Four local teams reigned supreme in the America Youth Football Division I State Championships held last Saturday at East Forsyth High School. The winning teams advance to the AYF Atlantic Regionals scheduled to be played Saturday and Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va. Here’s a summary of each game.
8th Grade Unlimited: Running back Marcus Caldwell gave the Tiny Rams all the momentum they needed in a 35-6 win over the Mint Hill Chargers. Caldwell scored one touchdown and he set up several others on long runs where his speed and power was put on full display.
Mashion Powell scored on runs of 32 and 34 yards. Braxton Rorie ran 31 yards for a touchdown and he caught a 37-yard touchdown pass fromfile://localhost/Users/mac_5/Desktop/sports,%20Anthony%20Davis.tif Anthony Hicks. Up front, offensive linemen Bryson Glenn, Chrisean Hardy and Chauncey Hill controlled the line of scrimmage for the Rams. Desmond Little got Mint Hill on the board with 5.9 seconds left.
Junior Midget: The Tiny Rams exploded for four first-half touchdowns, which paved the way for a 49-0 victory over the Beatties Ford Saints.
The ground game was close to unstoppable. Five running backs – Jalen Maxie, Khalid Martin, Keontre Myers, Tyrek McNeil and Dravon Edwards – scored on touchdown runs. Quarterback Stephon Brown threw scoring passes to Keondre Buyna (31 yards) and McNeil (58 yards). The Saints offense was held in check from the opening kickoff. The Rams led 30-0 at the half.
Mighty Mites: Anthony Davis raced around left end for a 59-yard touchdown to help the South Fork Panthers Blue secure a 12-0 win over the Northside Hurricanes. The decisive score was made possible when South Fork’s Dylan Fox recovered a fumble to end a Northside scoring drive in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers, who led 6-0 at the half, drove 78 yards on their first offensive possession of the game. Jemon Smith capped the drive with a four-yard scoring run. The defense, spearheaded by Marque Hall, Nasir Graham and Davis, put the clamps on the Hurricanes.
Cadet: Caden Davis threw two touchdown passes in the Kernersville Raiders’ 25-0 shut-out of the Derita Redskins. Davis got plenty of offensive support from Isaac Sutton and Raneiria Dillworth, who both had touchdown runs. Dillworth’s score in the third quarter was set up by Davis’s 9-yard pass to Arrington Jones. Kernersville’s defense was led by Dillworth, Isaac Cain, Javon Siddle and Brandon Johnson.
Junior Pee Wee: Lost fumbles and a missed defensive assignment doomed the Panthers in a 24-21 loss to the Derita Redskins. The Panthers appeared to have the game under control after Ian McGlannery scored on a quarterback sneak and Chase Rorie ran for the conversion to give the Panthers a 21-18 lead with 5:51 left to play in the game.
The Redskins, who scored twice off Panthers miscues, were far from finished. On fourth-and-six, J’Kwon Suber threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Jomir Whitley for the game-winning score.
The Panthers grabbed a 14-0 lead in the first half after Rorie scored on a short run and Micah Crowell added a 12-yard touchdown run. The Redskins closed the gap to 14-6, thanks to Jaden Dozier.
Pee Wee: First-quarter turnovers proved to be too much for the Pffaftown Packers to handle in a 44-6 loss to the Northside Hurricanes.
Northside converted two fumbles and an interception into quick scores and the Packers, down 28-6 at halftime, never recovered. Hurricanes running backs Xavier Marshall and Brandon Phillips did all the damage. Marshall ran for three touchdowns and Phillips scored twice.
Ryan Cherry scored the Packers only touchdown of the day on a nifty 35-yard run late in the second quarter.