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49ers end RJFL season on top
Oct 4, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Two second quarter touchdowns lifted the 49ers to a 12-0 victory over the Packers for the Riverton Junior Football League title Wednesday.
The league is for fifth- and sixth-graders. The 49ers finished the season with a 7-0 record. The Packers ended the year at 4-2. The game consists of 15 plays a quarter.
The 49ers knocked off the Packers 14-0 two weeks ago in a regular season battle.
"All year our kids have just hit hard on both sides of the ball," 49ers head coach Cody Beers said.
The Bears beat the Cowboys in the third-place game before the championship game.
"I thought that we played a pretty good title game," Packers head coach Danny Watson said. "It was a hard hitting game on both sides of the ball."
Lander had two teams and Shoshoni fielded one to round out the RJFL.
"It was a balanced league this year," Watson said.
Beers said the 49ers have all kinds of respect for what Danny Watson does for RJFL and the kids.
The Chiefs blanked the Patriots 6-0 in the third- and fourth-grade title game Tuesday.
49ers 12, Packers 0
After a scoreless first quarter, the 49ers got on the scoreboard when quarterback Alek Phifer hit Frankie Miller on a 17-yard touchdown pass.
The 49ers ran the ball for the extra point, while the Packers kept Caden Werbelow out of the end zone. In RJFL, a run on the extra point is worth one point.
Later in the quarter, the 49ers scored on a 7-yard reverse from Kyler Green.
On the play, lineman Price Millward and Werbelow blocked for Green.
"Kyler made a heck of a cut on the play," Beers said. "He had two guys hanging on him. He reached for the end zone and got there. It was a great run."
The Packers stopped the 49ers on a run attempt to keep it a 12-0 game at the break.
"They (49ers) had two big plays against us," Watson said.
"The 49ers block and run very well."
Carson Lee had an interception in the second half for the 49ers, and defensive lineman Leo Riley recovered three fumbles in the game.
Hayden Wempen anchored the defense for the Packers from his linebacker position.
"Hayden is one of our big hitters," Watson said. "Hayden is going to be around the ball 99 percent of the time."
Wempen was the center on offense and squared off against 49ers noseguard Kyle Yellowbear all game long.
"Kyle really shut down the inside running game," Beers said.
The Packers changed their offense against Lander to prepare for the 49ers in the title game.
"We went to the wishbone. We probably didn't get the ball to one of our guys that we should have," Watson said.
The rest of the 49ers were Nathanial Pereda, Holden Yorgason, Michael Larsen, Mason Hyatt, Thomas Althoff, Littlesun Felter, Jayden Whiteplume, Johnny Miller and Teagan Curl.
The assistant coaches for the 49ers were Wade Werbelow, Randy Curl, Dale Yorgason and Bruce Tippets.