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Youth football all-stars enjoy postseason success

By: Staff Report
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Folsom and Vista del Lago’s high schools have solid football programs, fielding competitive teams from the varsity level down through the junior varsity and freshman teams. Not surprisingly, the youth football programs feeding these programs are also solid. Several youth football players have played and will be playing in high profile national games this month. Four Vista Jr. Eagles midget players, Wade Thomson, Ney Vencer, Trent Jas and Blake Martin, recently returned home from playing in the California vs. Florida Jr. Shrine Bowl All-Star game in Florida, as members of the California All-Star Jr. Shrine team. All four players, along with Nick Williams, played in the Sacramento East-West Jr. All-Star Shrine Bowl on Nov. 19. Thomson was named the East team’s Most Valuable Player following the game. Based on their performance in that game, Thomson, Vencer, Jas and Martin were selected to play in the California vs. Florida Jr. Shrine Bowl All-Star game on Dec. 10 in Orlando, as members of the California All-Star Jr. Shrine team, who won the game, 28-0. The California All-Star team also played an additional game against a Florida AAU All-Star team the following day and won 36-20. The Folsom Jr. Bulldogs have 18 players traveling to Dallas this week to play in the third annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl. The players, ranging in age from 8 to 13, attended a camp in Davis last summer and based on their superb play, received invitations to play in the youth games to be played Dec. 26 through Dec. 31. The 18 players were selected from thousands of youth football players who attended Offense-Defense camps from across the country. Folsom Jr. Bulldogs competing in the game include Brady Huddlestun, CJ Hutton, Harrison Craft, Isaac Dugars, Jacob Melander, Colby Christierson, Luke Simmons, Jack Prehoda, Damon Haberman, Jaxson Hansen, Tyler Nycum, Blake Christierson, Davin Simmons, Gavin Davis-Smith, Tre Green, Grant Appleberry, Will Streich and Max Simmons.