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Youth Football Weekly Round-Up: October 19

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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 (4-2)         Falcons 39 v Donegal Braves 14

C (3-3)          Falcons 28 v Donegal Braves 6

D (2-4-1)      Falcons 6 v Donegal Braves 19

  • On Sunday, the Falcons hosted the Donegal Braves.  This game served as the last home game for many Falcons who will be too old to compete in youth football next year.  Prior to the game, these twenty-two senior players were honored.
  • This game served as the last home game for the 12 year olds on the Falcon “B” Team.  The players did not miss their opportunity to shine on Falcon field one more time.  Building a comfortable lead, the coaching staff was able to give everyone a significant amount of playing time.  In doing so, it also provided the chance to give many starters a chance to rest.  Having fresh players will aid the Falcons as they make a push towards the playoffs.
  • The Falcon “C” Team found themselves facing an early deficit, when the Braves scored on the first drive of the game.  However, this would be all of the celebration that Donegal would be granted.  On the ensuing kickoff, Terrence Hubbard took it all the way to the house. Hubbard was not done, as he terrorized the Braves throughout the game, scoring three more times.  While there was the main scorer, this was considered a team win.  Notably, the offensive line opened up opportunities for the offense to run and threw at will.  The defense also played tough all game long and limited Donegal’s opportunities.  The coaching staff feels that this team is clicking really well, with the kids calling the effort “all gas and no brakes”.
  • The Falcon “D” Team got off to a slow start, falling behind 19-0 by halftime.  There was concern that this game would get really ugly, but the team was able to use the halftime break to regroup.  In the second half, the Falcons looked like a completed different team.  The lone score came early in the third quarter, when quarterback Cameron Washer connected with Amarion Padilla on a 45-yard score.  This energy helped to spark the defense, who dug in and began forcing turnovers.  At one point, the Falcons were 5 yards away from making this a one score game, which was incomprehensible with how the first half had developed.  The Falcons showed heart and determination throughout this game, which they will bring to the field next week.
  • Up Next: The Falcons make a Saturday trip to Conestoga Valley.


The Falcons honored these players and cheerleaders in their last home game




     Lebanon Friendship Cedars

Red Rose Midget Football League Age group information 

B (0-7)    Cedars 6 v Mountville 38

C (0-7)    Cedars 0 v Mountville 42

D (0-7)    Cedars 6 v Mountville 32


     Lebanon Raiders

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 

Midgets (5-3)     Raiders 0 v Chambersburg Trojans 6

Ponies (0-8)        Raiders 0  v Chambersburg Trojans 33

Peewees (5-3)     Raiders 12 v Chambersburg Trojans 13

Smurfs                 Exhibition/Developmental

  • The Raiders traveled to Chambersburg for a match-up with the Trojans.
  • The Raider Midgets worked hard against the Trojans, but lost in a low scoring affair.  The defensive effort was an indication that this Lebanon squad has continued to gel as a unit.
  • The Raider Pony squad took a loss, but showed that they are continue to develop key skills.  They also showed tenacity, fighting until the end.  McDade Burrus and Jowell Rivera ran the ball very well, which provides great hope for what the Raiders will be able to do in the future.
  • The Raider Peewees lost in an overtime thriller.  Though they lost, there were several big plays that put them in this position.  Patrick Fields had a 60-yard run in regulation and scored a touchdown in overtime.  Fields and teammate Rajon Hunter led the Raiders defense in tackles.
  • The Raider Smurfs engaged in a 7v7 in what turned into a very fun game.  Mu’Aadth had three touchdowns on the day, with Grayson adding two.  Xzayvian Baker had his first touchdown of the season.  This team has played better each week.
  • Up Next: The Raiders will host a showdown with the Middletown Blue Raiders.

McDade Burrus racks up some YAC (yards after catch)

Xzavier Baker breaks a tackle

Xzayvion Baker rushes for a 20-yard gain


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     Myerstown Panthers

Berks Area Youth Football League Age group information 

Midget (5-1)      Panthers 40 @ Oley Valley 24

Mites (3-3)         Panthers 12 @ Oley Valley 30

Mighty Mites (2-4)     Panthers 6 @ Oley Valley 12

  • In week 6 action, the Panthers hosted Oley Valley in what was Myerstown’s last home game of the season.
  • The Myerstown Midgets were able to find success on the offensive end throughout this contest.  Early on in this one, the Panthers scored on a 4 play, 66-yard drive that was completed when quarterback Gavin Yeiser ran the ball 14 yards into the end zone.  The scoring continued, while the defense kept Oley Valley off the scoreboard.  Oley Valley was able to breakthrough, scoring in the third quarter and then adding two more touchdowns in the final frame.  The Panthers were able to hold on to once again defend their home turf.
  • The Myerstown Mites lost to undefeated Oley Valley.
  • The Mighty Mites engaged in a contest that would be best described as a grind, with Oley Valley getting just enough to push past the Panthers.
  • Up Next: On Saturday night, Myerstown will close out the regular season under the lights at Conrad Weiser High School as they battle against the Scouts.


     Northern Lebanon Vikings

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 

Midgets (2-6)     Vikings 24 v West Perry Mustangs 52

Ponies (3-5)        Vikings 6 v West Perry Mustangs 27

Peewees (3-5)     Vikings 0 v West Perry Mustangs 7

Smurfs                Exhibition/Developmental

  • On Saturday, the Vikings hosted their final home-stand of the season, welcoming the West Perry Mustangs to Lebanon County.
  • The day included two special purposes. Prior to the midget game, the 8th grade players that will be moving on to the high school team next season were honored. Before the pony game, Vikings held a brief ceremony for midget player Chase Kemberling and his family to spread awareness of childhood cancer. The day was themed as a “Gold Out” to pay tribute to this effort.
  • The Viking Midgets were handed a tough loss by the Mustangs.  Scoring 52, West Perry asserted their will on the offensive end, but Jaxin Bush did provide a highlight when he recovered a fumble to slow down the onslaught.  The Vikings were not without some offense of their own, scoring four touchdowns.  Two of the scores came via the air, with the passes being caught by Brady Ryan (45 yards) and Bryce Yocum (55 yards).  Ryan would go on to add another score when he became a human joystick, returning a kickoff the whole way.  Landon Copenhaver also rushed for a 64-yard touchdown.
  • The Viking Pony team did not have an answer to the three-headed monster that West Perry was able to deploy in this game.  A bright spot for the Vikings came courtesy of a 40-yeard touchdown run by Braden Demler.
  • The Viking Peewees were on the losing end of another heartbreaker.  The Mustangs scored on the opening kickoff, in what would be the only score of the game.  The Vikings held their ground defensively, but the offense could not get the ball across the goal line.
  • The Viking Smurfs continued to show a fine level of progress.  Defensively, Grady West has a fumble recovery.  On offense, touchdowns were scored by Gable Monk, Liam Robertson, and Kyson Clark.
  • In additional action, the JV midget and pony squads traveled to Cumberland Valley to participate in the CFA’s JV Jamboree.  This was a double-elimination format, with each game being a best of three possession format.  The JV Viking Midgets finished 4-2, which placed them 3rd.  There were led by quarterback Azir Mcadoo and wide receiver Julian “JJ” Rivera.  On the defensive end the team was solid, while Johnny Hilton added an interception as part of the team effort.  The JV Viking Pony team finished 2-2.  Turning heads offensively were wide receivers Ty Martin and Micah Shilling.  The defense forced several turnovers with Liam Day and Justin Bennethum each recovering a fumble and Ty Martin snagging an interception.
  • Up Next: The Vikings will head to Lower Dauphin on Saturday in what will mark the final week of the regular season.


Bryce Yocum takes into the end zone for a Viking touchdown


The Pony coaches get the JV team fired up at the CFA JV Jamboree


Luke Bennethum carries the ball for the Vikings’ pony team in the JV Jamboree


   Palmyra Cougars

 CFA – Liberty Conference    Age group information 

Midgets (8-0)  Cougars 34 v Boiling Springs Bubblers 0

Ponies (6-2)    Cougars 20 v Boiling Springs Bubblers 0

Peewees (8-0) Cougars 28 v Boiling Springs Bubblers 0

Smurfs               Exhibition/Developmental

  • The Palmyra Youth Cougars traveled to Boiling Springs this past Sunday to put a lid on the Bubblers.
  • The Midget Cougars played against a competitive Bubbler squad. The 13U Cougars executed early in the battle and did not let off. Bubblers fought hard all-around game.
  • The Pony Cougars went into Bubbler territory looking to keep their win streak alive. The offense ran and threw their way to three scores, along with a stifling defense the Cougars won the road test, while posting a shutout.
  • The Peewee Cougars got it done in the air and on the ground this past Sunday. The 9U Cougars came out and scored on the first play from scrimmage and never look back. The defense come up big this week as well with two takeaways. This was another great team win on both sides of the ball.
  • The Smurf Cougars seemed to struggle in the first half of the game with a lack of focus. The second half they came out with a renewed focus putting together three scoring drives with precision and determination. These young athletes are turning into a very good squad and the future looks bright for the Palmyra Cougars.
  • Up Next: Palmyra will host their neighbors, the Hershey Trojans at home on Saturday for 8th grade recognition night.


Pony Cougars in a post-game huddle
Photo Credit: Sherri Good

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