Junior Midgets compete in Oregon Bowl
Truckees Junior Midgets Pop Warner football team traveled 10 1/2 hours to play in the Oregon Bowl Championships at the University of Oregons Autzen Stadium on Sunday in Eugene.Through heavy rain, the Truckee squad squared off under the stadium lights against the undefeated Marris Dolphins the top Junior Midget team in Oregon.Unfortunately for Truckee, not all its Junior Midget players were able to make it to Oregon, and the Dolphins came out on top by a score of 28-0.If we had all of our players here in Oregon, we could have played a better game, said running back Cole Roberts.Still, it was a game to remember for the young football players.I will never forget this game, quarterback Pat Shaffer said. I dont even know if I will ever play in another stadium like that for the rest of my life.The large scoreboard screen at Autzen Stadium showed replays of all the good plays during the contest, though many fumbles were made by both teams due to the wet, slick conditions.With professional filmers and replays, the experience will forever be in my mind, said middle linebacker Austin Brock.Left defensive end Clayton OConnell echoed that sentiment.Most people dont ever even step foot on the field, but we got to play on it with everyone watching and listening on the radio broadcast, OConnell said.With the Truckee players still overwhelmed by the stadium, the Dolphins scored early in the first quarter. After the touchdown, Truckee seemed to wake up and start playing better football, making it tougher for the Dolphins to move the ball downfield.In the second quarter the Dolphins running back broke through Truckees defense for a long touchdown. Before the end of the half, Truckees Roberts broke five tackles en route to a 60-yard run to the 5-yard line as time expired in the first half, leaving the score at 16-0, Dolphins.The second half of the game was even more wet than the first, causing more fumbles. In all, there was 12 fumbles. It became so cold that Truckee was forced to abandon its passing game and focus solely on running the ball. With the Dolphins keying on Roberts after his big play to end the first half, Truckee started running to the outside with Javier Virrey.Desperately needing a first down on third-and-13, Truckee ran a sweep to the left and broke three tackles, juked two and did a spin move on two more players before finally getting brought down six yards beyond the first down mark.Truckee played well the remainder of the half, but could not manage to find the end zone.I wish we could have won the game but I still had a great time, Virrey said.Strong tackle Willie Kazen agreed.I wish the game lasted forever, Kazen said.