Green Chargers receive many contributions in easy win

Youth Scene

October 19, 2011|From Staff Reports

Christopher Soto used his legs and his right arm to lead the Huntington Beach Green Chargers to a 24-6 victory Saturday over the Hacienda Heights Phantoms in Pop Warner Football Mighty Mite Division action at Manzanita Park in Hacienda Heights.

By the time the game had finished, all of Soto's teammates could say they made a contribution.

Soto had touchdown runs of 49, 52 and 30 yards on his way to rushing for 156 yards on just seven carries. He completed two passes — both to Cole Koffler — totaling 29 yards and connected on scoring passes on all three point-after-touchdown attempts. Two of those passes went to Dillon Blake and one to Jake Brown.

"We had an excellent passing game today," Chargers Coach Dareld Karns said. "That's the first time at the Mighty Mite level (ages 8, 9 and 10) where I actually saw the quarterback (Soto) look off a receiver and throw to another guy."


Blake and Brown both had outstanding overall games. Besides the scoring catches on the PAT attempts, Brown also recovered a fumble and Blake added an interception and a touchdown-saving tackle.

Offensively, the Chargers spread it around, getting 52 yards on four carries from Shane Dzwilewski, 19 yards on five carries from Ryan Karns and 13 yards on five carries from Nick Morrell.

Early on, the Chargers appeared well on their way to a blowout. After two long touchdown runs by Soto, both coming on a quarterback bootleg around left end, Dzwilewski took a handoff from the fullback position and burst up the middle for 44 yards before being dragged down at the one-yard-line. Already up, 14-0, in the second quarter, the Chargers decided to try to attempt a field goal and Koffler, who has kicked several PATs this season, split the uprights on a 16-yard attempt to give the Chargers a 17-0 halftime lead.

Except for a Phantoms touchdown on a reverse in the third quarter, the Chargers defense was imposing all game long. Everyone got into the act, including Sean Angelovic, John Chandler, Robert Cronk, Justin Frechette, Jadon Furubotten, Nico Gagnon, Cade Haakenson, Jagger Iovinelli, Mateo Lopez, Shaymus Manning, Ryan Mazza, Dawson Ray, Ivan Soto, Tanner Stoffal and Nixon Wiltfong. Trey Tadevic, sidelined because of a concussion, was an inspiration from the bench.

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