Jr. Bulldogs, Jr. Eagles win youth football championshipsBy: Staff Report
Jr. Eagles 12, Whitney 6
A tenacious offense and unyielding defense was the formula the Vista Jr. Eagles used to defeat the Whitney Wildcats and clinch the Division II title. A 20-yard run by Jadon Wallen set up Gavin Green for the touchdown, which put Vista on the board. Both teams battled in the freezing rain. The sky grew dark, the rain intensified and a gale-force wind swept over the field. With only 37 seconds left, the crowd rose to their feet, as Pierson Diehl ran 40-yards down the sideline, breaking two tackles, for the game winning touchdown. It was a great finish to an excellent season. We ARE the champions!
Jr. Bulldogs 40, Sacramento 0
In a season of dominating performances, the Folsom Jr. Bulldogs saved their best for last, beating the Sacramento Jr. Dragons 40-0 to win the SFC Division 1 Mighty Mite Championship. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on every possession and allowed no first downs and held the Dragons to minus-66 yards of offense. The Bulldogs were led by a remarkable performance from Austin McMillan, who rushed for 227 yards on 14 carries, scoring five touchdowns on runs of 20, 34, 52, 4 and 3 yards. Tyler Tremain capped the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run and helped the Dogs rush for more than 300 yards for the game. The offensive line was fantastic and opened huge holes all game. Tony Couch, Oshay Gardner, Jacob Viega, Caden Bienvenue, Evan Traynelis Howell, Ronnie Henslee, Aiden Single, Matt Carte, Cavin McCord, Mason Norberg, Parker Russell, Carson Jorge, Landon Jorge, Logan Hutton, Bobby McCann all contributed on the offensive line. Other offensive standouts included Tryston Jennings, Justin Hanzelka, Carter Martinelli, Lincoln Algier, Conner Campbell, Austin Mallett, Jayden Jackson and Isaiah Langham. The remarkable Bulldog defense had 14 tackles for a loss and an interception by Carson Jorge. The defense was led by Kole Simon, Jake Kelley, Grant Guthrie, Josh Tremain, Payton Dupree, McKay Diehl, Kyle Campbell, Tyler Tremain, Traynelis-Howell, McMillan, Viega and Bienvenue. The defense allowed only one touchdown in 11 games, leading the Bulldogs to an undefeated season.
Jr. Bulldogs 16, Whitney 8
The Jr. Peewees completed a three peat of Division 1 Football championships. "Their streak of wins rose to 30 consecutive games,” said Coach Watson. “Congratulations on all the hard work and dedication you have put into building your lives.” The team is made up of 35 hard-working, humble and very talented young men: Colby Christierson, Isaac Dugars, Brent Harnack, Chris Catalano, Zack Cottrell, Harrison Craft, Adam Crandall, Colby Diehl, Drake Digiorno, Tyler Dukes, Kyle Frazier, Cheyne Gitsham, Logan Harrison, Justin Hite, Cameron Holschuh, Brady Huddlestun, Jacob Huntingon, CJ Hutton, Lucas Jorge, Jacob Melander, Jayden Meneghetti, Koby Murray, Dylan Richard, Jaydon Robinson, Tyler Rumbel, Zack Russo, Preston Shephard, Logan Siller, Luke Simmons, Matthew Simon, Will Streich, Cole Tremain, Cy Watson, Dylan Wolger, and Alex Wong. The Jr. Peewees will take that streak on the road to Las Vegas over Thanksgiving week in a quest to be named a national champion.
Jr. Bulldogs 36, Natomas 19
The Jr. Bulldog Peewees came up big with a win over Natomas for the championship. With the heavy rain, both teams had trouble moving the ball. The Bulldogs struck first two minutes before halftime when Tanner Sims came up with a big run for 40 yards to set up a Dylan Jorge 10-yard touchdown run. Dominic Navarro recovered an on-side kick with a minute left in the half. Coach Dave Simmons dug deep in his playbook with a couple trick plays. Quarterback Simmons handed off to Josh Wisiniski that appeared to be a run, then Wisiniski threw a 20-yard pass to Sims. With their version of a statue of liberty play, Simmons starts to roll out looking to run then gives a quick handoff to Sims for a 30-yard run, setting up a 15-yard Simmons touchdown which made the score 12-0 at half. Then the offense exploded in the fourth quarter with a 60-yard screen play from Simmons to Jordan Thomas for a touchdown. After a fumble recovery from Sims, Simmons scored on a 20-yard touchdown run. Then Jorge came up big with a 40-yard run to setup a 5-yard Dylan Davis touchdown, which made the score 36-19. Jorge had an explosive day with more than 100 yards rushing. None of this would have been possible without the outstanding offensive line work from Brooks Mitchell, Kaden Richardson, Tyler Nycum, Ben Voelz, and Conner Ericksen. The greedy defense was led by Mitchell, Nycum, Sims, Navarro, Jorge, Voelz and Tommy Nunez.
Rocklin 24, Jr. Bulldogs 20
The Jr. Midgets fought hard Saturday in a battle that lasted until the final seconds of the fourth quarter. On offense, Davin Simmons put three touchdowns on the board and the defense came up with several stops to keep the team in the game. Ultimately, a season plagued with injuries caught up to the Jr. Midgets. It was a tough end to a great season. The boys played hard all year and gave it everything they had week after week. Hold your heads up high Jr. Midgets; you represented the Jr. Bulldogs well this year.
Jr. Bulldogs 16, Cosumnes Oaks 8
The Folsom Jr. Bulldogs completed their undefeated season with a 16-8 win in the SFC championship game over Cosumnes Oaks. The Bulldogs came out fast on offense, but could not reach the end zone until Dylan Crane found Brad Jenner to give Folsom an 8-0 lead. Crane would then fine Jack Sa to extend the lead to 16-0. Cosumnes added a touchdown in the second half to cut the lead to 16-8. Folsom's defense came up big to seal the win. The defense was led by Jack Sa, Brad Jenner and Micah Iverson. Crane, Jenner, Ben Barudoni and Iverson carried the Bulldog offense. "I am so proud of this team. They have more heart than any team I have coached in 17 seasons."