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Davis Junior Blue Devil Blue teams go 3-1 at home

Davis Junior Blue Devil running back Jude Vaughn, right, shows the speed that helped him rush for 130 yards and a TD in the Junior Pee Wees Blue team's 45-12 loss on Saturday. Courtesy photo

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From page B3 | October 09, 2012 |

It was an amazing display of offense — and another shutout for the local defense — as the Davis Junior Blue Devil Midgets Blue team steamrolled visiting Burbank, 40-0, Saturday as part of a full day of youth games at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium.

For the Midgets Blue, the victory puts them at 5-1 and in second place in the Division I Sacramento Youth Football League.

In a game filled with offensive highlights, the Devils managed to get the ball into the hands of every suited player.

The first score of the game came when John Lagatutta connect on a pass to lineman Tucker Fisk, who lined up as a receiver and outran two defenders to make a 42-yard touchdown catch — his first of the year.

Offensive lineman Nicholas Amoah carried twice for the first five rushing yards of his career, while Jesus Jiminez ran two times for 15 yards, including a three-yard TD that Davis up 14-0. Fellow lineman David Yo ran in the extra point.

On the next series, Miles Lampley displayed his running ability with two carries for 15 yards. Lagatutta then found Ben Eason open for an 18-yard reception to set up the third Blue Devil touchdown …

With a first down on the 20-yard line, Deon Wilkins took a reverse handoff from Ish Perez. Wilkins was forced 19 yards backwards by the Titan defense before he found daylight and scampered back to the original line, then outran several Titan defenders and juked his way into the end zone.

On the ensuing series, Davis’ defense putting on a show as Fisk pressured the Burbank QB into a fumble that was recovered by Yo. The first play of the next Titan series was a pass that Perez intercepted and returned 64 yards to pay dirt, putting the Devils up 28-0 at the break.

The locals got a stop to start the second half, then began moving the ball when quarterback Connor Bunfill found Josh Steen on a fourth-down screen pass. Needing 13 yards for a first down, Steen managed to shake loose from several defenders and gain 18.

On the next play, Bunfill was forced out of the pocket and found a seam for a nice 20-yard gain, setting up Christian McCoy’s 1-yard TD run. Bunfill found tight end Eben Kohn for the PAT.

After another strong series by the Davis defense, Blue Devil back Daniel Castro, picked up 25 yards on the first play of the ensuing drive. Bunfill then hit Liam Condon for a 13-yard pass down to the Burbank 5-yard line and Castro brought the ball in from there for the final score of the game.

In other DJBD Blue-squad action …

Junior Midgets Blue

Davis started strong and dominated Burbank, 40-0.

The locals broke the game open early — leading 14-0 by end of the first quarter, thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns from running back Luke Maffly.

After the two first-period scores, the Devil offense continued to pile it on …

Quarterback Neil Welch threw for two touchdowns, one to Maffly for his third score of the day and one to receiver Arcel Rusanganwa. Later, Welch scored one of his own on a bootleg that caught the Titans off guard, resulting in a 60-yard scamper to pay dirt.

Maffly ran for 100-plus yards — and finished with four TDs — while quarterback Welch rushed for an additional 90. Rusanganwa contributed 30 yards, and played QB late in the game.

On the other side of the ball, the Davis defense was in the same dominant form they’ve displayed for several weeks.

Defensive ends Kayden Hoal and Zach Thornburgh hammered the Burbank offense, posting several tackles for a loss, and linebackers Will Smith and Gabel Longshore successfully stuffed the ground game. Blue Devil linemen Eric Balderama, Luke Scoggins, Joe Morrison, Carlos Robles, Chris Plasterer and Raza Ali won the battle in the trenches, which paved the way for their teammates’ success.

“It was the most complete performance we’ve had yet,” said Davis head coach Josh Maffly.

Junior Pee Wees Blue

Despite scoring on just the second play of the game, the Blue Devils could not slow down a powerful Burbank offense in a 45-12 loss on Saturday.

Davis running back Jude Vaughn wasted no time getting started on his 130-yard day, as his first-quarter dash resulted in the first touchdown.

Though the Titans moved the ball well offensively, local defenders Adam Perry (seven tackles), Jamie MacNear (five), Aidan Cohan (four), Vaughn (three) did what they could to slow the progress. Trajan Clark, Baron Rosario and Ethan Cavanaugh added to the Devil effort with one tackle each, while MacNear and Cohan also recovered fumbles.

On offense, Vaughn’s all-around performance included a 20-yard return and 12 yards receiving. Clark recorded 12 yards passing.

“The reality is that the boys are getting better every week, even when the final score is not in their favor,” said Davis head coach Paul Hasson. “The skills development really has been incredible, and I’m encouraging the team to focus on these accomplishments — and not so much on the outcome of each game.”

The Junior Pee Wees, along with all of the DJBD Blue squads, will travel to Sheldon on Saturday for a nonleague match-up before finishing the regular season against the Junior Scots from Highlands on Oct. 20.

Notes: The Pee Wee Blue team stopped Burbank, 40-0, on Saturday. There was no recap submitted. The Davis Junior Blue Devil Page is published each Tuesday in The Davis Enterprise.

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