‘Tis the season for 7th grade football. We played our first games of the season last night at Mason City taking on the Mohawks at John Adams Field.
In the first game we came out with a 14-6 win over the Mohawks.
The first score for the Lions came on a 1yd TD run by fullback Justin Sholly. Carter Garrington added the 2pt conversion to give us the lead at 8-6. Later in the third quarter Zach Tatum scored on a 32 yd TD run to give us a 14-6. The conversion was stopped short and the score remained 14-6 to make it the final score of the game. We had good blocking up front by Trapper Wubben, Nick Piscopo, Lucas Kirchhoff, Christian Donovan, Ace Walton, and Evan Applegate. Parker Pitzen and Samuel Jones played well rotating at quarterback. Both made some nice passes for completions to keep our offensive drives alive that allowed us to score.
On defense we had some trouble stopping the Mohawks big running back. They only scored once so our defense started to play better when we did a better job of tackling him. We had some good plays Carter Garrington, Zach Tatum, Justin Sholly, Ace Walton, Spencer Orr, Jarod Anderson, Nick Holtz, Chase Bacon, Evan Applegate, and Devon Recknor.
In the second game the final score was 18-0 in favor of the Mohawks. They had a tremendous amount of depth that we had to compete against. Our kids made some good plays both offensively and defensively. On offense we had good runs by Jerimiah Colon and Conrado Dominguez. Both boys did a nice job and picked up some blocks from our offensive line that included: Zach Welper, Devon Barsness, Deryck Leitner, Zach Harnish, Dalton Roll, Kaleb Froiland and Devon Recknor.
On defense we had some good plays by Dalton Roll, Jerimiah Colon, Zeke Branstad, Zach Harnish, Deryck Leitner, Devon Barsness, Ryan Faught, and Colby Klipping.
Comments on the game: I thought we started to play better in the second half of the first game. The kids were excited to get the season started and they had some jitters but once we were able to stop their big running back we gained the confidence we needed to start playing better on both sides of the ball. In the second game our kids played well so we were happy as coaches with their overall effort.