Sports BrieftsPackers tie Chargers in defense-dominate game
The Packers battled to a 6-6 tie with the Chargers in Advanced Pleasanton Junior Football League play last Saturday. The Chargers scored first on a busted play going 55 yards down the Packers two in the second quarter. The Packers had two solid stops but couldn't keep the Chargers out of the end zone. The two-point conversion was stopped at the line to make the score 6-0. The Packers held the Chargers to two first downs and net 30 yards the rest of the way. On offense, the Packers tied the game with 1:10 left. A nifty 50-yard TD pass from QB Ryan Allen to speedster Nate Bussani resulted in a tie. The 2 point conversion was stopped just short at the goal line.
The offense was led by team captain Ryan Allen TD pass, Bussani TD Reception, and 32 yards rushing from RB Jon Marsh. Zach Hill was flawless snapping the ball at Center.
The defense was led by team captains Cody Shields (six tackles, sack, pass deflection), Camron Blonigan (six tackles, pass deflection) and Hawk Becker (five tackles). Other defense highlights included: Austin Hamilton (seven tackles, three sacks, QB pressure), Jon Marsh (seven tackles), Nick Gaither (five tackles), Spencer Webb (six tackles, sack), Stephen Gordon (four tackles, sack), and Dylan Gubersky shut down his side of the field at Defensive End (three tackles, two sacks, QB pressure). Brad Hope had four tackles from special teams and fourth quarter defensive play.
Rage U12 shuts down San Ramon in season opener
Pleasanton Rage U12 Premier team started the season with a 3-0 victory over the San Ramon Illusion Sept. 8.› In the first half, Andi Boehm crossed it to the center creating a battle at the box, but Kira Ewanich found a hole and kicked it into the net for the first goal.›
In the second half, Tori Larsen breaks away from the IllusionŪs defense and fired it in for the second goal.› Kirsten Jensen displayed amazing footwork and a powerful 20 yard header.› From the corner, Boehm bent the ball directly into the net for the third goal.› Beautiful saves by goalie Lexie Nicholas.
The U12 team also played the Mt. Diablo Storm Sept. 9 in Concord in a very physical battle.› The game was scoreless at the half.› In the second half, Evan Murphy showed amazing control of the ball and excellent passing.› Ewanich dribbled down the field 30 yards and shot it into the net for RageŪs only goal.› The game ended in a 1-1 tie.