Reynolds youth wins showdown with Mountainside
TUALATIN VALLEY YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Fifth-and-sixth grade division
MILWAUKIE — The Reynolds defense came up with a goal-line stand to score a 6-0 win over Mountainside in the fifth-and-sixth grade medal game on a foggy Saturday night at Alder Creek Middle School.
After coming up a couple yards on a third-down run up the middle, Reynolds elected to 'punt' from deep in its own territory. At these age level, the referee simply marches 35 yards downfield and the teams flip possession.
That gave Mountainside the ball near midfield with 1:09 to find the end zone.
Mavericks' running back E.J. Douglas got things going by breaking three tackles to pick up 18 yards and find his way out of bounds to stop the clock. He rambled off another big run for a first down, cutting inside the move the chains.
That's when the Reynolds defense put up a wall.
Ansu Sanoe came up with a tackle in the middle of the field for a short gain.
More importantly, the clock kept rolling.
Mountainside lined up and spiked the ball into the ground, giving itself one final chance from the 14-yard line.
Mavericks' QB Kai Paler dropped back looking to pass over the right side, but no receivers were open. He tucked the ball down and tried to find a path through the crowded middle of the field only to get tripped up by a diving Jaybrein Test before he reached the 10-yard line.
The win boosts Reynolds to 7-1 on the season, sending it along to its division playoffs Saturday.
The Raiders set up the night's only scoring drive when Kieran Jefferson ripped loose a fumble on the first play of the second half. Reynolds kept its march alive when Sanoe plunged ahead to convert fourth-and-1.
A bigger challenge was ahead.
Reynolds would soon face fourth-and-13, but quickly shrunk the needed yardage when a hard count got Mountainside to jump offsides twice for a free 10 yards. The Raiders would have to earn the final three the hard way when Aiden Wake took a carry through the middle and was met by a crowd of tacklers, but fell forward past the line to gain.
That set up Test to go in from 1 yard out for the night's only points with 2:26 left in the third quarter.
Reynolds Youth Football is had five players make an Oregon all-star team that will be traveling to Canton, Ohio for a game in December. Those players are seventh-graders Payton Chhay and Zack Hayden, along with sixth-graders Jefferson, Sanoe and Austin Thompson.
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