WOODLAND Ð In a rough-and-tumble affair Saturday at Lee Middle School, the Davis Junior Blue DevilsÕ Midget Blue squad prevailed over its host from Woodland, 14-6.
It looked like it might be a long afternoon as both teamsÕ defenses traded blows, yielding little yardage.
However, behind their massive offensive line, the Wolves got on the scoreboard first.
The Junior Devils knew, however, they would be in this game after squandering scoring opportunities with a few fumbles and missed passes. Despite the local setbacks, Woodland could take only a 6-0 lead into the intermission.
The second half was a different story.
Quinn Williams took the opening kickoff to the Land of Quick Six, as he streaked down the right sideline for a 68-yard touchdown.
Wally Aguirre gave the locals an 8-6 lead on his two-point conversion.
The rest of the contest saw Davis take control of the line of scrimmage and methodically chew up chunks of yardage.
AguirreÕs touchdown with 6:23 remaining put the icing on the cake for the Blue Devils.
On the run, a nice hole was created by center Francisco Cisneros, guards Jake Coveau and Justin Courtney-Singh, and when fullback Josh Greenfield stuffed the middle linebacker, Aguirre was able to drag the last two defenders in for the score.
After that, the Junior Blue Devil defense took over.
When Charles Bell wasnÕt disrupting things in the Wolves backfield, it was Deven Sanchez, Bailey Yarrow and Logan James coming off the edge to stop ball carriers in their tracks.
Quinn Bunstock, Nash Nunes, Capp Wiedenhoefer and Ricky Pacciorini helped neutralize the larger Woodland line with good, steady, fundamental football. Quentin McCray, Frankie Spinardi and Ray and Will Stevenson thwarted the Woodland comeback with solid pass coverage from their secondary posts.
Coach Adam Perez, who rallied his troops at halftime, remarked:
ÒThis will be the game that we look back and realize we established our identity as a football team. These kids never gave up and learned a lot about the size of their hearts. I couldnÕt be more proud of them.Ó
Shutout win for Junior Midgets
The Junior Midgets Blues improved to 2-0 with a stifling 22-0 victory over the Woodland Junior Wolves on Saturday.
A stellar defensive effort was led by Tucker Fisk with seven tackles and Cole Morse with five tackles.
Tommy McTygue and Jack Hoal added three tackles each and were supported with outstanding efforts and tackles by Will Bodendorfer, Jake Griffith, John Lagattuta, Bret Furtek, Nathan Ortiz, Devon Kim and Austin Griffith.
Junior Blue Devil quarterback Jack Beckman led the offense, completing three of his six passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns.
ÒBeckman is really starting to get a good feel for our offense,Ó coach Marty Morse said. ÒHis talents are beginning to emerge and he is building his confidence with every snap.Ó
Beckman connected on 12- and 13-yard touchdown strikes to Morse. Danny Medina made a spectacular catch, out-jumping a defender for a 20-yard reception. Glenn Welch also made a nice reception, as well as adding an interception that stopped a Wolf drive.
ÒOur linemen are workhorses who are beginning to emerge as an explosive unit,Ó Morse added. ÒReese Peterson, Fisk, Ben Easton, Miles Lampley, Furtek, Ortiz and Kyle Morse all had stellar performances. They controlled the line of scrimmage on both (sides of the ball).Ó
Cole Morse led the rushing with 63 yards on 11 carries and a score while Jake Hammond exploded with 56 yards on 10 carries. Tyler Mundy and Devon Kim showcased their first offensive carries of the year with some excellent effort, according to the coach.
With the crossover league play complete, the Junior Midgets will now prepare for their first league game next Saturday against Del Campo squad on the road.
Junior Pee Wee Blue now 2-0
The Junior Pee Wee Blues won their second straight game Saturday, beating Woodland, 33-12, at Lee Middle School.
The JPWÕs were firing on all cylinders from the opening kickoff.
Strong defensive plays from Francisco Cortina, Jeremiah Jones, Demetrius Hyder, Elijah Hackett, Justin Qvistgaard and Jude Manansala resulted in minimal Woodland yardage. The defense also recorded several turnovers, including an interception from Peyton Early, fumble recoveries from Lucas Griffiths, Zane Schouten, Kel Williams and Payne Barksdale. BarksdaleÕs recovery was for a Davis touchdown.
Offensively, the Junior Pee Wees were awesome with scores coming from Tanner McNamara, Griffiths and two more from Barksdale. Williams, Michael Cantazaro, Tsadiku Obolu, Ulysses Wright and Hudson Garland provided great blocking all day. Tight end Zane Schouten had several catches, including an extra point. Early added another extra point for the locals.
Overall, according to the coaches, it was a great effort from the players … and a great way to start the season.
Pee Wee defense strong in loss
The Blue Devil Pee Wee Blue team played admirably Saturday, but dropped a 12-0 decision against Woodland.
Defense for the Pee Wee Blue stayed strong throughout the game as highlights against the Wolves included Luke MafflyÕs lead in tackles, with strong work from the entire defensive squad.
Nathan Sanchez tipped a ball that led to an interception by Will Smith.
Devosia Harper brought down a Wolves runner after a 30-yard chase to prevent a touchdown as the Blue Devils followed up with a goal-line stand resulting in losses of yardage for the Wolves.
Davis head coach Chad Sanchez said he was happier with his teamÕs overall effortÉ
ÒWe had much better outside containment on the defense this week, led by Kayden Neel. Noah MurrayÕs punting was exceptional. He provided fantastic field position throughout the day.Ó
Sanchez said his team never let down.
ÒThe defense improved dramatically and we finished strong. We denied Woodland a TD with a goal-line stand to only be down 6-0 late in the fourth quarter,Ó the coach added.
On the offense for the Blue Devils, Jason Sanchez gained some tough yardage up the middle, dragging several defensive tacklers with him.