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 (1-0) Falcons 35 v Hempfield 6
C (1-0) Falcons 7 v Hempfield 6
D (0-1) Falcons 0 v Hempfield 22
- The Falcons were supposed to be on the road this week, but found out the day before the game that an issue at Hempfield was forcing them to host. Parents and volunteers were scrambled to make sure everything was ready to go in time for the games to take place.
- The Falcons “B” Team had a great day in their opener, winning 35-6 over Hempfield. It was a great team effort from a lot of kids, but the running game was particularly strong. Scoring efforts were lead by Steven Reyes with four touchdowns, one touchdown by Tyler Carroll, and an extra point run in by QB Ben Danz.
- The Falcons “C” Team allowed Hempfield to score in the first quarter, but the Falcons defense dominated afterwards. The Falcons didn’t cave in. Late in the 4th quarter, Quarterback Tate Speraw snuck it in for a 1-yard Touchdown making it 6-6. Running Back Justus Padilla ran the game winning extra point to give the Falcons a 7-6 lead over the Knights.
- In a tough 22-0 loss, the Falcons “D” Team still had some great play on defense. Luke Helwig was the leading tackler on defense and on offense Cameron Wamsher and Killion Serafin earned some tough yards moving the chains late in the game. Unfortunately, the Falcons came up just short of the end zone when Wamsher’s pass fell incomplete.
- Up Next: The Falcons will host E-Town on Sunday afternoon.
Photo Credit: Rachelle Isgriggs
Lebanon Friendship Cedars
Red Rose Midget Football League Age group information
B (0-1) Cedars 0 @ Solanco 44
C (0-1) Cedars 0 @ Solanco 33
D (0-1) Cedars 13 @ Solanco 26
Northern Lebanon Vikings
CFA – Federal Conference Age group information
Midgets (1-1) Vikings 0 v East Pennsboro Panthers 38
Ponies (1-1) Vikings 26 v East Pennsboro Panthers 6
Peewees (1-1) Vikings 20 v East Pennsboro Panthers 7
- On Saturday, the Vikings played their home opener against the Panthers of East Pennsboro at the Northern Lebanon High School.
- The Midgets had a tough time against a very skilled East Pennsboro Midget squad, resulting in a 38-0 loss. Peyton Ream had a nice interception in the 1st quarter to help keep the game tight in the opening frame but the Panthers passing game proved to be the difference of the game. One bright spot for the Vikings was their run defense. The defensive front held the Panthers to 40 yards rushing.
- The Peewees were dominate and the Panthers were left without answers as the Vikings rolled 20-7. Logan Carpenter scored a rushing touchdown and had a big interception for the Vikings. QB Mason Moyer added two rushing touchdowns and completed quite a few passes to multiple receivers for the peewees.
The Smurfs started the day off with their exhibition game and showed great improvement since last week. Scoring touchdowns for the youngest Vikes were Brandon Heist and Beckett Wetzel. On defense, the Vikings were a force. Wetzel had an interception with a nice return and Emerson Foreman recovered a fumble for the Smurf squad.
The Pony team rolled to a 26-6 victory. The Vikings offensive line and team defense were the stars of this game. The offensive line of Greyson McQuaide, Eyran Bonilla, Cameron Kramer, Blayze Kimm, and Jackson Walter provided the Viking backfield clear paths all game long. Benefitting from the O-line’s efforts and scoring touchdowns for the Ponies were quarterback Markus Miller, running backs Sam Kline and Vincent Moyer, and Nolan Anspach, who caught a touchdown pass from Kline.
Up Next: Northern Lebanon will play county rival Lebanon Raiders on Saturday, September 10 at the Grantville Fire Company Fair Grounds.
RB Liam Robertson with a nice run for the Viking’s Smurf team.
Peewee QB Mason Moyer crosses the goal line for a Viking Touchdown.
CFA – Liberty Conference Age group information
Midgets (2-0) Cougars 20 v Tri-Community Panthers 0
Ponies (1-1) Cougars 12 v Tri-Community Panthers 14
Peewees (2-0) Cougars 24 v Tri-Community Panthers 0
- The PMFA Cougars hosted their first home game of the season and welcomed the Tri-Community Panthers (CD East) to Buck Swank Stadium.
- The Midget Cougars had their claws sharp for the Panthers, the team that knocked them out of the 2021 season playoffs, and played with a purpose. Their air and ground attack, while sloppy at times, was tough to stop. Defensively, their ability to contain the outside run threw the Panthers off their groove.
- The Pony Cougar game was a tit for tat for the young, developing line against a team that clearly has played together for a few years now. This squad, with back to back dogfights, are growing in resiliency each week and be a different team in the back half of the season. And one that will not forget these early two weeks.
- The Peewee Cougars had another solid week in all facets of the game. Gaining control of the ball and clock and never letting go. They were able to spread the ball around between multiple athletes on offense. Defensively, it was a different cougar making the play each snap.
- The Smurf Cougars struggled against the run on defense and couldn’t seem to get their offense in gear. The youngest of the squads is developing nicely and learning to overcome adversity and setback is a key lesson for all athletes.
- Up Next: Palmyra hosts Seven Sorrows at Buck Swank Stadium on September 10. Attending the game will be members of the Harrisburg Havoc, an all-female semi-pro team, to watch and support the three female athletes on the Midget and Pony Cougars squads.
Midget Head Coach Tim Robinson surveys the developing play
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