by: COURTESY OF BETH FAULHABER - Molalla Youth Football's seventh grade team.Molalla Youth Football walked away with two championship trophies on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The seventh grade JV squad battled the Centennial Eagles. With an explosive running game and a dominate defense that only allowed eight opposing team touchdowns during the season, the Indians pulled out a 36-18 victory against the Eagles to become the Tualatin Valley Youth Football League Harrison Division Champions with a 10-0 record.

“It wasn’t our most effective game offensively with some touchdowns called back and untimely penalties, but we battled through it,” Coach Brian Faulhaber said. “Defensively we knew they had three key players to stop, and I feel we did a good job of containing them.”

Several of the players on the seventh grade team were part of the fifth and sixth grade team last year, which made it to the championship game but lost to Gresham.

“Overall this year we had five new players, and I feel we came together as a team really well,” Faulhaber said. “We had nine different players score touchdowns, our kicker made five field goals during the year that were each 35 plus yards, and defensively we had five shutouts on the season. I am very proud of our team and all of us coaches are excited for next year.”

The fifth and sixth grade team also took the championship trophy. They beat Barlow 8-0. by: COURTESY OF JULIE BAUGE
 - Molalla Youth Football's fifth and sixth grade team.

“It was a big group of sixth graders that stepped up into leadership roles,” Coach Scott Laccino said. “The team showed a tremendous amount of heart. They played a lot of close games … In the end they refused to quit and refused to lose.”

It was Laccino’s first year as the team’s head coach. Both Laccino and Faulhaber received the Wellnitz Award for good sportsmanship this season.

“The team got that award,” Laccino said. “They showed an amazing amount of sportsmanship.”

As for the eighth grade varsity team, they faced the Century Jaguars in the championship game. Molalla fought hard to a 46-22 loss. Though they didn’t come away with the trophy, Coach Troy Jazdinski was proud of his team.

Jazdinkski said he’s coached many of the kids since the third grade. “They’ve been awesome,” he said. “They stick together.”

Jazdinski sends the athletes on to Molalla High School with hopes that they’ll contribute to the football team in the next four years.

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