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Seven Sorrows youth football gets 3 big wins

Posted 10/10/18

The Seven Sorrows Eagles traveled to Gettysburg for three big games against the Warriors on Saturday in CFA Youth Football League play.

All three Eagles teams had a chance to clinch division …

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Seven Sorrows youth football gets 3 big wins

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The Seven Sorrows Eagles traveled to Gettysburg for three big games against the Warriors on Saturday in CFA Youth Football League play.

All three Eagles teams had a chance to clinch division championships with a win. Because several CFA teams folded, the Eagles will win by forfeit over the last two weeks of the season, so this was also a chance for the Pony and Midget teams to clinch an undefeated regular season and grab the top seed entering the playoffs.

In three thrilling games, the Eagles came away victorious in all three.

Peewees

Seven Sorrows 24, Gettysburg 14

The Eagles entered the game with a record of 3-2. The Warriors were leading the division at 4-1.

Gettysburg got on the board first with a touchdown run and converted their extra point for a 7-0 lead. The Eagles responded with a touchdown pass from Christian Ribic to Donte Howard. The extra point attempt failed, and the Eagles trailed at halftime, 7-6.

The Warriors extended their lead to 14-6 in the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Adrian Serrano scored for the Eagles on a touchdown run, making the score 14-12, and the Eagles lined up for a 2-point extra point kick. The kick failed and the defense had to go to work.

Led by Howard, Serrano, Joshua Stains, Javon Mosley and Brayden Reigle, the defense was able to get the Eagles the ball for one last chance. With 45 seconds left, Howard scored his second touchdown of the day on a run to put the Eagles ahead for the first time in the game.

With the Warriors needing a score, they took to the air and Ribic intercepted a pass and returned it for the clinching touchdown with 23 seconds left, making the final score 24-14.

Ponies

Seven Sorrows 12, Gettysburg 6 (overtime)

Both teams entered the game undefeated and 32 minutes wouldn’t be enough to determine a winner.

The game was scoreless after the first quarter as yards would be hard to come by in a hard-fought game.

Tillman Artell, Devon Reid, Demaj Jalloh and Caleb Einzig led a stingy defense. With time running out on the first half, Einzig pulled in a Jamar McKinney pass for a touchdown and the Eagles led 6-0 at halftime.

The Warriors were able to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles defense rose to the occasion and stopped the extra point attempt.

In overtime, the Eagles would get the ball first. Starting from the 10 yard line, they would move to the ball to the 1, and on fourth down, Einzig carried defenders into the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown. The extra point attempt failed and the game was in the hands of the defense. They would come through again.

With the Warriors facing a fourth down on the 1, Artell shot through and tripped up the running back just enough for a swarm of Eagles to meet the ball carrier just inside the 1 and brought him down within a foot of the goal line to seal the win.

Midgets

Seven Sorrows 24, Gettysburg 14

Once again, both teams entered the game undefeated. And it wouldn’t start well for the Eagles.

Penalties and turnovers plagued the Eagles offense throughout the first half. And when an errant snap went over the punter’s head, the Warriors got a gift on the Eagles’ 10 yard line. They scored on the next play on a 10-yard touchdown run, converted the kick, and led 8-0 late in the second quarter.

The Eagles responded. Mikey Barilla floated a perfect pass to running back Maurice Collins on a wheel pattern for a 58-yard gain to the Warriors 5 yard line. Barilla scored on a quarterback sneak two plays later. Nolan Sessa converted the kick to tie the game at 8.

With time running out on the first half, the Warriors were trying to put more points on the board and took to the air.

Amari Betha came up with an interception and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown as time ran out on the half. Sessa converted the kick, and the Eagles led 16-8 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Eagles extended their lead to 24-8 on a 40-yard touchdown run by Collins and a successful conversion kick by Sessa.

The Eagles defense kept them in the game early, led by Marquis Beasley, Shawn Eden, Collin Minto and Malachi Brooks.

The Warriors took over on offense with 2 1/2 minutes to play and scored with 40 seconds left on a touchdown pass. A bad snap led to a failed conversion attempt, and the score was 24-14.

The Eagles recovered the onside kick and went into victory formation to complete the three-game sweep in a big day for the football program.  

Middletown youth football

The Susquehanna Indians visited War Memorial Field on Sunday and came away with three wins.

In Peewees, the visitors won 52-7. They took the Ponies matchup, 38-6. In Midgets, it was Susquehanna 40, Middletown 20.

The Peewees are 3-3 on the season, with the Ponies team at 1-5 and the Midgets at 0-6.