Playing on Jim Sochor Field at Aggie Stadium on Saturday, the Davis Junior Blue Devils provided some exciting — if not winning — football.
All four local squads lost to Pleasant Grove, but three of the Davis teams were competitive through the first halves with the Pee Wees almost pulling out a victory.
Only the Midgets (6-3 on the year) will advance to the postseason — where they will get a rematch with the Eagles at Pleasant Grove on Saturday at 10 a.m. — and the other three DJBD squads pack up the gear.
Here’s a look back at Saturday’s action from Aggie Stadium:
In a back-and-forth, nail-biter of a game, the Blue Devils lost a heartbreaking 33-26 decision.
Pleasant Grove was nursing a 12-0 lead in the early second quarter, before Davis’ Elijah Hackett led a furious comeback with two touchdowns.
Hackett’s first TD came on a spectacular 64-yard run after catching a pass from quarterback Luke Carrell. Then, as time expired heading into halftime, Hackett’s second score came on a 62-yard pass reception from Ben Busano.
With the point-after, the Devils led 13-12 at the break.
Helping to keep the Eagles from scoring, Josiah Roa was strong on defense. Santiago Gonzalez, with assistance from Roa, displayed his tackling skills as well (until an injury plagued him later in the game).
The battle continued after intermission as the local offense answered Pleasant Grove’s touchdowns.
Busano added two scores of 55 and 63 yards, tying the game at 26-26 last in the second half. Keaton Massey scored the two extra points on passes from Carrell.
But Pleasant Grove broke the tie with just over a minute to play.
Along the way, the Blue Devil defense made plays contributing to the two comebacks.
Leading the way was Adam Hasson, who provided an interception and a fumble recovery.
Other leading Devil defensive players were Chris Najera, Cameron Nelson, Hackett, Kieffer Jones, Roa and Jamie MacNear, all of whom recorded tackles.
The Davis special teams unit also was impressive, thanks to excellent efforts from Kaden Andolina, Luke DeSimone, Joseph Fields and Tony Williams all making recoveries.
The Pee Wees finished 4-5 on the season, which included two overtime losses and two losses on last minute-touchdowns.
“I am very proud of how our boys played this season,” said head coach Scott Carrell. “We played very competitive football against the top teams in the Sacramento area.”
A strong first half helped the Blue Devils stick with Pleasant Grove, but the Eagles hit the ground running in the third quarter en route to a 21-0 win.
Defensively, Davis was all over PG early in the game.
Pleasant Grove’s first drive looked like it was going to result in a touchdown, but Zane Schouten made a tackle that set back the visitors. On the next play, Devil Joey Asta recovered a fumble, ending the drive.
In the second period, local Tendai Gundumura recovered another fumble deep in the Davis end, and Asta teamed with Sam McGlynn on a quarterback sack that ended yet another Eagle drive.
Cody Taylor and Charlie Easton came up with some crucial stops as well, and Easton made an outstanding block of a PG punt late in the first half. The teams went into intermission locked in a 0-0 tie.
The Blue Devils attempt at an onside kick to open up the second half did not go as planned and, with favorable field position, Pleasant Grove scored on its next touch — a long touchdown run from around midfield. The Eagles scored two more fourth-quarter TDs on long rushes.
Offensively for Davis, Easton made several good throws to his go-to receiver Schouten.
Meanwhile, Tsadiku Obolu, normally an offensive tackle, made good on his new number 88 jersey and hauled in a 10-yard reception for a first down late in the game. Kevin Coleman also contributed from the running back position.
The Junior Midget squad ended the year with a 1-8 mark, but will have many of their key players back next year. Coaches say this team will compete in 2014 and earn their way back to the SYF playoffs.
Junior Pee Wees
The Blue Devils put on a good show, but in the end succumbed to Pleasant Grove, 40-19.
The one-man highlight reel was Jude Vaughn, who scored all three of Davis’ touchdowns while rushing for a whopping 196 yards, which included an impressive 70-yard scoring scamper. He also had a 30-yard kickoff return.
Another notable performance came from Baron Rosario (15 yards rushing), who had two interceptions. One of the picks led to the Devils’ third touchdown of the game. Ethan Cavanaugh carried the ball for four yards and QB Trajan Clark ran for eight yards and completed an extra-point conversion.
The local defense posted 26 hard-hitting tackles, paced by Vaughn’s season-high eight stops. A.J. Hasson had six tackles, including one that stopped an Eagle extra point.
Robert Maggenti added four tackles, Ethan Cavanaugh had three stops and Bradley Guerrero and Sandeep Chera each had two. Clark contributed one key tackle.
“While our team did not come out on top this time around, they played their hearts out,” said coach Paul Hasson. “It’s amazing to see how they developed throughout the season and I look forward to coaching them again next season.”
The Junior Pee Wees finished 3-6.
Notes: The Midgets did not submit a game summary, although the Devils lost, 30-6, to Pleasant Grove. … The Enterprise thanks correspondents Matt Banuelos, Linda Delbar and Rosie Segura for their season-long contributions and a big shout-out to Kari Filigenzi for coordinating coverage this fall. Thanks, too, to DJBD officer Debbie Shoup.