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Enumclaw Junior Hornets earn sweep

The Enumclaw Junior Hornets football teams traveled to Wilson High School Saturday to play their third game of the season. On a picturesque summer day, the fourth- through eighth-grade teams pulled off a rare five-game sweep on the road in Tacoma against the Norwest Rams.

In the debut of a newly created division for second- and third-grade peewees, the youngest Junior Hornets traveled to Franklin Pierce to take on the Parkland Raiders. Henry Crawford scored the Hornets’ lone touchdown on a sweep to the right side.

There were also touchdown saving tackles by Beau Ward and Zeke Salgado. Overall, it was a stout defensive battle that ended up tied 6-6.

The fourth grade Junior Hornets set the tone for the day at Wilson High School, blasting the Rams 32-6.

The Hornets’ defense held the Rams to negative total yards, forcing four turnovers, including an interception by Dylan Salter.

On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Joe Cleveland ran for two TDs, complemented by a great effort by the offensive line.

In the fifth-grade game, the Junior Hornets won 30-16 and had four touchdowns. Quarterback Charlie Fisher, wide receiver Tyler Feddema and running backs Layne Boies and Keegan Sutter all found the end zone. Austin Howard recovered a fumble and Feddema kicked three extra points.

In search of their first win of the season, the Junior Hornets’ sixth-grade team  put the clamps on the Rams’ offense. Suffocating them throughout the game, the Hornets ended the game with a rare shutout, emerging with a 25-0 victory. On the offensive side of the ball, the O-line dominated the Rams’ D-line, allowing running back Ben Pozun to run for four touchdowns.

The seventh-grade Junior Hornets found themselves in the closest battle of the afternoon. Henry Henken hauled in a pass and ran 75 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Joe Flanigan added the second touchdown with a 5-yard bootleg to paydirt. Brandon Howard came up with a big interception on defense to keep the Rams in check, and Matthew Dion contributed multiple key plays for the Hornets’ defense to seal the deal 12-6.

“Unleash the swarm” was the mantra for the eighth-grade team as they came out seeking revenge from a tough loss versus the Rams last season. Running back Mason Fend scored on the Hornets’ first possession to put them up 6-0 early in the game. Michael Pedreira caught a rollout pass from QB Matt Funkhouser and broke two tackles on his way down the sideline 60 yards for the second touchdown of the game. Fullback Kione Gill carried the rock multiple times during a third quarter drive and ultimately plowed into the end zone to go ahead to push the Hornets’ lead to 20-6. Linebacker Jake Gehri had a clutch interception in the fourth quarter which led to Holden Bergquist’s 5-yard touchdown run. Tanner Chase added 2 extra points, aiding in a final score and victory of 27-13.

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Scott Eilertson

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