Jr. Zebras Sweep Capital Christian; Midgets win

Jr. Midgets, PeeWees, Jr. Peewees are playoff bound
By: Greg Easter Courtesy to Gold Country Media
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It was a day of milestones for Lincoln Jr. Zebras, Saturday, at Capital Christian. The Jr. PeeWees earned a berth in the Sierra Valley USA playoffs, the Jr. Midgets went undefeated, and the Midgets broke through with their first victory. All that was left for the Jr. Midgets, as they had already secured the top seed in the playoffs, was to go undefeated – check that box – 46-6. Quarterback Eli Garcia threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth. Joseph Flores scored three times, twice on Garcia’s aerials; Jeffrey Jones caught the other TD pass. Wyatt Dornbush also rushed for a score. Although the Jr. Zebras gave up six points, it wasn’t credited to the defense. The Jr. Cougars scored on a kickoff return. Defensively, Caleb Kettlehut returned the favor by scoring on an interception return. Jr. PeeWees _ Needing a victory to make the playoffs, the Jr. PeeWees used a balanced attack to gain a 13-0 win. After no scoring in the first half, Lincoln’s Deven Coffer opened up the game on two punt returns. His first set up a 1-yard score by Grady Manley; his second set up a drive culminating in Kyle Easter’s pass to Ethan Suchomel for the final score. Running back Jacob Lemus assisted the drive by bulling his way for a 25-yard gain after shaking off an earlier neck stinger. The defense was led by Nate Labrado, Antonio Nevarez, Manley, and Lemus. Midgets _ Breaking through for a well-deserved victory were the Midgets; the oldest Jr. Zebras came home with a decisive, 28-6, win. The offensive line, Robert McKeon, Donte Walker, Eric Benjamin, Kyle Hyte, and Austin Swett opened gaping holes for Lincoln’s backs. That allowed Elijah Cunningham, Tanner Keeler, Ryan Terzich, and quarterback Daniel White to roll up 257 total yards on the ground Quarterback PJ Manley threw for 150 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Keeler took a screen pass 35 yards for a score, and Scott Trembinski was on the receiving end of a 30-yard play-action pass for six. A punt return gave the Jr. Cougars their only score of the day. The defense came up strong with Manley picking off a Capital Christian pass. Mitey Mites _ Defense was the order of the day as the Mitey Mites picked up a rare safety following a drive that stalled at the 1-yard line. Marcus Barrow got the sack, and got a lot of help on defense from brothers Devin Sherman and Dustin Sherman. The PeeWees had the day off as Capital Christian did not field a PeeWees team. Lincoln’s PeeWees have already earned a spot in the playoffs. It’s football action in Lincoln, Saturday, close out the regular season against non-league foe Valley Jr. Vikings. Games begin at 9 a.m., Lincoln High School. The Jr. Zebras will then host the first round of the SVUSA Playoffs, Oct. 29. _ Greg Easter is a Jr. Zebras’ coach