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Middletown, Seven Sorrows youth football ready for playoffs

29 Cyrus Villarrial Smurfs tonedContributed photo -- No. 29 Cyrus Villarrial takes off for the Middletown Smurfs team on Saturday vs. Steelton.

Steelton at Middletown

It was Parents Day on Saturday. The Smurfs played well and finished out the regular season with solid play from the whole team. They will compete in the Smurf Bowl tournament on Oct. 29.

Boiling Springs 25,
Seven Sorrows 12

The Eagles entered the game with a 6-1 record and looking to upset the undefeated Bubblers and steal the top seed in the upcoming CFA playoffs.

After an early Bubbler touchdown, the Eagles tied the score at 6 on a short touchdown run by Caleb Einzig. Tillman Artell took defenders off their feet as Einzig’s lead blocker.

Trailing 12-6, the Eagles made a big defensive stop late in the second quarter, led by Artell, Elijah Einzig, Devon Reid and Mason Dudash, and that remained the score into the third quarter.

The Bubblers size began to wear on the smaller Eagles in the second half, though, and they gradually pulled away to win 25-12.

Seven Sorrows enters the playoffs as the No. 3 seed and will play Big Spring, the No. 6 seed, at noon Sunday, Oct. 23, at West Perry.

Steelton 21, Middletown 18

Middletown (0-8) finished strong but came up just short once again as they lost 21-18 to Steelton. They failed to make the playoffs.

Seven Sorrows 30, Boiling Springs 0

The Eagles mercy-ruled an undefeated opponent for the second week in a row, and will enter the CFA playoffs as the No. 1 seed with an 8-0 record.

Michael Barilla scored rushing touchdowns and on a punt return in the first half and the Eagles reached 30 early in the second quarter.

No team has been able to score twice on the Eagles all year.

Michael Carr, Shawn Eden, Xander McClinton, Jayden Rider and Aaron Nordai held up defensively in the second half to preserve the shutout.

Seven Sorrows enters the playoffs as the No. 1 seed and will play Hershey, the No. 8 seed, at noon Sunday, Oct. 23, at Lower Dauphin Middle School.

Steelton 12, Middletown 6

Middletown was tied at the half, 0-0, and then 6-6 at the end of regulation, but fell 12-6 in overtime. The squad finished 5-3 and moves into the playoffs as the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 seed Susquehanna at 1 p.m. Sunday at Susquehanna high school.

Seven Sorrows 34, Boiling Springs 20

The Eagles took the opening kickoff and scored nine plays later on a short touchdown run by Derek Wall.

Collin Shaffer recovered his own onside kick and facing fourth and 16 from his own 46, Tim Wagner took a pass from Dylon Zettlemoyer, broke two tackles, and sprinted for a 54-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

The Bubblers made it 14-7 on a 40-yard touchdown pass, and had the ball back after an Eagles turnover two plays later.

After a touchdown-saving tackle by Jordan Matter on a 54-yard catch and run by the Bubblers, Dillen Grey came up with an interception and returned it out to the 40-yard line. Zettlemoyer and Wagner connected again for another touchdown, this time for 25 yards, and the Eagles led 20-7 at the half.

The Bubblers scored on a short touchdown run at the start of the third quarter to pull within 20-13. On the next play from scrimmage, Wall broke free and outran the defense for a 65-yard touchdown and a 26-13 lead.

The Bubblers continued to battle and responded with another short touchdown run and entering the fourth quarter, the Eagles lead 26-20. A 14-play drive ended with a Wall-to-Wagner halfback pass for a touchdown and the Eagles led 34-20 after Michael Tuffy converted the extra point kick.

Sam Fluke then made an interception that ended any hope the Bubblers may have had left
The Eagles were able to run out the clock and finish the regular season with record of 6-2.
Seven Sorrows (6-2) enters the playoffs as the No. 3 seed and will play Gettysburg, the No. 6 seed, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Holy Name Field.

Middletown 33, Steelton 0

Middletown (6-2) took care of business, defeating Steelton 33-0 and moving into the playoffs.

Odell Green scored on a  65-yard touchdown run to make it 6-0. Chris Joseph added a 1-yard touchdown run and added the kick to make it 14-0. He then added a 20-yard touchdown run to make 20-0. Tajae Broadie hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Julio Rodriguez to make it 26-0. T.J. Daniels had a 40-yard touchdown run, and Troy Walko added the 1-point conversion to make the final 33-0.

They will be the fifth seed, taking on fourth-seeded Mechanicsburg at Susquehanna High School at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:45

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Middletown Pony team 7-0; Seven Sorrows Peewees win

Middletown doubled up its games in week 7 of CFA Youth Football League action to make up for rainouts, and the Seven Sorrows Eagles played host to Gettysburg.

vs. East Pennsboro

The Smurf squad did not play against Good Shepherd due to a rainout. However, they had a very successful scrimmage against Hershey last week.

On Saturday, they took on a tough East Pennsboro squad on the road and managed to come away with a victory. Cyrus Villarial started off the scoring on a TD run. Gavin Paul was next with a tough run into the end zone. Caidan McDonald added to the tally with a TD pass from QB Luis Roman, who also chipped in with a TD run of his own.

It was a total team effort, led by the offensive line including Shane Kleinfelter, Aubreigh Bennett, Linwood Shrieves, Ty Dunn, Bowen Kifolo-Ulmer, Marleigh Shroy and Garrison John.

Seven Sorrows
vs. Gettysburg

Six different Eagles crossed the goal line on Parents Day, Adrian Serrano, Trays Walker, Daniel Gilhool, Donte Howard, Garin Geesaman, and Christian Ribic.  Defensively, Gilhool, Howard, and Geesaman were everywhere and they had plenty of help from Cameron Wertz, Jordan Kater, Julien Payne, and Jace Kryscio.

Good Shepherd 19, Middletown 18

The Peewee squad traveled to Wormleysburg on Monday. Oct. 3, to play their make up game against Good Shepherd. They almost came away with their first victory of the season in a hard fought game that ended 19-18 in favor of the Rams.

East Pennsboro 46, Middletown 6

On Saturday, the Peewees faced their toughest opponent of the season in East Pennsboro, whose squad had not surrendered a touchdown all year. The Raiders battled hard, and were able to score the first touchdown of the season on the Panthers defense. A hard run by quarterback Terry Clark got them on the board in the fourth quarter. However, it was too little, too late. East Penn controlled the game most of the way and came away with a 46-6 win.

Seven Sorrows 14, Gettysburg 7

The Eagles jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead behind touchdown runs from Caleb Einzig and Jamar McKinney.  Both added the extra point after their touchdown. Fullback Tillman Artell put several defenders on their back on both touchdown drives.  

Gettysburg scored before halftime to pull within 14-7 and that score would hold up as the teams battled back and forth throughout the rest of the game.

Maurice Mehalick, Artell, Devon Reid, Christopher Cooper, and Tristan Coleman were a big part of the goal line stand the Eagles made at the end of the fourth quarter to win the game.

Middletown 12,
Good Shepherd 6

The Pony squad also traveled to Wormleysburg to take on Good Shepherd, on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The Raiders would remain the home team, even though they had to make up the game on the road.

For most of the game, it was a defensive battle, both teams not finding much room to run or pass early on. On the Raiders’ first defensive play, safety Bamm Appleby stripped the ball and teammate Jackson Grimland came up with the turnover.

The offense couldn't capitalize on the mistake. After trading blows, it was Good Shepherd who struck first on a 55-yard touchdown pass. After a bad snap on the extra point try, the Raiders held the Rams to a 6-0 lead.

The first half came to a close with both teams continuing to battle on the muddy gridiron. The Blue Raiders were ready to go in the second half and Appleby finally found some space, ripping off a 75-yard TD run straight down the middle of the defense. The missed extra point kept the score tied at 6.

The Middletown defense took over from there. Tate Leach snagged a pass intended for the Rams wide receiver, and took it back all the way for a pick 6. The Raiders took the lead, 12-6.

Good Shepherd had one last shot at tying the game but they were denied when LB Mike Arnold stripped the ball and Appleby recovered, sealing the win.

Middletown 14,
East Pennsboro 6

On Saturday, the Raiders visited East Pennsboro. Coming in on a three-game win streak, Middletown was gaining confidence. It showed early as the Middletown defense wasted no time disrupting the Panthers offense. DE Asa Kochvar and LB Caden Paul teamed up to cause a fumble on East Penn's first play from scrimmage. Appleby pounced on it and the offense took over.

After a long drive which took up the entire first quarter, the Raiders came up just short of the goal line before stalling out. However, the defense was up to the task once again and Kochvar rang up another QB sack.

The offense started rolling again, and it was RB Tate Leach who got Middletown on the board first, on an inside counter which opened up after a nice fake. The extra point was added by Caden Paul and the score was 7-0, Raiders. On the next series the defense had a slight hiccup, allowing a pass down the field which put the Panthers in good position. East Penn would capitalize on a fumble into the end zone which they recovered and made it 7-6. The score would stay that way into halftime.

Once again, Middletown was fired up for the second half and they put together another clock chewing drive, which was finished off by quarterack Asa Kochvar, who pounded his way into the end zone behind his offensive line. Kochvar then found tight end Mike Arnold in the end zone for the extra point and it was 14-6, Middletown.

From there, the defense would hold strong and propel the pony squad to their fourth straight win, taking their record to 5-2 on the season.


Seven Sorrows 36, Gettysburg 6

This was a highly anticipated matchup of unbeaten teams, and the Eagles turned in another mercy rule victory after leading 30-0 at halftime.

Michael Barilla and Anthony Stains scored two touchdowns each, and Stains went 3-4 on extra point kicks and the Warriors never recovered.  

Stains, Marquis Beasley, Anthony Powell, Jadyn Maple, Jaydon James and Titus Carter led a defense that has not given up more than one touchdown in a game.

Offensively, the Eagles are averaging 36 points a game and will finish the regular season against another unbeaten team in Boiling Springs. Only one can finish the season 8-0.

Middletown 38,
Good Shepherd 6

The Midget squad made up its rained-out home game by traveling to Wormleysburg on Tuesday Oct. 4. Both teams would get off to a slow start, but the Raiders would strike first on a 70-yard TD pass from quarterback Julian Nester to running back/wide receiver Chris Joseph. Nester added the extra point kick to make it 8-0.

That would be the only points in the first half. In the second frame, the Raiders kicked it up a notch. Joseph scored on runs of 80 and 60 yards. Nester added the extra point kicks. TJ Daniels scored on a 20-yard TD run, and Odell Greene finished up the Raiders scoring on a 30-yard TD run.

Good Shepherd scored late in the fourth quarter to make the final score 38-6.

Strong defense was also a major factor in the game, led by Jaydon Wotring, Jayson Stoner, Troy Walko, Dylan Ruiz, Alex Hatt and Dallas Saunders. The offensive line also gets credit for creating room to run, with Tajae Broadie, Devin Finnegan, Dakota Saunders, Will Brown, AJ Koser and Julio Rodriguez.

Middletown 31,
East Pennsboro 6

On Saturday, the midget squad took on East Penn. The Raiders would come out on top once again, with the final score of 31-6.

Odell Greene started things off with a 40-yard TD run. Chris Joseph then returned a punt 60 yards for a score. Tajae Broadie hauled in a pass from Nester to make it 18-0 at the half. In the second half, TJ Daniels had a 15-yard TD run. Joseph added another score on a 20-yard run. Julio Rodriguez caught the extra point pass from Daniels to finish off the scoring.

Once again the offensive line came up big, led by Jayson Stoner, Troy Walko, Jaydon Wotring, and Dakota Saunders.

The defense is led by Dallas Saunders, AJ Koser, Alex Hatt, Dylan Ruiz, Devin Finnegan and Will Brown.

Gettysburg 18,
Seven Sorrows 6

After a scoreless first quarter, Gettysburg scored first in the second quarter on a 38-yard catch and run to lead 6-0.

Derek Wall then returned the kickoff 78 yards to give the Eagles a first and goal. Tim Wagner covered the final eight yards on first down, and the Eagles missed a chance to lead after failing to convert the extra point kick.  

After a sack by Wall, Michael Tuffy recovered a fumble to end a Gettysburg threat and the game went to the half tied at 6.  

The Warriors returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown.  

The next Eagles drive ended on a turnover. Then, on fourth down, the Warriors broke free on a 75-yard touchdown run to stretch their lead to 18-6.  

Three more turnovers in the fourth quarter doomed the Eagles and ended in defeat.  

Jack Stewart added an interception on defense and Wall recovered a fumble.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:54

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Seven Sorrows excels against Susquenita; Pony Raiders win

9 28 Christopher Joseph 2 MidgetsContributed photo -- Chris Joseph runs for the Middletown Midgets squad.

In week 5 of CFA Youth Football League action, Mechanicsburg visited Middletown on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Seven Sorrows Eagles traveled to the Susquenita Blackhawks.

Middletown vs. Mechanicsburg

The youngest of the Blue Raider squads started the day off with a bang as RB Gavin Paul rumbled his way into the end zone twice, Caidan McDonald added another and quarterback Luis Roman scored two touchdowns on the day. Much of the credit was given to an outstanding effort by the entire offensive line, which includes Linwood and Rylan Shrieves, Shane Klinefelter, Aubreigh Bennett, Garrison John, Cyrus Villarial and Aden Grogan.

Seven Sorrows vs. Susquenita

Among the players starring for the Eagles on a day when they dominated both sides of the ball: Jaxon Brosnahan, Jordan Kater, Kason Michael, Greyson Peslis, Adrian Serrano and Cameron Wertz.

Mechanicsburg 23, Middletown 6

Middletown might not have won, but they played with lots of heart and determination. Nazier Fuller got things rolling for the Raiders with a 50-yard touchdown run. Drayton Saunders and Derek Spencer Jr. both came up with fumble recoveries on defense. Dustin Whitaker notched a quarterback sack, and Derek Spencer Jr. came up with another big stop on defense to keep Mechanicsburg in check. The Wildcats came away with a 23-6 win in the end.

Seven Sorrows 26, Susquenita 0

Quarterback Jamar McKinney has a handle on his offense not often seen at the Peewee level, and has led his team to a 4-1 record.

This week, he took over the game with two long touchdown runs, covering 125 yards combined. Caleb Einzig added a touchdown run. Maurice Mehalick scored on 2 extra point rushes, and the defense did the rest. Devon Reid and Tillman Artell made it impossible for the Blackhawks to run inside, and when they tried to get outside, Gabrial Graham was there to make the stop. Demaj Jalloh, Mason Dudash, and Bradyn Pristello also played well.

Middletown 13, Mechanicsburg 6

The visiting Wildcats came in with a 3-1 record. But the Blue Raiders were up for the challenge.

Early on, the Middletown offense couldn’t sustain drives, but the defense kept the Wildcats out of the red zone. After a few back-and-forth possessions, it was Mechanicsburg that struck first with a tough drive down the field and into the end zone. Both teams continued to battle, but at the half it was 6-0 Wildcats.

After the intermission, something started to click for the home team. The defense, led by linebackers Canden Brown, Caden Paul and Mike Arnold, were coming up with big stops and even bigger hits.

The offense responded with an attack of their own, a quick toss to Bamm Appleby who stretched it all the way to the sideline. With great blocking by the offensive line and running back Tate Leach on the edge, Appleby outran the defense and went all the way to the end zone. The extra point was added on a counter by Leach. The Raiders took the lead 7-6.
After another stout defensive series, the Middletown offense went back to work and on the exact same play, Appleby took the toss sweep, found a running lane and after a nifty move he was off to the races for another score. The extra point came up just short.

The defense held strong the rest of the way, with an interception by Tate Leach and some great team tackling. The Blue Raiders came up big with a divisional win against Mechanicsburg, 13-6. Both teams now sit at 3-2 overall.

Seven Sorrows 38, Susquenita 7

The Blackhawks were forced to punt after receiving the opening kickoff, and Michael Barilla returned it for a touchdown. After another punt, Barilla scored on an 80-yard touchdown run. Anthony Stains converted both extra point kicks, and the Eagles quickly led 16-0.

Titus Carter scored on a fullback dive that went 40 yards, and Amari Betha returned a punt for a touchdown. Stains, Marquis Beasley, and Malachi Brooks led a defense that gave up very little until garbage time.

Michael Carr, Steven Ramsey, and Dallas Schorr were also solid on defense, and the Eagles have reached 5-0.

Mechanicsburg 28, Middletown 22

After last week’s gut-wrenching last-minute loss to New Cumberland, the midget squad looked to bounce back against divisional rival Mechanicsburg, But it seemed from the start that there was a bit of a hangover from the last game’s struggle.

They still made some great plays and were up 14-6 at one point. But the Wildcats played inspired football, and came back with two touchdowns to take the lead 22-14 with time winding down in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Raiders found a bit of magic, with a long touchdown pass from QB Julian Nester to TE Tajae Broadie who leaped into the air, came down with the ball and fought his way into the end zone. After the 2 point kick went through, Middletown once again found themselves in a tie as the clock wound down.

The score stayed 22-22 as time expired in regulation. Overtime would be needed to decide the winner. Similar to college OT, each team gets to start at the 10-yard line and has four downs to score.

Middletown won the toss and got the ball first. On the first play in OT, the Raiders’ Chris Joseph found the end zone on a scrappy run to the pylon. However, it was called back due to an illegal formation call, only six men on the line. Middletown only had 10 players on the field.

The Wildcats D stopped the next three plays and took over on offense. On the second play, Mechanicsburg found the end zone and for the second straight week it was a walk-off victory for the opposing team, 28-22. The Midgets fell to 3-2 overall. Good Shepherd visits the Blue Raiders on Saturday.

Seven Sorrows 22, Susquenita 19

The Blackhawks received the opening kickoff and used almost the entire first quarter on a scoring drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run. The Eagles responded with an 8-play scoring drive, the last a Derek Wall 2-yard run. Michael Tuffy converted the kick, and the Eagles led 8-6.

Former Eagle John Stump, now playing for the Blackhawks, made his presence felt on an 8-yard touchdown run, and after running in the extra point, the Blackhawks led 13-8. The Eagles lost a fumble on their next possession, but forced a three-and-out to get the ball back one more time before the half. They only needed one play. Dylon Zettlemoyer connected with Tim Wagner on a 30-yard touchdown pass. The extra point kick was blocked, and the Eagles led 14-13 at halftime.

Stump would get outside the defense in the third quarter and took off on a 78-yard touchdown run to put the Blackhawks ahead 19-14. The Eagles responded with a game-winning drive, scoring on another Zettlemoyer-to-Wagner touchdown pass, this one for 18 yards. Tuffy added the kick, and the Eagles led 22-19 with about 2:30 to play.
After a couple huge defensive plays by Wagner and Brandyn Davis forced the Blackhawks into a fourth-and-long situation, it came down to one play, and Jordan Matter made the interception that gave the Eagles the ball, and allowed them to run out the clock in victory formation. Wall led the team to a 4-1 record with 21 carries for 116 yards.

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LSTAA Under 12 Orange soars in first round playoff

Orangebaseball1Photos courtesy of Dawn Knull

LSTAA’s Under 12 Minors Orange baseball team cruised to victory in the first round of playoffs. The local squad powered over Colonial Park Rec. Red on Mon., June 13 at the Met-Ed Field in Middletown.

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