CUMBERLAND — Fullback Carter Swan ran 14 times for 249 yards and four touchdowns and the Personal Best/Hartley’s Pizza Patriots capped an undefeated season by beating the Oakland Rams 25-6 in the Cumberland Area Youth Football League’s Division II Little Super Bowl at Greenway Avenue Stadium.
Swan, later named the game’s most valuable player, broke free up the middle for 49 yards to score on the Patriots’ second possession of the first quarter. He scored on a 60-yard run in the second quarter, a 48-yard run in the third and a 42-yard run in the fourth.
Jayden Stubbs added 72 yards on 12 carries and excelled defensively for the Patriots, who finished the year 9-0. Braeden Askins ran seven times fo 28 yards and scored on a conversion run in the second quarter.
J.T. Stevenson had four tackles and an interception, while Swan, Shakur Trimble, Wyatt Brehm, Robert Twigg, Colten Crabtree, Isaiah Plummer, Walker Appel and Amedeus Swindle all led the defensive charge. The Patriots led in total offense 351 yards to 79.
While every player contributed offensively, Trimble, Jakobe Jackson, Bailey Wracthford, Jaden Haines and Jacob Kline were successful opening holes along the line.
Hayden McLaughlin scored for Oakland on a 21-yard run in the second quarter.
Brandon Mersing and Jim Lucas excelled for the Rams, who had 7-2 record.
Northern’s Peyton Carr and Oakland’s Brandon Mersing were the Division II’s Most Valuable Players for the season. Northern’s Ben Sisler won the Chester Payne Coaches Dedication Award.
Poling, Hamilton lead Red to all-star game win
RIDGELEY, W.Va. — Brayden Poling made the most of three carries, running for 202 yards and three touchdowns, to lead the Red to a 50-11 win over the Blue in the Cumberland Area Youth Football League’s Division I all-star game.
Poling had touchdown runs of 64 and 73 yards in the first quarter and had a 65-yard touchdown sprint in the second for the Red, which led 38-3 at halftime.
Logan Johnson had the longest touchdown run, 95 yards, for the Red. Skylar Crawford had a 36-yard touchdown run, Daidai Garland a 30-yard TD run and Luke Hamilton a 22-yard run to paydirt for the winners.
Ian DeWitt scored on a 58-yard run and Tattum Logsdon kicked a 27-yard field goal for the Blue.
Garland ran four times for 82 yards for the Red.
Josh Sanders, Brady Ours, Ricky Alexander and J.C. Cousins excelled on the offensive line for the Red. Luke Hamilton had a game-high 12 tackles for the Red, with Christian Ravenscroft, Kaleb Harden and Gabe Logsdon getting five each. Harden had an interception and Wayne Greason recovered a fumble.
DeWitt and Tyler Durst had five tackles for the Blue. DeWitt also recovered a fumble.
Most valuable players were chosen from both teams. For the Red, Poling, of the Personal Best/Hartley’s Pizza Patriots, was the offensive MVP and Hamilton, also of the Patriots, was the defensive MVP.
For the Blue, Logsdon, of the Braddock Warriors, was the offensive MVP and DeWitt, of the Oakland Rams, was the defensive MVP.
Northern’s Ben Sisler won the Coaches Dedication Award and the League Memorial Award went to Braddock’s Josh Shirey, exemplifying sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of football.