Youths take two of three from Columbus 1

Junior high battled Stafford

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The freshman Tigers lost to the Columbus 1 Cardinals, 14-13, this past Saturday in Colorado River Youth Football Coalition action.

The game was riddled with penalties, with three Sealy touchdowns being called back on holding calls. Despite being down 6-0 at halftime, the Tigers didn’t give up. Eden Jones scored a long touchdown early in the fourth quarter, with Aiden Dailey Paige scoring the extra point on a run up the middle.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers started their final drive of the game deep in their own territory with Paige smashing it up the middle for a 10-yard gain. The following play, Zack Baber ran for a 54-yard touchdown on the outside, with a key block made by Jaxton Lafrance. For the tie, Paige again ran it into the endzone, only to have it called back on a holding penalty.

Defensively, there were some good plays made by Carson Soto, Cinch Conner, Sutton Michalke, and Sergio Arriaga, to name a few. With two weeks off, the Tigers look for revenge when they face the Columbus 1 Cardinals at home on Oct. 26.

The JV Tigers moved to 5-0 with a 27-0 victory over Columbus last weekend. Sealy unleashed an aerial attack in the first half of the game with both DJ Hamilton and Amarion Kirby throwing touchdown passes. Kirby hooked up with Dylan Hamilton and DJ Hamilton connected with Christian Ponce on a 58-yard pass to end the first half.

Kirby and the Hamilton brothers were also impact players in the rushing game, which was made possible by some dominant blocking up front by Damien Gagne, Rodolfo Nino, Travis Willingham, Daegan Hrachovy, Damien Saucedo and Jack Trevino.

The defense put up another shutout and dominant performance, with Pierce Burttschell and Alex Gilbert as the bookends, combining for multiple tackles for losses. Other defensive standouts included the starting cornerbacks, Dredynn White and Joel Gomez.

Varsity beat Columbus, 41-8, with a variety of different athletes finding pay dirt. Kane Killough had a pair of passing touchdowns and ran for another one, Will Baber and Elijah Sanders both caught a touchdown pass, Isaiah Dukes-Self, Ivan Cadena and Jose Gomez all provided rushing touchdowns and Javien Grant converted a point-after try.

Weston Cryan led the offense to a pair of second-half touchdowns while the defense held things down to preserve the lead, led by Jadon Hernandez who had several tackles. Brady Burttschell provided pressure on the quarterback, Dukes-Self had two sacks and Sterling Michalke had a big hit and tackle for loss.

At the junior high level, the Sealy Tigers squared off with Stafford but ended up on the short end in all but one of the games.

7th grade A team lost a hard-fought game, 6-0. Offensive standouts were Blaine Fink, Noah Washington and Chris Martinez. Defensive standouts were Caysen Bolden, Issac Tyler and Tanner Mauney. A team is now 1-1 on the season.

7th grade B team lost, 27-0. Offense standouts were Davian Thomas, Tryston Andrews, CJ Woods and Stephen Sell. Defensive standouts were Logan Newsome and Alberto Flores. B team is now 1-1 on the season.

8th grade B team defeated Stafford, 13-6. Holt Barta led the way with two rushing touchdowns and Landon Walne helped the offense by adding a pair of two-point conversions. Defensive standouts were Justin Hart, Cobin Stembrige, and Daron Caronis. B team is now 1-0 on the season.

8th grade A team lost a close game, 21-15. The offense was led by Bryson Johnson with several big runs and a Jackson Burttschell touchdown pass to Jeffery Neu. The defense played great all night and was led by Jay Aguado's pick-six and Neu's ability to help his teammates get in the right position to make a big play. A team is now 1-1 on the season.

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