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Seven Sorrows wins pair of football titles

Posted 11/21/18

The Seven Sorrows Eagles Midget and Pony teams won championships Sunday in CFA Youth Football League Super Bowl action.

Three Seven Sorrows teams played at the Lower Dauphin Middle School Sports …

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Seven Sorrows wins pair of football titles

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The Seven Sorrows Eagles Midget and Pony teams won championships Sunday in CFA Youth Football League Super Bowl action.

Three Seven Sorrows teams played at the Lower Dauphin Middle School Sports Complex in Liberty Conference games delayed from Saturday because of weather, with the Peewee squad falling short of the title.

Midget Division

Seven Sorrows 40, Susquenita 6

The Eagles finished the season undefeated and won the program’s first midget Super Bowl since the early 1990s.

The Blackhawks’ fate was sealed when the Eagles won the coin toss and elected to receive.

The opening drive ended with a 34-yard touchdown run by Maurice Collins, and the rout was on. Nolan Sessa kicked the extra points and the Eagles led 8-0.

Sessa would go 5-5 on PAT kicks, and his pop-up kickoffs yielded almost zero return yards.

The Blackhawks were then forced to punt, and the Eagles offense went back to work. Early in the second quarter, Collins was untouched on another 34-yard touchdown run behind some big blocks from Marquis Beasley, Collin Minto, Shawn Eden and Tre’shawn Bordner to put the Eagles up 16-0.

Two possessions later, the Eagles were facing fourth and 2 at the Blackhawks 39. Quarterback Mikey Barilla rolled right and found Bordner open in the flat, and Bordner sprinted to the end zone to increase the lead to 24-0 at halftime.

On the opening possession of the second half, Susquenita failed to convert a fourth down when Barilla sniffed out a bubble screen and tackled the receiver for a loss. On the next play, Barilla lofted a perfect pass to tackle Chad Sipe on a play called the “Chad Special.” Sipe, who had reported as an eligible receiver, went the distance on a 62-yard touchdown to invoke the mercy rule with a 32-0 lead.

After a Beasley fumble recovery, Collins added one more touchdown on a 30-yard run, making it 40-0. Beasley, Minto, Eden, Sipe, Michael Carr and Makhi Woodman paved the way for a 150 yard rushing day for Collins, who earned the Super Bowl MVP award.

Pony Division

Seven Sorrows 12, Gettysburg 7

The Eagles finished the season undefeated and won the program’s second Pony Super Bowl in the last three years.

The game was a rematch of the game of the year, an Eagles overtime win at Gettysburg.

Quarterback Jamar McKinney was looking to lead his team to an even bigger win. Caleb Einzig opened the scoring on a long touchdown run, but the Eagles failed to convert the extra point and led 6-0.

The Warriors responded with a touchdown drive of their own, converted the extra point, and led 7-6. It was the first time the Eagles trailed all season.

From that point on, the Eagles defense yielded very few yards. Tillman Artell led an attacking defense, and got plenty of help from Einzig, Mason Gratkowski, Maurice Mehalick, Derrius Jalloh and Shakur Jalloh.

Einzig ran in another touchdown before halftime for a 12-7 lead at the break.

The second half was all defense.

The Eagles had to make one last stand late in the game. Devon Reid made what may have been the play of the game, sacking the quarterback on fourth down to clinch a championship.

Einzig was named the Super Bowl MVP.

Peewee Division

Northern Lebanon 38, Seven Sorrows 13

The Eagles, who entered the playoffs with a 6-2 record, had their hands full against the top-seeded, undefeated Vikings.

The Eagles couldn’t have asked for a better start when Christian Ribic returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. It was all Northern Lebanon after that. And it was mostly one player, and that player is phenomenal, No. 3, Vikings quarterback Bryan Mitzel, who would be named MVP.

Donte Howard scored the Eagles second touchdown.

Adrian Serrano, Howard, Joshua Stains, James Buckner and Javon Mosley made plays on both sides of the ball to keep the Eagles in the game as long as they could.