Commentary | Another successful Saturday for Pop Warner teams

September 11, 2012 

It was another week in Pop Warner Football, and another Saturday where local teams walked away with victories in various age divisions.

The East Manatee Bulldogs won its Junior Midget game with a 30-0 rout of the Pinellas Park Rebels.

Keyon Fordham scored on runs from 42 and 38 yards. Jernard Porter, Jr. added a 2-yard touchdown run, and caught a 32-yard TD from quarterback Cody Staton.

Staton chipped in three 2-point conversion kicks, while the Bulldogs received defensive efforts from its leading tacklers, Matthew Strauss and Chase Knopf.

Strauss also had an interception.

The triumph was of particular importance in only the third week of play, because the Bulldogs squad earned its third consecutive victory over its Division II South Conference rivals. The undefeated conference mark means the club clinched the No. 1-seed from the South Conference.

The Bulldog Junior Midget team wasn't the only one to nab a victory on Saturday. Other teams that won included: the Manatee Wildcats' Mitey Mites (26-6 over the North Manatee Storm), Junior Pee Wees (33-12 over the Storm) and Midgets (32-12 over the Storm); the North Manatee Storm's Pee Wees (46-0 over the Wildcats); the

Manatee Mustangs' Junior Pee Wees (18-8 over the South Pasco Predators), Pee Wees (20-0 over Predators) and Midgets (36-6 over the South Tampa Titans); the Palmetto Trojans' Mitey Mites (12-6 over Hardee Wildcats), Pee Wees (26-6 over Hardee Wildcats) and Midgets (26-0 over the St. Petersburg Silver Raiders).

Seven different players scored a touchdown in leading the North Manatee Storm's Pee Wee team past the Manatee Wildcats 46-0. Rory Houston, Dajor Murrell, John Jones, Jared Richardson, Chris Gillum, Jacob Graham and Josh Dennie hit pay dirt for the Storm as they improved to 3-0 on the season.

Meanwhile, the club received standout defensive games from Jakir Fordham, Gage Clark, Dainon Harker, Oladayo Kolawole and Harrison Fuller as that side of the ball produced two turnovers that resulted in TDs. The Wildcats didn't record a first down, according to a news release. Vaughn Hayes supplied two PATs for the Storm.

However, there were some defeats, too.

The East Manatee Bulldogs' Pee Wee team entered Saturday's action unbeaten, but ended up dropping its first game of the 2012 season 19-0 to the Pinellas Park Rebels.

The host Rebels scored on two straight first-half drives, and the Bulldogs couldn't rebound from the early deficit.

"The game was closer than the score indicates," Bulldogs assistant coach Kevin Barker said in a news release.

"We had some chances in the first half to score. We just couldn't covert today. Overall, the more physical team won."

East Manatee linebackers Ryan Brown and Peyton Jula led the club on defense.

Jula recorded an interception on the final drive of the game.

Other area teams that lost on Saturday included: the Manatee Wildcats' Junior Midgets (40-0 to the Silver Raiders); the Mustangs' Mitey Mites (18-6 to the Predators) and Junior Midgets (20-18 to the Predators).

New volleyball league

The Coastline Volleyball Club has a fall volleyball league for girls and boys interested over the next few months.

The 10-12 year old age group has already started with sessions running Wednesdays (6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 12 and 19) and Sundays (12:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 9, 16, 23).

The cost is $100 per player and is located at VolleyFit Sports Academy. Registration is done on-site.

The 13-14s and 15-18s begin at the end of September and each has six sessions.

To register for those groups and for more information, visit coastlinevolleyball.com or email Matthew McElhiney at Piratevball@gmail.com.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at jdill@bradenton.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill

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