Area Pop Warner football teams competing in the Foundation for Youth Development League kept logging victories on their ledgers in Week Four.
The North Manatee Storm, East Manatee Bulldogs and Manatee Mustangs were especially impressive this past Saturday.
The Storm ran out three victories -- all via shutout -- in four games in Wauchula Hardee. In the Mitey Mite division, the Storm bested the Hardee Wildcats 13-0 behind Kobe Murrell's two-touchdown game. Demarius Smith and Tommy Mercado aided the rushing attack, while the defense generated three fumble recoveries by Dalton Ausborn, Calin Heath and Asa Watkins. The defense, highlighted by Jayden Dunbar, Dirk Hernandez, Anthony Mack, Troy Perales, Landon Pizano, Jesse Rupert, Jonathan Syles and T.J. Thomas, also paved the way for their first shutout this season.
In the Pee Wee division, the Storm ran over the Wildcats 20-0 with Josh Siplin and Robert Galvin, Jr. scoring touchdowns behind quarterback Alex Petitfrere's guidance under center. Zack Sampley had a team-high seven sacks, while Charquatiuz Smith (two interceptions) and Andrew Rumph (one interception) collected turnovers for the defense. Colby Smith returned a punt for a score with Sampley converting a point-after-attempt kick to round out the special teams play.
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And in the Unlimited division, the Storm received a 176-yard rushing effort with four touch
downs from Johnny Jones en route to a 36-0 victory. The other score came on a 60-yard Clyde Townsend punt return. On defense, Townsend and Donovan Ausborn recorded six tackles apiece. Jackson Gaylor (interception), Jackson Dietz (three tackles for a loss) and Brandon Waiters (three tackles for a loss) chipped in, while Vaughn Hayes converted three extra points on special teams.
The East Manatee Bulldogs demolished its competition in four victories out of five games Saturday at Lakewood Ranch Park.
Battling the South Tampa Titans, the Bulldogs won their four matchups by a 128-6 margin. In the 28-0 Mitey Mite victory, the Bulldogs received a 55-yard score from Kevin Everhart, a 34-yard touchdown catch by Issac Ashley and Tavon Derisma's scores on a 43-yard and 21-yard punt return. Derisma also converted each with a two-point conversion. Luke Pettita anchored a defense that witnessed a Lucas Caraher interception to seal the shutout.
For the Pee Wees, Markel McWhite joined Corbin Blackstone, Robby Goecker and Cameron Heald with scores in the 28-0 blowout -- the team's third shutout this term.
The Bulldogs registered another victory, a 34-6 triumph, in the Junior Midget division behind Dionte McFarland's two scores and Colin Apgar's rushing effort.
The Junior Pee Wees claimed a 38-0 shutout, while the Unlimited division team fell 26-14.
For the Unlimited division squad, Brandon Dossey led the defense with two fumble recoveries while Tyler Burnham, Cameron White, Drew Mitts, Jadarion Mann and Quinn York added one fumble recovery to go with two tackles apiece in a game dominated by turnovers. Phil Nguyen had a sack and led the team with four tackles. Other credited tacklers were Dakota Hunt, Roger Whobrey, Danyel Black and Napoleon Harris.
White scored the two TDs in the losing effort for the Bulldogs, who dropped to 3-1 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs traveled to Lennard High School in Ruskin to face the South Shore Longhorns. The result was a clean sweep in several routs. The Mustangs won by a 123-8 margin in five wins. The Mitey Mites won 28-0, the Junior Pee Wees won 37-0, the Pee Wees won 18-0, the Junior Midgets won 26-0 and the Unlimited division team won 14-8.
The other two county programs were in action at home. At the Palmetto Youth Center, the Palmetto Trojans split four games with the East Tampa Bandits. They won the Unlimited division 20-7 and the Junior Midget division by forfeit. The Mitey Mites (14-7) and Junior Pee Wees (19-7) were losses.
The Manatee Wildcats hosted the Carrollwood Hurricanes at G.T. Bray park, and claimed three wins: the Mitey Mites (31-0), Junior Pee Wees (13-12) and Unlimited division (24-12). The losses came in the Pee Wees (22-18) and Junior Midgets (34-0).
Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill.