It was feast or famine for the Davis Junior Blue Devils as the local squads went 2-2 in Sacramento Youth Football League play on Saturday at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium.
With Sheldon in town, some superior efforts were turned in by local players on each team. Here’s a look at the highlights …
It turned out to be a landslide for the Blue Devils, who sent Sheldon packing, 40-0.
Six touchdowns by a Fantastic Four of Jack Hoal, Ethan Iacono, Zach Thornburgh and Luke Maffly — with a pass completion to Gavin Schouten — ensured a high-scoring victory by Davis.
Hoal was good for three touchdowns (one on a 75-yard kickoff return) while Iacono made an 11-yard dash for the end zone. Maffly had several good carries with one resulting in a touchdown and Thornburgh also contributed with a key TD for the Blue Devils.
On special teams, Devil Chris Carr successfully completed two kicks for the extra points.
Meanwhile, the locals’ excellent all-around defense offered up a medley of tackles, sacks and fumbles, and an interception.
Luke Scoggins and Jimmy McGlynn both had strong stops for Davis, but the tackle of the day was by Kayden Hoal, who broke through to get to a Husky punter in the back field. He also blocked a pass.
Blue Devil lineman Eric Balderama and Iacono each broke through the Husky offense to single-handedly bring down the quarterback, while fumble recoveries by Joseph Morrison and Jacob Miller helped Davis control the game.
An interception by Deon Wilkins in the final seconds of the third quarter kept the Husky offense from getting on the scoreboard and sent the contest into scrimmage mode.
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Running back Jude Vaughn continued his eye-popping, season-long performance as the Blue Devils earned a 31-0 shutout of Sheldon.
One of Vaughn’s scoring scampers was a 99-yard jaunt as the youngster rushed for 269 yards on the day.
Baron Rosario scored the other Davis TD on a 15-yard run, and added 29 rushing yards to Davis’ whopping total of 345. Quarterback Trajan Clark run for 28 yards and converted the lone extra point for the Devils, while Ethan Cavanaugh picked up 19 rushing yards.
On defense, Cavanaugh was good for a six tackles — a personal best — and added a quick-handed interception.
More impressive local tackles came from Sandeep Chera and Robert Maggenti Jr. (both with two), Kai Roberts and Bradley Guerrero.
The Blue Devils competed with the Huskies but came up short in a 24-0 decision.
A slow start had Davis down 18-0 in the first quarter, but a close game the rest of the way featured shutout defense from the Devils throughout the second half.
And though the local offense couldn’t convert, it did move the ball well, creating three red-zone opportunities.
To that end, Devil QB Luke Carrell completed 8-of-19 passes for 75 yards and Keaton Massey caught five balls for 50 yards. Also catching passes for Davis were Ben Busano and Elijah Hackett, while the local rushing damage was done by Tony Williams, Busano, Ethan Rosendale and Carrell.
The Blue Devil defense struggled early against the Huskies’ tough offensive line, but the defensive line of Adam Perry, Elijah Hackett, Kieffer Jones, Santiago Gonzalez and Mason Johnstone, along with Williams, kept fighting and stopped Sheldon from scoring extra points.
The Davis special teams unit was outstanding, with excellent efforts from Zach Dewit, Joe Fields, Aidan Cohan, Luke DeSimone, Preston Runk and Kaden Andolina.
It was a rough outing for the Blue Devils, who fell to Sheldon 34-0.
Davis had difficulty moving the ball from the onset, and the Huskies took advantage of favorable field position to take a 20-0 halftime lead.
Just before intermission, the Devils had their best field position of the half thanks to a Taylor Vaughn kickoff return to the Sheldon 46-yard line, but couldn’t get to the end zone.
The second half featured a strong Davis effort but no local comeback.
Marc Antony Fields led the Blue Devils in carries and Vaughn rushed for nearly 30 yards on the day (mostly in the fourth quarter). QB Caden Neel completed more than half his passes on the day as he spread the ball to Charlie Easton, Gabriel Franco and Joey Asta.
Davis’ Kevin Coleman provided a highlight-reel play early in the fourth quarter taking a quarterback keeper 53 yards to the Husky 37.
Defensively for the Devils, Sam McGlynn led the team in tackles and Cody Taylor provided some big hits of his own, including a sack in the first quarter. Taylor, Lucas Griffiths and Nathaniel Barclift also combined on consecutive stops behind the line of scrimmage on Sheldon’s final drive of the game.
Additionally, local defensive linemen Kevin Halozan, Michael Catanzaro, Jeremiah Jones and Gerad Christian-Lichtenhan did a stellar job plugging the middle.
Notes: On Saturday, the Junior Blue Devils head to Sacramento High for four games against the Dragons. The Junior Pee Wees (9 a.m.), Pee Wees (11 a.m.) and Junior Midgets (1 p.m.) contests will be followed by the Midgets matchup at 3 p.m. … Thanks to correspondents Rosie Segura, Linda Delbar and Matt Banuelos for the recaps — and to DJBD’s Kari Filigenzi for coordinating their submission. The Davis Junior Blue Devil Page appears each Tuesday throughout football season in The Enterprise.