everyone aware of that fact. By the end of the 3rd quarter the score was Gladiators 13, Wolverines 6.


It should be noted that the Gladiator defense sacked and harassed the Wolverines QB all night until he was knocked out of the game in the 3rd quarter. The Gladiator linebackers and defensive line were more that the Wolverines could handle and with 3 minutes to go in the 4th quarter the score was 20 - 13 Gladiators. The Glads were were driving again. but a silly penalty stopped the drive and they had to settle for a field goal attempt. The field goal would pretty much ensure a Gladiator victory, but that didn't come easily. There were multiple penalties and the Gladiator kicker, with ice in his veins, actually made the field goal 4 times before it counted. The final score was Gladiators 23, Wolverines 12. The 2021 FFA 2.0 Federation Bowl Champions are the Southwest Florida Gladiators and are the first to 3-peat. The 2021 Gladiators have officially become a dynasty. The GORRILA GANG is King!

Gladiators Win Big Against the Port Orange Stallions

On February 13th the Gladiators traveled north of Daytona to meet the Stallions. The Stallions

are a young team with a great QB and receiver tandem. They also have a talented running

back that has caused problems for the first few teams they have faced. Even though the

Stallions were 0 - 3 coming into the game, they had played each team very close. But now

they have to take on the defending champions.


I could get into a long winded recap of the game but suffice it to say, the Gladiators dominated

every aspect of the game. The score was 25-0 at halftime. In the second half everyone got to

play and many got to play in positions that they never have before. Even with that the Glads

were about to score again when the lights went out on the field. After waiting for 10 mins or so

for the lights to come back on it was decided that the game was over with the score Gladiators

25, Stallions 0.


There were several takeaways from this game. First of all the Gladiators defense is very

tough. In fact they have something like 25 sacks in the first 2 games alone. They also have

around a half dozen interceptions. It is going to be tough for any team to put points on the

board against the Glads defense.


Secondly, the Gladiator offense is loaded with size and talent. They have a slew of quality

running backs, some fantastic receivers and multiple talented quarter backs. I believe that when they get it all worked out and have their timing down they will be virtually unstoppable. 


The week the Gladiators travel to the Dunedin Pirates who are playing in St. Petersburg this year due to Covid and stadium issues. Come see this potentially explosive divisional game at Childs Park in St. Pete. The game starts at 5pm, see you there!




































Gladiators are known as the Gorilla Gang

USA Bowl National Championship Game

Gladiators were invited to participate in the 2021 USA Bowl held in Daytona Florida. Teams are chosen

from all over the country based on the win loss records. You pretty much have to be a league champions 

to even be considered.


The Gladiators were asked to play the Carolina Palmetto Hurricanes. Now it is well known that when

these teams come down to play they are in fact all star teams made up of the best players they can 

find. In some cases they are loaded with active college players.


The Gladiators came into this game ranked below the Hurricanes and were the underdog. Now that sounded like a challenge. 


Coach Perry of the Gladiators along with the excellent coaching staff came up with what turned out to be a brilliant game plan. They simply put the ball in the hands of the talented running back core and pounded the ball behind the biggest offensive line in the league. Then the terrific Gladiators defense did what they needed to do.


The Gladiator offense drove the ball for nearly 8 minutes on the opening drive but came up short with an interception in the endzone. The Gladiator defense then took over and struck first with a safety. Glads were up 2 - 0. Then later in the first quarter the defense made a rare mistake and gave up a long touchdown pass. The first quarter ended 6 - 2 Hurricanes. The second quarter was more of the Gladiators pounding the ball down the field. They pounded it in for an 8 - 6 Gladiator lead. Then the Hurricanes struck again with another deep pass and the score was 14 - 7 Hurricanes. But before halftime the Gladiator defense struck again with another safety so the halftime score was 14 - 9 Hurricanes.


In the second half the Glads came out pounding the ball again to a now tiring Hurricanes. They pounded the ball down the field and scored to take a 15-14 lead. Then went for the extra point and it was blocked and run back for 2 points by the Hurricanes for a 16-14 point Hurricane lead. But the Gladiators weren't done. A touchdown and a late field goal iced the game for the Gladiators with a punishing 26- 16 win.

New Date!


Gladiators Win!  Gladiators Win!  Gladiators Win!


4 Time FFA Champions!

4 Conference Championships | 5 Divisional Championships | Record of 71 - 8 since 2015 | ​52 - 3 Since Coach Gerald Perry became Head Coach!


 

​​​​​2022 SCHEDULE

 

  Regular Season
  1/22/2022 vs Stingrays rescheduled to 2/19/2022
  W 6 - 0 1/29/2022 @ River City Commandos (Folded)

  2/5/2022 vs Dunedin Pirates
 
2/12/2022 @ Tampa Thunder
  2
/19/2022  vs Florida Stingrays
  2
/26/2022 @ Florida Stingrays
  3/5/2022   @ Dunedin Pirates

  3/12/2022 vs Tampa Thunder

  3/19/2022 vs Miami Spartans

  3/26/2022  @ DC Raiders

  4/9/2022  vs Magic City Bulls


  Playoffs

​  4/16/2022  Wildcard Round
  4
/23/2022   Divisional Round
  4
/30/2022   Conference Championship

 5/14/2022 FFA2.0 Championship     

  Red = a Forfeit Win


Here we go...

Gladiators Sink Pirates Ship


This game was billed as the Football Federation Alliance (FFA) game of the week. On paper it looked good. The defending champion Gladiators at 2-0 against the up and coming Pirates at 1-1. The Gladiators had first knocked off the #1 rated Soldiers and then traveled to Daytona to beat the Stallions. The Pirates had first beaten the Duval Raiders and then traveled to Georgia where they were handed a defeat on the road by the Grizzlies. Would the Glads continue their winning ways or would the Pirates bounce back from the tough road loss?


As an interesting twist to this game, it turns out that these two teams would play each other back to back. They would play on the 20th and then again on the 27th. This can change some strategy as neither team will want to show everything in their first meeting.


So how did it go? Well, this game was never close. The Gladiators jumped out to a 20 - 0 first quarter lead and never looked back. The final score was 54 - 6 Gladiators. The Gladiators dominated every aspect of the game, practically scoring at will. The speed and the power of the Gladiators was simply overwhelming. The Pirates played hard and my hat comes off for the effort. But they simply were no match for the Gladiators.


     Gladiators Win Opener Against the #1 Rated Team in the FFA

For the Southwest Florida Gladiators it was their first game of the regular season and for the West Coast Soldiers it was their second game. This game was a matchup of the defending FFA Champion Gladiators and the only team that beat them last season.

The Glads felt that they had played very poorly in last years matchup and had something to prove. The Soldiers had beaten the best team in Florida, the Glads, and wanted to prove it wasn’t a fluke and that they deserved their #1 ranking this year.

This was a very heated contest that started nearly 2 weeks before the game with online bantering and posturing. By the time the game happened it was naturally at a fever pitch.

This contest would happen at the Gladiators home field whereas the last

time these two teams met happened at the Soldiers field. The second

matchup last year didn’t happen since the season was cancelled due to

Covid.

It surprised no one when this game turned out to be a hard-hitting affair

dominated by 2 great defenses. For much of the first quarter neither offense

could get much going. In the second quarter the Glads struck for the game’s

first touchdown. On the extra point the Glads false started and got a flag.

This backed the ball up and on the second attempt the extra point was no

good. We went to halftime with the score Glads 6, Soldiers 0.

The second half started with the Soldiers sustaining a drive and scoring a

touchdown. They went for a 2-point conversion which the Gladiator defense

stuffed. The score was now 6 – 6. Later in the 3rd quarter the Glads with a combination of hard running and a spattering of passes along with some great scrambling by their new QB managed to score again with a nice touchdown pass. This time the extra point was good and the 3rd quarter ended with the score, Glads 13 and Soldiers 6.

In the 4th quarter the Gladiator defense turned it up another notch. The Soldiers could drive the ball but as they would approach the red zone would run into a brick wall of Gladiators. The game ended when the Soldiers threw a pass that was tipped and went right into the hands of the Gladiators defense.

It was a good game with both teams leaving it all on the field. The next matchup between these two teams will happen on the Soldiers home field. It will be a big game that may very well determine who wins the division and gets a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The First Game of The Gladiators Season is Here!

The Gladiators last took the field early last March. Since then, they we have been on

Covid lockdown. Well, they are back and are looking better than ever. They have added

exciting talent all over the field including a brand new quarterback. And this week they 

kick off at home against the West Coast Soldiers. This is a divisional game and is a

young but strong rivalry. 


Last season the Gladiators stumbled at the Soldiers in a rare poor showing. So, there is

a lot of interest in playing up to their potential to start the season. 


The Gladiators played 3 weeks ago in the USA Bowl National Championship Game and 

pulled off a hard hitting 26 - 16 victory. Everyone could see the potential of this team even

with all of the mistake that kept it close.


If you want to see what may be the biggest game of the entire regular season, then you

will not want to miss this game!


The Gladiators are doing something different this game. You do not have to sit in the

stands. You are free to bring a folding chair and pull up a seat down the side lines and

watch them game. Admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for kids 8 - 11. Concessions

will be open and is being run by the Bulldogs Pee Wee Football organization.


It should be an exciting game, see you there.

Gladiators Dominate Soldiers But Almost Lose Game

This was the third meeting of the Gladiators and the Soldiers in 2021.  The first game the Gladiators won 13 - 6 in a defensive battle. The second meeting the Gladiators won 34 - 30 in an offensive shootout.


The second game saw the Gladiators down 14 - 30 towards the end of the 3rd quarter. But a cheap hit on a Gladiator player followed by a classless celebration seemed to light a fire under the Glads. What followed was 20 unanswered points by the Glads including a game winning touchdown pass with 26 seconds left in the game.


So with no love loss between these two teams, it was time for game 3, the Conference Championship, for the right to go to the FFA Championship game.


The Gladiators came out and played solid football dominating the Soldiers both on offense and defensive. But the Gladiators kept shooting themselves in the foot. They missed 2 field goals, had one touchdown called back due to a silly penalty and blew another touchdown with an interception near the end zone. The game should have been 27 - 0 at half but with all of the errors was only 7 - 0 Gladiators.


By the end of the 3rd quarter the score was 15 - 6 Gladiators. The 6 points of the Soldiers came off another Gladiator mistake.


The 4th quarter is where it got crazy. The refs made a terrible call which cancelled an interception that would have stopped a Soldiers drive. The Gladiators lost their cool and the very next play the Soldiers scored.


Then with only 6 minutes left in the 4th the Gladiators committed what could have been a terminal mistake. The center snapped the ball when the QB wasn't looking and it sailed past him down to the 2 yard line. A few plays later the Soldiers put it in the end zone and took their first lead of the game 19 - 15.


On the next drive the Glads threw an interception after driving the length of the field. If the Soldier could get 1 first down they could run out the clock. But the Gladiator defense stepped up and forced a punt.


Needing a TD to win with under 2 minutes left and with no timeouts remaining, the Gladiators backs were against the wall. But QB Mark Sexil and his great receiver core had victory in mind. They drove down the field. With under 40 seconds left in the game the Soldiers made a huge mistake. They pass interfered with the Gladiator receiver in the end zone. The ball was placed on the 1 yard line. The Glads lined up and their huge offensive line shoved the ball into the end zone on a QB sneak. Glads convert on the 2 point conversion and went up 23 - 19 with just 17 seconds left in the game.


Glads win and go on to the FFA Championship Game for the 3rd time in a row. No team has ever won 3 FFA titles in a row but the Glads have a chance in Lakeland on May 22nd. Don't miss this chance to see history made. Come to Lakeland and cheer your hometown Gladiators on to what we hope is a historic victory!

GLADIATORS WIN DIVISION


This game was the Football Federation Alliance (FFA) game #8, game of the week. It pitted the 2 best teams in the northern conference against each other with a division title on the line. Back on February 6th these two teams met for the first time and the result was a 13-6 Gladiator win in what was a defensive battle. Nearly 2 months later they met again but this time the offenses had their day.


 At the end of the first quarter the Soldiers had a 6-0 lead. Early in the second quarter the Gladiators got in the end zone. A bit later the Soldiers scored again. But just at the end of the second quarter the Glads got into the end zone and both teams went into halftime with the score 14-14.


The third quarter wasn't so kind to the Gladiators who fumbled on the opening possession. The Soldiers capitalized and went up 22-14 with a well executed 2 point conversion. The Gladiator defense continued to struggle and gave up another touchdown late in the 3rd quarter giving the Soldiers a 30-14 lead. With the way the Gladiators were playing, this lead looked pretty insurmountable. But, the football gods failed to tell the Gladiator players and coaches.


On the next Gladiator drive an ugly hit by a Soldier player got him ejected. This seemed to rev up the Gladiator players and coaches and after calm was restored they drove right down the field and scored but missed the 2 point conversion. The score going into the 4th quarter was 30-20 Soldiers.


The 4th quarter went back and forth but the Gladiator defense just wouldn't break. Finally with about 4 minutes remaining the Gladiators scored again and made the 2 point conversion to bring the score to 30-28.


With only 4 minutes remaining and after a poor squib kick the Soldiers had the ball in great field position. The Soldiers were going to be all about running out the clock. But with 1:50 to go in the game the Soldiers were forced by a very aggressive Gladiator defense into a very big mistake. The Soldiers threw an errant ball the ended up being a lateral. The ball was picked up by the Gladiators and run back to nearly mid field. Now it was all on the Gladiator offense. They had 50 yards to go in 1:46. 


With 14.6 seconds left on the clock the Gladiators completed the comeback with a touchdown pass to a waiting receiver in the end zone.  Final score was Gladiators 34, Soldiers 30. And with the win the Gladiators won their 3rd division title in a row..


It's Tryout Time!


On August 29th at 3:00pm the Gladiators will be hosting their annual team tryouts. 


If you have always wanted to be part of a championship organization here is your opportunity. 


Every year the Gladiators add talent to reload for another championship run.


Bring your cleats, shorts and a tee shirt and come to Lakewood Ranch Park, Bulldogs field and get in a good workout with some of the Gladiator veterans. 


The cost is $25.00 and if you make the team your fee will be applied to your team fees. 


Lakewood Ranch Park          3:00pm

5350 Mustang Alley               $25.00

Bradenton FL  34211

GLADIATORS: 3-PEAT!!!!!!

2018, 2019 and 2021 FFA CHAMPIONS!