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Youth Football Weekly Round-Up: October 12

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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 (3-2)         Falcons 32 v Columbia Tide 23

C (2-3)          Falcons 35 v Columbia Tide 6

D (2-3-1)      Falcons 6 v Columbia Tide 20

  • On Sunday the Falcons hosted Columbia in a Pink Out game to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month.  A bake sale was held to raise funds to support the cause.
  • The Falcon “B” Team scored a hard fought win over Columbia.  This was a key victory, as the Falcons had lost their last two before heading into this contest.  Leading the way for the home team was quarterback Ben DanzJackson Smith also had a monster game, making big contributions on both sides of the ball.  Overall, Coach Tirado was pleased with the effort his team put forth and is looking forward to seeing how they do next week.
  • For the Falcon “C” Team, everything fell into place as soon as the game began.  The major strength of the offense came in the form of a running game that could not be stopped.  On defense, the Falcons matched the offensive intensity, holding Columbia to one score.  Leading the defensive effort was Nate Marley, who spent much of the game in the opposing backfield, causing much havoc for the other team.  Overall, this was a great team win.
  • The Falcon “D” Team was matched up with a Columbia team that was determined not to give up any easy yardage, let alone points.  The lone score for the Falcons was a long drive towards the end of the first half to make the score 7-6.  Throughout the second half, the Falcons attempted time after time to breakthrough, but were unable to do so.  This resulted in a tough loss and learning opportunities for this team of young athletes.
  • Up Next: The Falcons will play their final home game of the season when they host Donegal.

The Falcons clear the way for the ball carrier

Photo credit: Rachelle Isgriggs

This Falcon is photographed while flying to the end zone

Photo credit: Rachelle Isgriggs

Logo at centerfield, painted by local tattoo artist, Falcon Coach Jona Padilla


     Lebanon Friendship Cedars

Red Rose Midget Football League Age group information 

B (0-6)    Cedars 0 v Manheim Township – White 34

C (0-6)    Cedars 0 v Manheim Township – White 34

D (0-6)    Cedars 0 v Manheim Township 34


     Lebanon Raiders

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 

Midgets (5-2)     Raiders 20 v Northern Polar Bears 0

Ponies (0-7)        Raiders 0  v Northern Polar Bears 33

Peewees (5-2)     Raiders 20 v Northern Polar Bears 0

Smurfs                 Exhibition/Developmental

  • Over the weekend, the Raiders hosted the Northern Polar Bears, the York County team’s second visit to Lebanon County is as many weeks.
  • The Raider Midgets  were coming off of two straight losses, but were not going to allow that number to become three.  In this game, the defense dominated and held the Polar Bears scoreless throughout the entirety of the contest.  On offense, it was Xzavier Baker who scored three touchdowns, with two coming off of passes thrown by quarterback Sincere Burrus.  Burrus threw another touchdown pass to receiver Jovani Rivera.  While it was a collective effort, Alexander Jones had the defensive play of the day when he intercepted a pass thrown by Northern’s signal caller.
  • The Raider Pony squad continues to develop as they work through some growing pains.  Despite being down on the scoreboard, this team continued to fight until the final whistle sounded.  Bryson Miller and Jowell Rivera had some nice runs, but could not find a way to get into the end zone.  On defense, Rivera had an interception, while Amear Anderson led the team in tackles.
  • The Raider Peewee team ran their win streak to five games.  Denzel Fermin led the offense, scoring two rushing touchdowns.  On defense, Patrick Fields intercepted a pass thrown by the opposing quarterback, running it in for a Raiders’ touchdown.
  • The Raider Smurfs are continuing to develop.  This week they showed progress that the coaches felt resulted in their best game of the season.  Mu’Aadh started the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run.  Grayson added a touchdown on the next drive.  Xzayvion ran the ball well in this one. Dante and Mu’Aadh held tough on defense, leading the team in tackles.
  • Up Next: The Raiders will travel for a matchup against Chambersburg.

The Raiders running back picks up some tough yardage

This Raider battles to bring the ball down in his possession


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     Myerstown Panthers

Berks Area Youth Football League Age group information 

Midget (4-1)      Panthers 37 @ Pequea Valley Braves 8

Mites (3-2)         Panthers 34 @ Pequea Valley Braves 0

Mighty Mites (2-3)     Panthers 20 @ Pequea Valley Braves 6

  • On Sunday, the Myerstown Panthers hosted BAYFL newcomer Pequea Valley.
  • The Myerstown Midgets continued their succesful 2022 campaign, moving to 4-1 in a definitive win over the Braves.  Quarterback Gavin Yeiser scored two touchdowns with his legs.  Seeing what his quarterback was doing, running back Chandler Gass was not going to be outdone, scoring three touchdowns of his own.  The defense was strong throughout the game and gave up their first points as Pequea Valley scored with time expiring.
  • The Myerstown Mighty Mites are continuing to put into practice what they are learning.  In this one, they scored high marks on both sides of the ball, scoring 34, while holding the Braves scoreless.
  • The Myerstown Mites  added a second game to the win column for the season as they claimed a two score victory over Pequea Valley.
  • Up Next: Myerstown hosts their final home game of the season when they welcome Oley Valley into town.


     Northern Lebanon Vikings

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 

Midgets (2-5)     Vikings 12 v Waynesboro Stallions 32

Ponies (3-4)        Vikings 0 v Waynesboro Stallions 21

Peewees (3-4)     Vikings 6 v Waynesboro Stallions 0

Smurfs                Exhibition/Developmental

  • This past Saturday, the Vikings hosted the Waynesboro Stallions at the Northern Lebanon High School.
  • The Viking Midgets lost their game to the Stallions by a score of 32-12.  Despite this rough stretch of losses, this squad keeps battling and persevering. Defensively, the Vikings had a couple of big plays, getting interceptions from Jack Kleisath and Peyton Ream.  Unfortunately, the turnovers did not turn into points, as the offense could not capitalize on them in the face of tough a defense. On offense, it was the pair of running backs, Landon Copenhaver and Brady Ryan, who found the end zone for the Vikings.
  • The Viking Pony squad lost their battle with the Stallions by a score of 21-0. The Vikings played tough defensively, but were unable not get going on the offensive side of the ball. Leading the team on defense was linebacker Dante Mcfarland. Mcfarland led the team in tackles and also added fumble recovery.
  • The Viking Smurfs are continuing to show improvement each week. This week it was the defense that led the team. Roman Tentylo led the team in tackles, while the duo of Kyson Clark and Beckett Wetzel each caused fumbles, recovering each other’s forced fumbles. On offense, running back Brandon Heist had the lone touchdown for the Vikings scoring on a 65-yard touchdown scamper.
  • The Viking Peewee team improved their chances of making the playoffs by defeating the Stallions by a score of 6-0.  Defensively, it was Luke Copenhaver leading the team in tackles and then intercepting a pass to end Waynesboro’s final drive of the game. The Viking’s lone touchdown came from Logan Carpenter, who scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive. That run was set up by a 30-yard pass completion from quarterback Mason Moyer to his favorite receiver, tight end Luke Shireman. Moyer completed 8 passes on the day, with 4 of them going to Shireman.
  • Prior to the varsity games, the 8th annual Itty Bitty Bowl was played for the youngest Vikings (5U). Itty Bitty football is an exhibition level that practices weekly but do not have weekly games. The Itty Bittys end their season annually at the Itty Bitty Bowl. This year the Vikings added Itty Bitty cheerleaders to the event and these little ladies did not disappoint. They did their sideline cheers and performed a wonderful halftime routine. During the game there were many touchdowns scored and it was the closest score we have ever had in this game, but the Vikings did it again! They won with a final score of 99-98 make them the Itty Bitty Bowl champs again! 8 years in row!
  • Up Next: The Vikings will host the West Perry Mustangs on Saturday evening for their final home game of the season. During the midget game the Vikings will honor the 8th grade players that will be moving on to the high school team next year. This will also be a Gold-Out Game, raising awareness of childhood cancer.

Action from the 8th annual Itty Bitty Bowl

The midget players are always ready to assist the Itty Bittys

The Itty Bitty cheerleaders show their spirit

The smiles say it all

   Palmyra Cougars

 CFA – Liberty Conference    Age group information 

Midgets (7-0)   Cougars 34 v Good Shepard Rams 0

Ponies (5-2)     Cougars 13 v Good Shepard Rams 12

Peewees (7-0)  Cougars 20 v Good Shepard Rams 0

Smurfs               Exhibition/Developmental

  • This Past Sunday, the Palmyra Youth Cougars hosted the Good Shepherd Rams at “The Buck”.
  • The Midget Cougars took an early lead, allowing them to sit the starters, which allowed younger midgets to gain needed in-game experience. The Cougars dominated on both sides of the ball throughout the game, which resulted in them keeping their unblemished record.
  • The Pony Cougars took the Rams by the horns in what was a back and forth contest.  The tightly played game came down to an endzone, toe tapping catch late in the 4th quarter, which was followed by a successful extra point.  This gave the Cougars the win by the slimmest of margins.
  • Early on in this contest, Peewee Cougars were engaged in a back-and-forth.  As they adjusted to Good Shepard’s style, the Cougars were able to step on the gas and took control of the game permanently, resulting in a decisive win.
  • The Smurf Cougars continued their growth plan with a great showing against Good Shepherd.
  • Up Next: The Cougars will take to the road to play the Boiling Springs Bubblers.

Peewee Cougars ready to charge into the Rams
Photo Credit: Cody Beers

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