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Youth Football Weekly Round-Up: October 5, 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 


v Penn Manor

B (1-4)    Cedar Crest 18, Penn Manor 0

C (5-0)    Cedar Crest 22, Penn Manor 18

D (2-3)   Cedar Crest 13,  Penn Manor 6


The Falcon “B” Team put together a breakthrough performance that resulted in their first victory of the season.  Jewelz Hernandez had a huge day carrying the offense to a tune of three rushing touchdowns.  Jaden Truss and Rory Smyth also ran hard for the Falcons and had some big runs of their own behind effective blocking from the offensive line.  On the defensive side of the ball, the Falcons gave a total team effort.  This victory, which was the result of hard work, led the Falcon sweep.

Last week the Falcon “C” Team’s ground game was on display in the sloppy, wet conditions in Cornwall.  This week, versus Penn Manor, the beautiful weather brought out the air show, as all three Falcon touchdowns came on passes.  Tate Speraw connected with Torrance Hubbard on two touchdowns and added another one with Caden Kane on the receiving end.  The Falcons jumped out to a 22-6 lead in the first half, but the Comets fought back to 22-18 in the fourth quarter.  The defense, with huge efforts from Gianni Rodriguez and Kamar Johnson, stepped up again and stopped them on downs late in the fourth quarter to keep the undefeated record intact.

The Falcon “D” Team kept the train rolling against Penn Manor.  The defense was not to be messed with, giving up only six points that came off of one fluke play.  The ferocious tackling was led by Mason Kleinfelter, Chase Reesman, Cash Shaffer, and Noah Wagner. The defensive backfield stepped up huge with Alex Harter’s interception and Nate Bomgardner’s big pass deflection. Offensive scoring came from Reesman and Harter.

Up Next:  The season continues on Sunday when the Falcons will welcome the teams from Columbia.


The Falcon “B” Team celebrates their 1st victory


QB Tate Speraw led the “C” team’s air raid


Another big play for the Falcon “C” squad


Hard running made it a long day for Penn Manor


     Lebanon Friendship Cedars

Red Rose Midget Football League Age group information 

v Elizabethtown B

B (1-3)      Lebanon 19, E-Town B 6

C (2-2)      Lebanon 6, E-Town B 0

D (0-4)     E-Town B 7, Lebanon 0

Up Next: Lebanon will play against Manheim Township Blue.


      Lebanon Raiders

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 


Bye Week

Midgets (0-5)    Bye

Ponies (1-4)       Bye

Peewees (0-5)   Bye

Smurfs                Exhibition/Skill Development


The Raiders were on a Bye Week in Week 6 of the CFA season.

Up Next: Next up for the Raiders is are the Swatara Tigers at their place on Sunday afternoon.


     Myerstown Panthers

Berks Area Youth Football League Age group information 


v Hamburg

Midget (3-1)      Panthers 26, Hamburg 0

Mites (1-3)         Hamburg 25, Panthers 0

Mighty Mites (2-1-1)  Panthers 0, Hamburg 0


Sunday was a big day, as Myerstown played on the ELCO High School field for the first time in the 65 year history of the Panthers.

The Panther Midgets played very well and overwhelmed the Hawks using a power running game and a smothering defense to win the contest 26-0.

The Myerstown Mites fought hard, but could not do what was necessary to slow down Hamburg.

The Myerstown Mighty Mites fought a tough defensive battle, as the game remained between the 20-yard lines all afternoon.  The contest ended in a 0-0 tie.

Up Next: The Panthers will have a bye week before returning to action on October 15th when they will play Schuylkill Valley.



      Northern Lebanon Vikings

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 


v Chambersburg Trojans

Midgets (3-2)    Trojans 38, Vikings 0

Ponies (5-0)      Vikings 18, Trojans 14

Peewees (2-3)   Trojans 20, Vikings 13

Smurfs               Exhibition/Skill Development


This past Saturday, the NLMFA had the pleasure and task of hosting the Chambersburg Trojans for three JV games and four varsity games. The morning JV games were very competitive and the Vikings were able to take two of the three JV games. For the varsity squads these were three key midseason games with playoff implications as all three matchups featured teams with equal or very similar records.

The Northern Lebanon Midget squad was humbled by a bigger and stronger Trojan team by a score of 38-0. Although the score was lopsided, the Vikings played tough and didn’t back down from the Chambersburg team.

The Viking Pony team played the last game of the evening and went into the night’s finale with a little bit of a chip on their shoulders and were ready for a challenge. The Viking’s 5th and 6th grade team were victorious by a score of 18-14 keeping their record unblemished. Luke Bennethum scored the Vikings 1st touchdown on a 5-yard TD run that was setup by a 30-yard pass from Sam Kline to Nolan Anspach. In the 2nd quarter, an Anspach interception in the endzone ended a Chambersburg threat. On the ensuing drive Kline was able to score on a 13-yard TD run with :39 seconds remaining in the half, giving the Vikings a 12-6 lead at the half. In the 4th quarter Bennethum again found the endzone on a 10-yard TD run up the middle behind the impressive offensive line of the Vikings, giving them a commanding 18-6 lead. A late Chambersburg touchdown and a two-point kick conversion made it a four-point game, but after fielding the Trojan’s onside kick attempt, the Vikings were able to run out the clock and remain undefeated against their toughest opponent to date.

The Northern Lebanon Peewees played a very competitive and entertaining game. Unfortunately for the Vikings they fell to the Trojans by a score of 20-13. In the first half, Lucas Hart opened the scoring in the game by breaking off an impressive 50-yard TD run. He would score again in the 2nd quarter on a 25-yard TD run. Hart would rush for over 100 yards in the 1st half. After giving up a TD in the first quarter, the Viking defense stood tall the rest of the 1st half. Luke Shireman recovered a fumble to end one drive deep in Viking territory and the defensive unit stopped a Trojan threat to end the 1st half holding a lead of 13-7. Unfortunately for the Vikings, the 2nd half did not go as well as the 1st half. On the 1st play from scrimmage, the Trojans scored on a 50-yard TD run and with the extra point took the lead 14-13. Another score later would give Chambersburg a 20-13 lead. The Viking defense did stop the Trojans in the 4th quarter, giving the Vikings hope for a comeback, but the 2nd half adjustments made by the Trojans were too much for the Peewee team to overcome.

The young Viking Smurf team struggled with the much bigger Chambersburg squad. Although they were not able to find the endzone, Grady Wiest had a few nice runs. Hudson Royer and Shane Balmer also carried the ball well for the Viking team.  Defensively, Lennox Perez had a nice game leading the team in tackles.

Up NextThe Vikings will travel to Steelton for a Sunday battle with the Li’l Rollers.



The offensive line of the Pony team is an impressive unit to watch.


Sam Kline breaks free on one of his many great runs of the night.


Takeover… NO WAY!!! was the the mantra of the Pony team this week.


The Viking cheerleaders have spirit!

Photos by Susan Dengler


 Palmyra Cougars

      CFA – Federal Conference    Age group information 


v Steelton Lil Rollers

Midgets (5-0)    Cougars 38, Rollers 13

Ponies  (4-1)      Rollers 26, Cougars 0

Peewees (4-1)    Cougars 12, Roller 0

Smurfs               Exhibition/Skill Development

This past Sunday your Palmyra Youth Football Cougars took the gridiron against the Lil Rollers from Steelton at Buck Swank Stadium.

The Midget Cougars played a sloppy game in the first half. After some key adjustments at halftime, the 13U Cougars started to play like the team we all know and love. Currently tied for 1st with West Perry in the Federal Conference, this Midget team, if they stay true to who they are for the remaining the games, have an extended season ahead of them.

The Pony Cougars dropped a rough one to Steelton. The 11U team was struggling to find their footing in the high grass of Buck Swank Stadium and never really established their usual splash attack strong run game. Currently in 3rd place in the Federal Conference, this Pony team can also make a run for the playoffs if they focus in on the rest of the schedule.

The Peewee Cougars are finding their groove, after their earlier loss to Swatara. The 9U team looked well-conditioned and like they could’ve played another game after they left the field against Steelton. Currently tied for 3rd with Red Land in the Federal Conference, this team can set themselves up for good seeding in the playoffs with some high end wins the latter 3rd of the season.

The Smurf Cougars got their fur flustered by a scrappy Lil Rollers team. The 7U squad showed their age, as a young team (many 1st year players), against a Steelton squad that has size and experience on their side.

Up Next:  Palmyra will hit the road on Sunday to take on the Northern York Polar Bears.  The action will begin at 11 am.

The Pony kicker, Hayden Blouch #11, set to kick it off deep to open the game!

Photo Credit: Vanessa Riegle 

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