The North Long Beach Junior Midget Panthers should be vying for a top seed in the this year’s playoffs. Instead, they are reminded to bring a change of clothes for after Saturday’s game. The league will be collecting their gear—win, lose or tie. The decision was made earlier this month to pull the plug on North Long Beach Pop Warner’s season due to a league-wide failure to pay back-dues, effectively ending what may have been a championship run for the Junior Midgets.
Hershel Dennis was part of what many still consider one of the greatest classes of high school prospects to come out of one school in the same year. Long Beach Poly’s 2001 roster was littered with top-end talent destined for Division I college programs. Nearly every level of the team could boast an All-American or All-Everything position player.