The Juneau Youth Football League ended the 2012 season with three star studded and action packed clashes on the wet, wild and windy turf of Adair Kennedy Field last weekend.
Coaches were asked to submit roundups from the games and provided these recaps. The Juneau Empire Sports department acknowledges that all athletes’ names may not find their way to print, but we appreciate the sporting efforts of all our community players. Good job teams.
In the Cub Division, the third and fourth graders were in a staunch defensive battle Saturday morning. The Cowboys, who posted a 5-1 regular season record, were challenged by the 4-2 Seahawks throughout the game.
The score remained 0-0 through four quarters with the Seahawks’ Trey Stansell and the Cowboys Caden Derick making key defensive stops. The game moved into double overtime and Seahawks’ quarterback Cody Morehouse faced a 3rd and 15, ran a reverse quarterback bootleg and crossed the goal line with the game’s only score and the victory.
According to coaches all the athletes made a tremendous effort and impact on the game.
The Junior Division kicked off tournament play on Friday night with the undefeated Wolverines in a close contest with the Spartans.
The Spartans took the opening kickoff part way down the field before turning the ball over on downs. The Wolverines took just five plays capped off by tailback John Hamrick’s 33-yeard scamper for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. The Spartans stopped Vaipuna Toutaiolepo from the extra point.
To end the 1st quarter Spartan QB Jonah Penrose threw a pass to Flanker Bryson Echiverri who ran up the field to give the Spartan offense a 53-yard gain. A few more rushing plays and a 22-yard pass between Penrose and Echiverri pushed the ball up the field until a poor exchange between the QB and halfback Andre ‘JR’ Neal resulted in a fumble, which was recovered by the Wolverine defense. Two plays later however, the Wolverine offense fumbled the ball and the Spartans recovered. Six plays later fullback Sam Smith scored for the Spartans.
An extra point run by Neal gave the Spartans the 7-6 lead. A Wolverines fumble on the first play of the next series was recovered by the Spartans. Spartan QB Penrose threw the ball back to tailback Neal who then threw the ball 21 yards to flanker Echiverri waiting in the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point failed but the Spartans had a 13-6 lead. Again the Spartan defense forced a fumble and Daniel Phillips recovered but neither team could score the remainder of the first half. The only close opportunity for a score in the second half came as the Wolverines marched to a fourth-and-goal late in the game. The Spartan’s Neal tackled Wolverine running back Jaresse Mays deep in the backfield to stop the momentum. Final score 13-6 Spartans
Stats for the game:
Wolverines - John Hamrick 17 carries for 134 yards, Viapuna 5 for 8 yards, Jaresse Mays 10 for 14 yards.
Spartans - Jonah Penrose 10 for 0 yards, 3/6 passes for 98 yards; Sam Smith 8 for 24 yards, 1TD; Andre JR Neal 11 for 39 yards, 1PAT; Neal 1/3 passes for 21 yards, 1TD; Bryson Echiverri 5 for -10 yards; Echiverri 4 receptions for 109 yards, 1TD. Overall Record for Junior Division: Spartans 6-2, Wolverines 7-1, Bulldogs 2-5, Gators 0-7.
The senior division had more at stake than just the division title. The winner would move on to play the best team from up north. The Hurricanes capped their undefeated season by stopping the Hawkeyes 37-7.
The Hawkeyes, however, took the first play of the game all the way to the house as Fletcher Sebens ran off-tackle for 56-yards and a touchdown. The extra point was good.
The Hurricanes scored early and often, first by a 35 yd pass from Kasey Watts to Gabe Crawford setting up a Benji Hendren 6-yard run for a touchdown power dive. The extra point failed. Then Crawford caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Watts. The extra point again failed under the Hawkeye pressure.
Little big man, Donavin McCurley, then put in a Hurricanes scamper of 35-yards after picking off a Hawkeye pass. The extra point was good on a Hendren inside run. McCurley found pay dirt again before the half, running a reverse for 43-yards and the score. The Hawkeyes denied the extra point.
In the second half, Watts connected on a pass to Chase Saviers for a 31-yard touchdown. Again the Hawkeyes defense stopped the extra point. McCurley found the end zone for the Hurricanes last touchdown, taking a broken play 5-yards for a score. The Hawkeyes prevented the extra point. The Hurricanes’ Bubba Stults had an interception and a fumble recovery. Mahina Toutaiolopo, who had not played since the first game of the season when he suffered an injured wrist, made many tackles and pressures on defense.
Hurricane’s coach Rory Niere stated he was proud of both teams play and liked preparing kids for the next level and teaching them the fundamentals of football. The Hurricanes now travel to Anchorage where they will play the Mat-Su Steelers at Anchorage Football Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m.