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Gold Chargers clinch division crown

October 05, 2011|From Staff Reports

In the sixth week of its season, the Huntington Beach Junior Midget Gold Chargers won a championship.

The Gold Chargers improved to 6-0 and clinched their division title and an automatic playoff bid by routing the Pasadena Trojans, 36-8, in Pop Warner Football action in Pasadena on Saturday.

Both teams were 5-0 heading into the game with the league title on the line.

"I have to admit, when the boys started warming up, I was a bit concerned," Gold Chargers Coach David Atencio said. "They looked flat, (had) no energy, it was a long drive and a hot day. But as soon as we started our pre-game chant and they ran onto the field, my fear was immediately calmed. They were in it to win it from the very first hit."

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Huntington's first drive of the game proved successful as quarterback Gasper Ramirez rushed for a touchdown and Michael Pierson followed with a two-point conversion kick. The Gold Chargers got the ball right back when Jacob Price recovered an onside kick. They again worked their way downfield and went up, 14-0, on a five-yard run by Christian Baskharoon.

Ramirez scored on a 15-yard run from a wedge formation executed by Cole Pellkofer, Jack Andros, Patrick Tomich and Brenden O'Connell. Pierson's kick made it 22-0 in the second quarter. Following a score by Pasadena, Baskharoon intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards. That set up a six-yard touchdown run by running back David Atencio, who carried three defenders into the end zone. Pierson's third conversion kick of the half gave the Gold Chargers a 28-8 lead at the intermission.

Quentin Sandoval rushed for Huntington's final touchdown in the third quarter.

The Gold Chargers were led defensively by Ramirez, Atencio, Baskharoon, Andros, Sandoval, Kenny Carmichael, Troy Jacobs and Price, who in addition to recovering an onside kick, had an interception in the fourth quarter.

"Pasadena was the team to beat," Coach David Atencio said. "They were undefeated and they beat us last year for the league championship. The boys kept playing until the final whistle blew and we could hold our helmets high. I'm very proud of everyone's effort."

Huntington takes on Palos Verdes Saturday in nonleague play. The Gold Chargers play a quarterfinal-round playoff game Oct. 15.

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