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Youth Football Weekly Round-Up: November 3, 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 Garden Spot

B (4-5)   Garden Spot , Cedar Crest

C (9-0)    Cedar Crest 51, Garden Spot 41

D (4-5)    Cedar Crest 39, Garden Spot 0


The Falcon “B” Team celebrated “senior” night, as well as the last game of the regular season, playing under the lights at Earl Boltz Stadium (Home of the Cedar Crest Falcons).  This is exactly the big stage that the boys wanted. While it wasn’t the outcome that the Falcons wanted, the boys had fun and everyone got an opportunity to play, keeping some of our seniors fresh for playoffs.  From the beginning of the season until now, this team has had a major turnaround and the coaches have enjoyed watching them play and learning every day, while having fun. 

The Falcon “C” Team completed a 9-0 regular season with a wild win over Garden Spot that included plenty of offense.  The scoring in the 51-41 win started with quarterback Tate Speraw finding Greg Harris on a 44-yard touchdown pass.  From there, there was an avalanche of scoring.  Torrence Hubbard accounted for two touchdowns, a 25-yard run and a 53-yard reception thrown by SperawSperaw also found Harris again on a 62-yard touchdown pass, while Harris added a 3rd touchdown on a 33-yard run.  Kyler Fees was the recipient of Speraw’s 4th touchdown pass of the day.  Jojo Malandra broke a 57-yard run as part of the offensive explosion.  On defense, Cooper Stellar had an interception.  The Falcons held at least a 10-point lead the entire game, giving the opportunity for the coaches to play everyone.

 The Falcon “D” Team ended the season Sunday on a high note, dominating Garden Spot in a 39-0 victory. The offense put on a show, both through the air and on the ground, behind great line blocking by Tyler Seidel, Jaxson Roof, Boston Speece, Oliver Moore, and Max Burdge. Boston Speece and Chase Reesman provided their own version of “thunder and lightning” with huge days on the ground. Mason Kleinfelter threw the ball all over the yard, connecting with Noah Wagner with a couple of big plays, including a long touchdown. Chase Pedrick added to the parade with two catches, one for a two-point conversion.  The defense was unstoppable the whole game. Cash Shaffer intercepted a pass at the end of the game to seal the shutout victory.

Up Next: On Sunday, the  “C” Team will travel to Manheim Central where they will open the playoffs against Ephrata.



      Lebanon Friendship Cedars

Red Rose Midget Football League Age group information 

B (2-5)      Manheim Township over Lebanon

C (3-4)      Manheim Township 12, Lebanon 0

D (2-4-1)  Lebanon over Penn Manor


The Cedars split their squads with the “B” and “C” teams playing Manheim Township and the “D” team matching up against Penn Manor.

 The Cedar “B” Team started off strong with back-to-back scoring drives, led by Jesus Adorno Lopez pulling out all of the stops to keep them in the game. In the end Manheim Township’s defense proved to be a tough matchup and held the Cedars scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Cedars held strong and fought to the final buzzer.

 The Cedar “C” Team was looking to avenge a 45-0 Week One loss to Township, but came up just a bit short.  Despite the loss, they were able to hold the highly vaunted Manheim Township offense to just 12 points. The offensive effort for the Cedars was led by an effective running behind quarterback Grayson Painter and running back Jae Crespo.  With their efforts, the chains kept moving even though they were unable to break the goal line.  Defensively, the Cedars were led by Jaydin Sisco, who was all over the place doing his absolute best to keep the Blue Streaks from gaining yards.  Outside of two long runs by the Manheim Township running back, this defense really did a fantastic job.  The Cedars won the time of possession game and really played their hearts out in this one.  While they didn’t win in terms of the scoreboard, Lebanon noticed a moral victory that allowed these young men to walk off the field with their heads held high.

 The Cedar “D” Team took on Penn Manor.  This team came out victorious behind the stellar play of Ethaniel Hernandez.  Hernandez scored all of Lebanon’s points with two long touchdown runs and a “walk-off” Pick 6 with the clock running out on the play.


Senior Day Promo

Taken from Falcon Youth Football Facebook Page


      Lebanon Raiders

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 

Midgets (1-7)    No Game

Ponies (2-6)       No Game

Peewees (1-7)    No Game

Smurfs                No Game

      Myerstown Panthers

Berks Area Youth Football League Age group information 

Midget (5-2)      Myerstown 19, Schuylkill Valley 18

Mites (1-5)         Fleetwood 16, Myerstown 0

Mighty Mites (2-2-1)  No Game


The Myerstown Midgets defeated Schuylkill Valley in a close, 19-18 game.  This was a different outcome than the 12-6 game that Schuylkill Valley won a few weeks ago.  With the win, the Panthers earned their spot in the BAYFL League Championship game.  

The Myerstown Mites lost to Fleetwood, 16-0, in a consolation game played on Saturday.  This concluded their season.

Up Next: The Myerstown Mites will play Oley Valley this Sunday at 5:45pm at Hamburg High School. Myerstown lost to Oley Valley earlier in the year 19-18 in a deluge of rain.



      Northern Lebanon Vikings

CFA – Federal Conference Age group information 

Federal Conference Playoffs – 1st Round

Midgets (6-3)    Northern 14, Vikings 6

Ponies (8-1)       Steelton 7, Vikings 6

Peewees (3-6)   Swatara 39, Vikings 6

Smurfs               Smurf Bowl


The Viking Smurfs traveled to Big Spring on Sunday afternoon to conclude their season at the annual CFA Smurf Bowl. The Vikings lost their opening round game, 2 scores to 1, in a triple OT thriller. Grady Wiest scored the lone touchdown for the Vikings. Their day ended with a loss to the Palmyra Cougars in the consolation round. Although they weren’t able to get a win the Vikings had a great day.

Losses for the Midgets, Ponies, and Peewees ended Northern Lebanon’s season.


Smurf Bowl 2023



Palmyra Cougars

      CFA – Federal Conference    Age group information 

Federal Conference Playoffs – 1st Round

Midgets (5-4)    Red Land 22, Palmyra 0

Ponies  (6-3)      Palmyra 7, Red Land 0

Peewees (6-3)    Northern 26, Palmyra 6

Smurfs               No Game

Up Next: The Ponies advanced to the Federal Conference semifinals where they will play Chambersburg on Sunday.


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