Red Knights triumph over White teams in GYF homecoming action Saturday
The Red Knights defeated their White counterparts in the annual Gloucester Youth Football homecoming games, played on Saturday at Gloucester High School.
MITES: Red won 44-20.
For the Red squad, Xavier Washington led the offense with 167 yards rushing and five touchdowns, followed by Nehemiah Merritt (80 yards, TD), Kenley Williams (56 yards, extra point), Christian Burrell (37 yards, TD), Isaiah Ruff (20 yards, extra point), Cameron Machmud (13 yards) and Caleb Kovak (five yards). Josh Seaton led the defense with three tackles and a fumble recovery. Other defensive standouts were Hunter Syro (two tackles, fumble recovery), Caleb West (tackle, forced fumble), Mason Howard (two tackles, two sacks). Howard won the defensive MVP trophy, while Washington was named offensive MVP. Tanner Collier won offensive lineman of the game, and Josh Startt won the award for the defensive line. Cheerleading trophy winners for the Red team were Taylor Hawkey, Keoni Stubbs, Ainslee Brown and McKayah Stubbs.
The White Knights’ offense was led by offensive MVP Daniel Giles who ran for 88 yards, two TDs and an extra point. Caleb French added 44 yards and an extra point while Tripp Roady ran a kickoff back for a touchdown. Garrett Applegate won the offensive lineman award. The defense was led by the defensive MVP French who totaled seven tackles. Michael Fisk who was named best defensive lineman, also had seven tackles. Ethan Baker registered five tackles, while Reagan Perkins, Jacob Stackler, Austin Ayers, Gaige Davidson and Roady had four tackles each. Other outstanding defensive performances were turned in by first-year player Chandler Belvin, Jason Zepernick and John Marshall.
MIGHTY MITES: Red won 14-12.
Juwan Thornton led the Red offense with 77 yards rushing, five carries and a touchdown. Isaiah Lester gained nine yards and scored the other TD. Lester also went 2-for-2 in passing for 26 yards to Jhamal Gray, who also added an extra point. J.D. Castleberry contributed 37 yards on three carries. Darius Gatson added 10 yards on two carries and an extra point. William Broughman had 34 yards on six carries running behind outstanding blocking. The Red Knights’ defense, meanwhile, held the White team scoreless in the first half. Castleberry, the defensive MVP, had a team-leading seven tackles, followed by Clayton Craig with five tackles. Gray and Lester added four tackles each; Lester also had a crucial fumble recovery to end the game. Ty Clements, Carson Lowther and Juwan Thornton (offensive MVP), and Broughman added three tackles each. Evan Johnson and Lowther were named outstanding offensive and defensive linemen, respectively.
For the White team, Tri Cartright led the offense with 115 yards and two touchdowns, winning the offensive MVP. He also made 11 tackles on defense. Mike Lawson was named the offensive line MVP. Ryan Baker had 40 yards and seven tackles. Jalen Gardner added 10 yards and eight tackles, winning the defensive MVP. Jerimiah Schaffer had seven tackles to take the defensive line MVP trophy. Maurice Hudgins had 10 yards and made two tackles, while Zach Perkins had five yards and two tackles. Others contributing with tackles were Noah Iveson (seven), Tanner Baker (three), Sebastian Harris (four), Riley Payne and Seth Gornick (one tackle each). Most spirited cheerleaders were Kylie Fisk, Saleemah Gregory, Mikaela Thomas and Isabella Paige.