The Lebanon County Youth Football Weekly Round-Up is proudly presented by TJT Sports, 2022 Best of the Lebanon Valley Award Winner.
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 (5-2) Falcons 21 @ Conestoga Valley Bucks 12
C (3-4) Falcons 12 @ Conestoga Valley Bucks 13
D (2-5-1) Falcons 6 @ Conestoga Valley Bucks 29
- On Saturday, the Falcons made a road trip to visit the Conestoga Valley Bucks.
- Taking advantage of a fast start by the offense, the Falcon “B” Team was able to find the end zone on multiple occasions. Feeding off that energy, the defense stepped up and held the Bucks in check. This was a key victory for the Falcons, as it earned them a spot in the Red Rose Playoffs.
- The Falcon “C” Team fought hard, but lost a tight contest to the Bucks.
- The young Falcon “D” Team took the field against a very tough Conestoga Valley squad. The typically slow starting Falcons dug themselves a 21-0 hole by halftime. Again, they came out of halftime a completely different team and almost immediately benefitted from a 45-yard touchdown scamper by Boston Speece. While that was the only time that the Falcons broke the goal line, the defense also played much better in the second half. Leading the defensive effort was Chase Reesman, who made a season-high 7 tackles. In the end, there was much to be happy about for the Falcons, but the home team just proved too much for them to put a tally into the win column.
- Up Next: The Falcons will finish up the regular season on Sunday as they travel to Eastern York.
Photo Credits: Rachelle Isgriggs
Lebanon Friendship Cedars
Red Rose Midget Football League Age group information
B (0-8) Cedars 13 v Solanco Mules 40
C (0-8) Cedars 12 v Solanco Mules 43
D (0-8) Cedars 0 v Solanco Mules 26
CFA – Federal Conference Age group information
Midgets (5-4) Raiders 6 v Middletown Blue Raiders 28
Ponies (0-9) Raiders 0 v Middletown Blue Raiders 20
Peewees (5-4) Raiders 0 v Middletown Blue Raiders 13
- The Raiders hosted the Middletown Blue Raiders in this week’s action.
- The Lebanon Raider Midgets lost in the battle of the Raiders. Throuhout the season, this team dealt with injuries, yet kept playing hard. Despite losing this week to Middletown, they will get another chance to show their grit, as they are matched up against them next week in the 1st round of the playoffs.
- The Raider Pony squad lost the game, but showed promise for the future. Mcdade Burrus and Jowell Rivera had several nice runs. Trae Quinones led the defense, with several big plays. With this loss, their season officially ended. It did not go as well as they had hoped, but the players showed fight throughout the season.
- In one of the toughest matchups of the season for the Raider Peewees, Middletown was able to get the upper hand. For the Raiders, it was Rayjon Hunter who led the team in tackles, including several stops on fourth down. This group will now prepare for their next game, a 1st round playoff matchup with West Perry.
- The Raider Smurfs finished on a high note, with a lot of intensity. Leading the way was Mu’adh, scoring two touchdowns. On defense, the team had many tackles. Next up, they will compete in the CFA Smurf Bowl.
- Up Next: The playoffs begin in the CFA, with the Midgets and Peewees both qualifying. The Smurfs will compete in the Smurf Bowl.
Berks Area Youth Football League Age group information
Midget (5-1) Panthers 2 @ Conrad Weiser 0
Mites (3-3) Panthers 28 @ Conrad Weiser 12
Mighty Mites (2-4) Panthers 12 @ Conrad Weiser 6
- In Week 7 action, Myerstown headed east to Robesonia to play Conrad Weiser under the lights on Saturday night.
- The Myerstown Panther Midget Team notched a victory via forfeit, as the Scouts had multiple injuries from weeks prior and could not field a team. This was bittersweet, as many of the players had looked forward to playing under the lights. As the #2 seed in the South Division, the Panthers will play Schuylkill Valley in the BAYFL semifinals.
- The Myerstown Mites sealed a convincing win over Weiser. They were led by a superb performance by running back Saberial Remlinger. As the #2 seed in the South Division, the Panthers will play Oley Valley in the BAYFL semifinals.
- The Myerstown Mighty Mites came out on top of a close contest with the Panthers winning 12-6. As the #1 seed in the South Division, the Panthers will play Schuylkill Valley in the BAYFL semifinals.
- With another full slate of victories this week, all three of the Panther tackle football teams qualified for the BAYFL Semifinals. Each game will be held at Pequea Valley on Sunday, October 30th. The times of the games are as follows: Mighty Mites – 10:30 am; Mites – 3:00 pm; Midgets – 6:00 pm.
Northern Lebanon Vikings
CFA – Federal Conference Age group information
Midgets (2-7) Vikings 12 @ Lower Dauphin Falcons 30
Ponies (3-6) Vikings 12 @ Lower Dauphin Falcons 21
Peewees (4-5) Vikings 0 @ Lower Dauphin Falcons 7
- This week the Northern Lebanon Vikings traveled to Lower Dauphin to take on the Falcons for their final regular season games. Each team entered the final week needing wins to ensure a playoff spot.
- The Viking Midgets saw their season come to a close with 30-12 loss to the Falcons. The scoring for the Vikings came off of two touchdown runs by Brady Ryan. Defensively, Landon Graby forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery, along with many tackles for the Viking defense. This young squad may have been humbled a bit this season but it has improved all season long and is looking forward to putting in some offseason work to return back stronger next season.
- In the most entertaining game of the day the Viking Pony team lost a one-score heartbreaker to Lower Dauphin. After recovering an onside kick to start the game, the Falcons scored on the opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. Just before the end of the first quarter, Jonathon Zimmerman had a touchdown run and extra point to tie the game. Lower Dauphin struck next and were about to score again to make it a two touchdown game, but Braden Demler had other ideas and picked off a pass at the goal line to end the threat. In the third quarter, Vincent Moyer scored on a 15-yard touchdown run, which tied the game at 14. Justin Bennethum then recovered a fumble, adding to the momentum for the Vikings. Lower Dauphin withstood the Viking efforts and were able to breakthrough with a touchdown halfway through the final frame. Northern Lebanon came close to sending it to overtime, but could not get into the end zone. This 21-14 loss ended the season for the Viking Pony squad.
- In another defensive battle the Viking Peewees team earned shutout victory, which in turn earned them a postseason berth. Tied scoreless for most of the game, It was running back Luke Copenhaver who broke a 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give the Vikes what they needed to win. A pass from quarterback Mason Moyer to Coy Crane was completed to add the extra point. Lower Dauphin looked like they might tie the game at the end of the game, but again the Viking defense stepped up, this time in the form of a Titus Feagley interception near the goal line to give get the ball back. The Vikings then ran out the clock. The Vikings just made it into the playoffs, earning the 7th seed in a field of 8. With six games this season decided by one score, the playoff tournament is wide open and the Vikings are looking to make some noise. As the Phillies have shown, all you need to do is make it into the playoffs.
- The Viking Smurfs put on quite a show at Lower Dauphin this week. In a hard-hitting battle, with the Vikings being able to score several touchdowns. The scores came off off of runs by Emerson Foreman, Ashton Graby, Kyson Clark, Brandon Heist, and Liam Robertson. Robertson was also the Defensive Player of the Game, making multiple tackles for losses and recovering a fumble. The Smurf team is now preparing for the CFA Smurf Bowl. The Smurf Bowl is season ending competitive tournament and celebration for the league’s youngest players.
- Looking ahead the Peewees will play the #2-seeded Chambersburg Trojans at Red Land on Saturday morning (10:30AM) in the 1st round of playoffs. The Smurf team will travel to Big Spring High School to battle in the Federal Conference Smurf Bowl on Saturday (2:00 pm).
Luke Copenhaver flies into Coach Wetzel’s arms to celebrate after scoring the go-ahead touchdown for the Peewees
Brady Ryan with a stiff arm during one of his two touchdown runs
CFA – Liberty Conference Age group information
Midgets (8-1) Cougars 0 v Hershey Trojans 25
Ponies (7-2) Cougars 12 v Hershey Trojans 6
Peewees (9-0) Cougars 6 v Hershey Trojans 0
- The Palmyra Youth Cougars welcomed the Hershey Trojans to the Buck. While the Trojans won a battle, it was the Cougars that won the day.
- The Midget Cougars played against a talented Trojan team. The 13U Cougars special teams proved to be their Achilles heel this game. Even though the final game of the season was a loss, the Midget Cougars still earned a second-place seed for the CFA Playoffs.
- The Pony Cougars engaged in a back-and-forth battle with the Trojans. The defensive war raged the entire game, but the 11U squad held strong. There was not a Trojan Horse deployed in this game and Palmyra held on for the win. This victory earned them a third-place seed for the playoffs.
- The Peewee Cougars experienced a great on-field contest. The Trojans tested the 9U team on all facets, but the young Cougars withstood the storm and came out victorious. The Peewee Cougars maintained their unblemished record and earned a first-place seed in the playoffs.
- The Smurf Cougars were not fooled by the Trojans. The 7U squad were in charge and stayed in charge. The Smurfs are set to end their season on a high note as they roll into the Smurf Bowl with great seeding.
- All three competitive teams for Palmyra Youth Football earned spots in the playoffs. The games will be held at Buck Swank Stadium on October 29th and 30th. The Midgets and Ponies will play Boiling Spring on Saturday (4:30 pm & 6:00 pm). The Peewees will host Greenwood on Sunday (10:30 am). The Smurfs will travel to Big Spring to play in the Smurf Bowl.
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