Jr. Zebras earn a split with visiting Del CampoBy: Greg Easter/Courtesy
Week eight of the Sierra Valley USA League had the Del Campo Jr. Cougars visiting the Lincoln Jr. Zebras Saturday. The host club took two of the four games and the Mighty Mites dominated once again.
After giving up their first two scores of the year last week, the 6-8-year-olds were back to form.
The defense was led by Corden Pettey’s interception and Evan Reveles’ recovered fumble.
On offense, Dylan Lusch, Jake Hamilton, Gabriel Burns and Aiden Newberry all made it into the end zone; Isaac Gomez had two touchdowns and Dakota Perry three.
The Mighty Mites games are not scored, but the division does hold a postseason bowl championship.
Coming off games against two league-leaders the last two weeks, the Jr. Zebras found things a little easier going and downed the visitors 36-0.
The Lincoln offense was both efficient and proficient, while the defense was stifling.
The defense was led by linemen Stevie Flores and Jay Johnstone, linebacker Marcus Barros and Kobe Burns and Turner Bloxsom on the wings. J.T. Willis contributed with an interception.
On offense, tandem quarterbacks Willis and Joaquin Miller both had touchdown tosses. Willis hit Devin Sherman and Miller found Jordan Wagoner in the end zone.
Rushing, the Zebras’ line pushed the Cougars back, while Ethan Rappa, Dustin Sherman, Barros and Willis picked up good yardage and pay dirt.
The win moved Lincoln into third place in search of a top seed in the playoffs.
Lincoln dominated on defense, with Malachi Nelson returning two picks for six, while Deven Brown pulled off a spectacular theft to set up another score. The Jr. Zebras went on to win 32-6.
Being firmly in control of the game, the Lincoln coaches were able to give plenty of playing time to all the players.
The running attack was led by Cole Vineyard, Cache Peach and Josiah Burke. Passing, tight end Clayton Coats hauled in a number of receptions for good gains.
Lincoln is now tied at the top of the standings with Oakmont’s Jr. Vikings, where both are a full game ahead of Antelope’s Jr. Titans.
Next week, the Zebras visit Antelope and follow that matchup playing at Oakmont the following Saturday.
It was another heartbreak-Saturday for the Jr. Zebras, as the Jr. Cougars stole away with a 19-12 win. It was Lincoln’s fourth loss by one touchdown or less.
Even with three starters out with injuries, the Zebras’ front line allowed the locals to control the first quarter. Ethan Suchomel was first to score in the game, lunging in for a 6-0 lead.
Anthony Salustro helped keep the drive alive by making a great catch of Luke Wiley’s pass on third-and-long.
Del Campo took advantage of missed coverage to score on a pass play and tie the game, just as the half ended.
In the second half, Wiley culminated a drive by sneaking in from the 1-yard line.
With a 12-6 lead, Lincoln overran a bobbled kickoff and the Jr. Cougars went the distance for a score. They added the extra point to go up 13-12.
The final score came when a block in the back was missed by the officials allowing Del Campo to add to their final margin of victory.
The Jr. Zebras’ offense was able to move the ball, but Del Campo stiffened whenever the locals got close to the goal line. That allowed the visitors to roll on to a 36-0 win.
Injuries have taken a toll on Lincoln and Saturday’s game added to it. Running back Elijah Davis suffered a broken arm just before the half. Prior to that, he and Riley Meyer had a number of receptions on passes thrown by Brennan Rozell.
The next two games will be significant, as two of the three teams involved will advance to the playoffs.
This Saturday, the Jr. Zebras will be at Antelope and the following Saturday at Oakmont.
The Mighty Mites start the day’s contests at 9 a.m., with games following at two-hour intervals. The Midgets wrap up the weekend action at 5 p.m.