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Tackles and touchdowns: Youth football back in action

Third grade team gets third straight shutout
Braxton Ernst runs through Bloomfield's defense on Saturday. (Courtesy Kristianna Bartel)

Teams from the Durango Youth Football League won three of the four games they played Saturday.

The third grade team earned its third win in a row by defeating Bloomfield, 26-0. Tobias Romero was able to find the end zone three times behind some outstanding blocking from Kingston Armenta, Camden Bates, Julian Garcia, Jacoby Thompson and Bubba Whalen. The defense, meanwhile, kept Bloomfield out of the end zone for its third shutout in a row. The defense had solid showings from Colt Bartel and Colton Espinoza. Carter Lopez and Colton Ludeman also forced forced timely turnovers.

The fourth grade team continued to fight an uphill battle and suffered new injuries. The team fell to Farmington 53-0. Levi Schwettman had a 50-yard run in the game but came up just short of the end zone. Ely Pinto recovered a fumble recovered by Ely Pinto and quarterback Liam Landers made a huge effort.

The fifth grade team won a tight game against Bloomfield, 6-0. The D-line held strong against a bigger Bloomfield squad. J.C. Spain knocked down two passes. Other key defensive players included Isaiah Contreras, Brekan Romero and Cole Perkins. Perkins also scored the team’s lone touchdown.

The sixth grade team recorded another win, beating Cortez, 32-0. Despite numerous turnovers, the Demons were able to get rushing scores from Hayes Fancher, Rylan Ernst, Griffin McCroskey and Tyler Hoerl.

Ernst and Hoerl also added to the score with touchdown passes to Tyler Cox and Jerad Lopez. Eli Schmitt, Cash Silva and Jacob Engle all recovered fumbles. Key defensive players included Fancher, Darion Allen, Isaiah McCrady, Jerren Miller-King and McCroskey.

The second grade squad had a bye, but will hit the field at home versus the Farmington Beast on Saturday. The third, fourth and sixth grade teams will also play home games at Miller Middle School Saturday while the fifth graders will travel to Aztec.