Despite three long scoring plays by host Gilroy, the Morgan Hill Tiny Mite Black team earned an impressive 24-18 victory Saturday against the Browns.
The Morgan Hill offensive line of Matthew Luna, Lucas Leisure, Ryker Saltonstal, Christian Mali, Logan Harris and Tyler Crouch controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the game, opening holes for running backs Jacob Wallace and DJ Buenrostro, who each tallied a touchdown.
Led by Danny DeHaro, Dominic Robles, Kaitlyn Silva, Michael Vasquez and Everett Wallace the Raider defense held the Browns in check most of the day. The coaching staff said they were proud of the swarming defense play and tackling.
Tiny Mites (Silver)
In a game that came down to the fast three minutes, the Tiny Mite Silver squad suffered a heartbreaking 18-12 defeat to the Andrew Hill Raiders on Saturday.
Quarterback Landan Stump controlled the offense well and running back Isaac Arellano ran for the only scores of the day. The game was decided in the trenches and the offensive line responded, led by Porter Beagle, Jesse De Young, Keaton and London Weitz, Calvin Mitchell, Logan Fraustro, Ashton Parker and Raymond Ramirez.
On defense Damien Roman, Colin Shields-Reall and Stevie Juarez applied pressure to stymie Andrew Hill scoring threats in the loss.
Taylor Wake returned a punt for a touchdown and running back Tyler Douglas broke several tackles to score another, pacing the Mighty Mites to 12-0 victory at Almaden on Saturday.
The Raider defense was spearheaded by Dennis Hill, who registered three sacks and recovered a fumble. Ryan Luna and Gabriel Lagatta made outstanding open field tackles to preserve the shutout over the Chargers.
“I’m so proud of our defense, they were good," said head coach Jordan Toombs. “And our offensive line was strong and didn't let them penetrate our backfield all day."
Junior Pee Wee
Playing with a lot of heart and determination, the Junior Pee Wee team succumbed to Almaden 33-6 on Saturday. It was a difficult game for the Raiders after losing one of their top running backs, Aizon Henry, to an injury early in the third quarter.
Despite the lopsided loss, Vinnie Lagatta managed to rush for 45 yards, Nick Lamanto ran for 55 yards and Henry pounded through the defense for 62 yards before his injury.
Jesse Isais and Jeremiah Puente combined for 35 yards rushing and Derrick Benadom and Conner Hennings each hauled in a pass from Lagatta.
Although the final score may not have reflected it, coach John Scott felt the defense played as tough as they have all year.
For the second week in a row the Pee Wee Raiders used the a formula of strong defense and Cole Davis to produce a victory over Almaden at Pioneer High School on Saturday. Two scoring plays by Cole Davis was all the Raiders needed in the 22-0 win.
Davis scored on a perfectly executed pass from quarterback Jonathan Singleton and later romped 50 yards for the other touchdown in the win.
The Raiders started the scoring early as quarterback Cory Taylor marched the team 50 yards to the Charger two-yard line before Anthony Martinez ran it in. Ryan Payne added the point after - his first of two on the afternoon - and the Raiders led 8-0.
From there, the defense took over and smothered every Charger offensive threat. Ethan Crawford stopped one drive with an interception and Alec Havstad stalled another with a fumble recovery. Jake Saltonstal, Jared Jones, Rustan Lucas and Payne led the defense, which recorded its second shutout in a row.
The Pee Wee team travels to Berkeley for a 2 p.m. game Sunday.
Morgan Hill's Junior Midget team never got it going on offense, and the defense yielded 28 points in a loss to the Almaden Chargers on Saturday.
Jacob Ryder led the attack on offense with 34 rushing yards and Bailey Schroeder passed for 26 yards.
Angelo Knight - along with Isaiah Barajas - played well on defense and led the team in tackles.