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Youth Football Weekly Round-Up: September 28

This feature recaps last weekend’s action from the youth football organizations that chose to partner with LebCoSports.  Much of the reporting below is written by the dedicated volunteers within these organizations.  


     Falcon Youth Football

Red Rose Midget Football League Age group information 

B (2-2)          Falcons 6 v Manheim Central Barons 34

C (1-3)          Falcons 13 v Manheim Central Barons 32

D (1-2-1)      Falcons 20 v Manheim Central Barons 7

      • On Sunday, the Falcons hosted the Barons of Manheim Central.
      • The Falcon “B” team suffered a 34-6 loss to a program that has been a perennial powerhouse and a strong feeder program for its school team.
      • The Falcon “C” team had some highlights in a losing effort, with two touchdowns coming off throws by quarterback Tate Speraw to receiver Torrence Hubbard.  Unfortunately, Central was able to run the ball a bit too effectively, putting the game out of reach.  Despite this fact, Coach Padilla is confident that his players are developing as he sees them getting stronger each week.
      • The Falcon ”D” team took flight and provided a reel full of highlights in their win against Manheim Central.  The Falcons struck first on the defensive end, with Armarion Padilla stripping a Baron running back, recovering the fumble, then taking it 60 yards to the house.  Once the Falcons offense got onto the field, they scored again with quarterback Cameron Wamsher finding Padilla for his second touchdown of the day.  The second half of the game was a grind, with the Falcons controlling the clock.  Eventually, they did break through for another score when Chase Reesman took the pigskin for a 20-yard run into the endzone.  The defense had a strong team effort, but were led by Boston Speece who kept finding his way into the backfield and disrupted the Barons play development.  This was the “D” team’s first win of the season and it came against one of the best teams they will see.
      • Up Next: Cedar Crest gets their bye week.


     Lebanon Friendship Cedars

Red Rose Midget Football League Age group information 

B (0-4)     Cedars 7 v Warwick 31

C (0-4)     Cedars 6 v Warwick 28

D (0-4)     Cedars 19 v Warwick 25


     Lebanon Raiders

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 

Midgets (4-1)     Raiders 15, East Pennsboro Panthers 18

Ponies (0-5)        Raiders 6, East Pennsboro Panthers 16

Peewees (3-2)     Raiders 7, East Pennsboro Panthers 0

Smurfs                 Exhibition/Developmental

      • The Raiders took to the road on Sunday to play against the East Pennsboro Panthers.
      • The Raider Midgets suffered their first loss of the season in a tough battle with East Pennsboro. Although they lost, there were many big plays made, especially on the defensive end. Anthony Rivera and Alex Jones each forced fumbles and Sincere Burrus came down with an interception. Providing the offensive firepower was Nelson Richardson who had a pair of rushing touchdowns.
      • The Raider Pony squad sustained another loss, although they put up quite a fight in the losing effort.  Trae Quinones led the defense in tackles and added a sack.  Jowell Rivera rushed for a touchdown, accounting for the Raiders lone score.  The coaches feel that this group of Raiders is much better than their record.  With several games remaining, they have a chance to change their overall fortune.
      • The Raider Peewees not only played their game, but they handled their business. Patrick Fields scored on the ground to provide the scoring necessary for the win.  The team defensive effort held East Pennsboro scoreless throughout the contest.
      • The Raider Smurfs played a great game. Although they were short players, the players they did have played hard.  Their players Donovan and Grayson led the defense in tackles.  Mu’Aadh scored this team’s first touchdown of the season, taking a 40-yard run into the endzone.  This team is continuing its development.
      • Up Next: The Raiders host a showdown against the Waynesboro Stallions.


     Myerstown Panthers

Berks Area Youth Football League Age group information 

Midget (2-1)      Panthers 36 v Reading Nightmare 0

Mites (2-1)         Panthers 18 v Reading Nightmare 13

Mighty Mites (1-2)     Panthers 6 v Reading Nightmare 32

      • This past Sunday, the Panthers hosted the Reading Nightmare at Rager Field in Myerstown
      • The Panther Midgets were delayed fifty minutes at the start of the game due to lightning, but they were not delayed in scoring once the game began.  On the opening play from scrimmage, quarterback Gavin Yeiser hit paydirt on a 73-yard run.  Chandler Gass converted on the 2-point PAT to give Myerstown an early 8-0.  In honor of the rain, the Panthers opened up the floodgates and began pouring on the scoring.  An additional touchdown was scored by Yeiser, with Connor Savitsky adding two touchdowns and Chander Gass finding the endzone for an additional six.  The defense held their ground, keeping Reading off of the scoreboard.
      • The Panther Mites engaged in a tough battle with the Nightmare, but were able to grind out a win.
      • The youngest Myerstown group is the Panther Mighty Mites.  They lost this week, but are using the opportunities to develop skills that will be necessary for them to win next week and in future years.
      • Up Next: In week four action, the Panthers will travel to Schuylkill Valley.

     Northern Lebanon Vikings

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 

Midgets (2-3)     Vikings 0 @ Chambersburg Trojans 30

Ponies (3-2)        Vikings 0 @ Chambersburg Trojans 22

Peewees (1-4)     Vikings 0 @ Chambersburg Trojans 15

Smurfs                Exhibition/Developmental

      • On Sunday, the Vikings traveled to Chambersburg to take on the Trojans.
      • The Viking Smurfs started the day off and were able to gain experience in a great effort against the Trojans. Finding the end zone for the Viking’s Smurf squad were quarterback Beckett Wetzel, along with running backs Liam Robertson and Kyson Clark.
      • The Peewee, Pony, and Midget teams each had a tough week against the Trojans, as all three squads were shut out in humbling fashion. The Vikings may have struggled this week, but they are finding their way in the Federal Conference that is new to them this year.  Lessons have been learned and they are now looking forward to applying their education as they continue in the back half of the season and try to make the playoffs. The Viking players are reminded of the adage: “We either win or we learn.”
      • Up Next: The Vikings are once again on the road, as they travel on Sunday to Northern York for an afternoon battle with the Northern Polar Bears.

Luke Shireman sacks the Trojan QB during the Peewee game.

Brandon Heist, a Viking Smurf RB, exhibits focus and determination.

   Palmyra Cougars

 CFA – Liberty Conference    Age group information 

Midgets (5-0)   Cougars 28 v Susquenita Blackhawks 6

Ponies (3-2)      Cougars 26 v Susquenita Blackhawks 0

Peewees (5-0)   Cougars 33 v Susquenita Blackhawks 0

Smurfs                  Exhibition/Developmental

      • In Week 5 action, the Palmyra Youth Cougars traveled to the austere Blackhawk nest located in Susquenita and with rain soaked fur, went bird hunting.
      • The Midget Cougars forced several takeaways from the Susquenita team who had entered the day with a flawless record. The Blackhawks became the first team to score points on the 13U squad, as they put up a six spot.  They played their physical trench game that had worked against prior opponents, but was matched by the ferocious front five on the Cougar offensive side of the ball. At the midway point in the season, this was exactly the type of game the Cougars needed to settle in for the long haul.
      • The Pony Cougars roared onto the field filled with fire to improve their league standing. They commanded the field and played keep away on offense. On defense, they clawed out two pick-sixes to close the game. According to the coaches, this group seems to be hitting a groove with four games remaining in regular season play.
      • The Peewee Cougars started off with a new tactic and it paid off well. The Cougars running game was akin to carving a turkey, and plating deep, juicy cuts that make you ask for seconds. This 9U squad has no problem serving it up.
      • The Smurf Cougars went after the Blackhawks both on the ground and in the air, allowing their opponent very little room to adjust. Coming off of a physical match the previous week, the youngest Cougars wasted no time marking their territory, showing toughness from the opening kick to the final whistle.
      • With playoffs in sight for all 3 competitive squads, the Cougars need to stay focused on the present and avoid the hype beginning to bubble throughout the league on social media. Staying on the grind, on the field and in the classroom, and continuing to play solid football as a team, are the keys to future successes.
      • Up Next: Palmyra will play host to the Greenwood Buffaloes on Saturday, with games beginning at 3 pm.
  • The Smurf Cougars figure out that Blackhawks can’t swim

Photo Credit: Jeanne Hurt

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