Junior Hornets humble teams from Tacoma

The Enumclaw Junior Hornets hosted the Jaguars of Tacoma Saturday for their third straight game at Pete’s Pool. The inaugural Junior Hornets cheerleaders also fired up the crowd.

The fourth-grade team got the Junior Hornets franchise off to a fast start, defeating the Jaguars 16-0.

Keegan Sutter continued his dominant season by scoring a rushing touchdown, followed by a Tyler Feddema two-point kick conversion. Feddema added a touchdown of his own on a 20-yard reception while adding another 2-point kick. The Hornets’ team defense suffocated the Jaguars, posting a shutout and boosting their season record to 2-1.

In a bonus fifth-quarter game, the fourth-grade team played the White River Raptors and won 20-0. Tyson Russell had an interception for a touchdown and TDs were added by Keanu LaFaele and Cole Riley.

The fifth-grade team found itself in a hard-hitting defensive battle, but finally broke free of the Jaguars with a 30-yard TD burst by Jackson McCann. The team had to play flawless team defense to hang on for a 6-0 victory.

The sixth-grade team squared off against the White River Raptors in a filler game due to the lack of a Jaguar sixth-grade squad. It was the second time in three weeks the two teams have battled each other with the first game won by the Hornets by a single touchdown. Saturday was no different, as the Hornets prevailed 13-7. Henry Henken hauled in two touchdown passes from quarterback Joe Flanigan to account for all of the scoring. Outstanding defensive games by Jett VanHoof and Riley Snyder helped the sixth-grade Junior Hornets drive their record to 3-0.

The seventh-grade team came out hot and jumped the Jaguars early and often en route to a 53-0 blowout. Quarterback Matt Funkhouser threw four touchdown passes and also added an interception on defense. Ross Olson and Tanner Chase scored two touchdowns each, while Kione Gill, Austin Rewoldt and Mason Fend added one TD each. Tailback Justin Weston ran for two extra points. The offensive line played their best game of the season and the Hornets’ team defense held the Jaguars to negative total yards on the day. David Jametsky recovered a fumble late in the game to seal the deal and run the Hornets season record to 3-0.

Led by a veteran offensive line, the eighth-grade team pounded the Jaguars 48-12. Taylor Beaird had his usual performance, rushing for more than 100 while scoring twice. Zak Carroll ran a kickoff return 70 yards straight up the middle for a dramatic touchdown. Brandon Barnett made a leaping grab for a touchdown reception from quarterback Kidder McKee, while McKee also added a rushing touchdown on a QB bootleg.

– reported by Scott Eilertson

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