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Youth Football Weekly Round-Up: September 21, 2023

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

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     Falcon Youth Football

Red Rose Midget Football League Age group information 


@ Hempfield

B (0-3)    Hempfield 13, Cedar Crest 8

C (3-0)    Cedar Crest 14, Hempfield 6

D (0-3)   Hempfield 34, Cedar Crest 22


The Falcon “B” Team gave a great fight until the end against the Hempfield Knights. They went into half time leading 8-6 after Rory Smyth ran a sweep across the goal line.  Jaden Truss then converted on the two-point try with a big reception.  Yadriel Cruz held the D-Line, while Jowell Rivera had another interception from his safety position. Unfortunately, that lead did not hold, as Hempfield was able to overcome the tough Falcon unit by a score of 13-8.

The Falcon “C” Team stayed undefeated with another thrilling road victory.  Hempfield scored on their first drive of the game, but the mighty Falcon defense held them in check the rest of the game.  Torrance Hubbard’s 55-yard pick-six right before halftime put the Falcons on the board.  He then converted the two-point conversion from Tate Speraw to give the Falcons an 8-6 lead at the half.  The Falcons turned to the run game in the second half behind strong blocking efforts by Drayden Adams, Connor McCaully, Blake Bargsley, Nate Metzger, and Cam Wamsher.  The Falcons were able to add another score in the third quarter with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Speraw to Caden Kane to make it 14-6.  The Falcon defense would get one last stop on the Black Knights, causing time to run out on their last drive, deep in Falcon territory.

This week, it was another tough battle for the Falcon “D” Team against the Hempfield Black Knights. The Knights got off to a fast start, scoring on their first drive. After a costly Falcon fumble, Hempfield put another score on the board.  Led by another huge week by Chase Reesman, the Falcons battled back. Reesman would finish with three touchdowns on the day. TE Noah Wagner added to the offense with a big catch as well. The Falcons fought back to bring the game within one score. Unfortunately, a few big plays by Hempfield would be the deciding factor in the game with a final score of 34-22 in favor of the Knights.

Up Next:  The Falcons will host Conestoga Valley in what will be the Cedar Crest home opener.


The “B” Team is ready for another snap


The “C” Team contests ever ball


The “C” celebrates another win


Chase Reesman breaks away for 1 of his 3 scores on the day.



     Lebanon Friendship Cedars

Red Rose Midget Football League Age group information 


@ Lancaster Catholic

B (0-3)  Lancaster Catholic 33, Cedars 19

C (1-2) Cedars 13, Lancaster Catholic 6

D (0-2) Lancaster Catholic 21, Cedars 0


     Lebanon Raiders

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 


@ Waynesboro Stallions

Midgets (0-4)   Vikings 49, Raiders 0

Ponies (1-3)       Vikings 19, Raiders 0

Peewees (0-4)   Vikings 27, Raiders 0

Smurfs                Exhibition/Skill Development


Up Next: The Raiders will play the Palmyra Cougars on Saturday.


Myerstown Panthers

Berks Area Youth Football League Age group information 


v Kutztown

Midget (2-0)      Panthers 38, Kutztown 6

Mites (1-1)         Kutztown 27, Panthers 0

Mighty Mites (1-1)  Kutztown 20, Panthers 0


Myerstown squared off week 2 against Kutztown in the rain on Sunday. This is the second straight week that rain was an additional obstacle that players had to overcome while learning the game of football.

However, the weather wasn’t the only thing proven to be tough, as Myerstown’s Midget Team was unphased by the sloppy conditions and dominated both sides of the ball to win the game by a margin of 38-0.

Kutztown had better luck at the Mite and Mighty Mite level winning both contests.  The Panther Mites lost 27-0 and Panther Mighty Mites fell 20-0.

Up Next: This week the Panthers go on the road  to play against Ole Valley.



 Northern Lebanon Vikings

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 


v Lebanon Raiders

Midgets (2-1)    Vikings 49, Raiders 0

Ponies (3-0)      Vikings 19, Raiders 0

Peewees (1-2)   Vikings 27, Raiders 0

Smurfs               Exhibition/Skill Development


On Saturday the Vikings hosted the Lebanon Raiders for week 4 and it was a beautiful late summer day for football.

The Viking Midget game was all Northern Lebanon beginning with the opening snap. On the first play from scrimmage, RB Christian Spencer scored his first of 3 touchdowns on the day when he found the end zone on a 35-yard scamper. Offensively, QB Blake Burdick also had a fine day, throwing 3 touchdowns. One of those touchdown throws was to Landon Copenhaver for 35 yards and two others were to Christian Anspachfor 45 and 25 yards. Defensively, it was a great team effort shutting out the Raiders. The defensive line again was superb in this game not allowing many yards on the ground and putting a lot of pressure on the Raider QB. Copenhaver had a standout day in the secondary with 3 interceptions. Demarco Kreiser also found the end zone while on defense when he completed a scoop and score. The Vikings team walked away with a 49-0 victory.

The Viking Pony squad finished the slate of games of the day versus the Raiders with a 19-0 victory.  Offensively, Sam Kline and Luke Bennethum scored on touchdown runs and Nolan Anspach hit Markus Miller on a pass that scored the 3rd Viking touchdown.  The entire Viking defense was outstanding in the shutout win.  Anspach snatched an interception and not many yards could be had against this defense. After the game Coach Dave Kline gave the majority of the credit to the offensive and defensive lineman for the victory. He mentioned a contest that he is having for the offensive lineman, with the winner being Greyson McQuaide with 7 pancake blocks on the day.

The Northern Lebanon Peewees earned their first victory of the season by a score of 27-0 against the Raiders. On offense, QB Beckett Wetzel had 2 touchdown runs of 1 and 15 yards. He also threw a touchdown pass to Lucas Hart. Hart also scored on the ground with a 40-yard run to the end zone.  Defensively it was the Braiden Harris show. Harris had many tackles, including 2 sacks and a forced fumble.

The Viking Smurf team started the day for the Vikings and as always was a very competitive game. The young Vikings were able to find the end zone with touchdown runs by Brantley Bennethum and Gable Monk. On defense the play of Liam Stoner stood out as he made a lot of tackles from the Defensive Tackle position.

Up Next: The Vikings are looking forward to cheering for the NL varsity team on Friday night as it is Youth Night at the High School. Their next games are on Sunday afternoon when they make the long trek to Waynesboro to battle with the Stallions. 


#3 Brantley Bennethum runs for a touchdown while teammate, #6 Lennox Perez celebrates the team’s score.


Pony player, Markus Miller takes it in for a Viking touchdown.


Landon Graby makes a tackle for the Viking Midget squad.


Peewee player, Lucas Hart carries it for the Vikings.

Photo Credit: Susan Dengler


Palmyra Cougars

 CFA – Federal Conference    Age group information 


v Waynesboro Stallions

Midgets (3-0)    Cougars 7, Waynesboro 0

Ponies  (3-0)      Cougars 6, Waynesboro 0

Peewees (2-1)    Cougars 27, Waynesboro 0

Smurfs               Exhibition/Skill Development

Up Next:  Palmyra will look to continue their winning ways on Saturday when play the Lebanon Raiders.

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