On Saturday, Nov. 2, Weaverville/Douglas City Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Flag Football League sponsored by Velocity Communications continued its season with the fifth set of games for the 2019 season. Games this past week were played at Trinity High School’s football field and were led off at 10 a.m. in the JV Division. The Weaverville Dawgs coached by Jesse Ragan hosted their in-town rival the Weaverville Bucks coached by DeWayne Reuman. The Dawgs came out on top in this one 36-0 but the game was closer than it seemed with the majority of the snaps coming between the 35s. Both teams struggled to move the ball consistently, but the Dawgs offensive playbook was deeper, and it showed on multiple fourth downs. On first through third down the Bucks stymied the Dawgs up-tempo offense. They stretched runs to the sideline and were always in the right spots when the Dawgs decided to throw the ball. But on fourth down the Bucks couldn’t catch a break; the Dawgs would call a reverse or an option pitch and take it to the house. Donovan Schneider led the Dawgs in scoring with 26 of their 36 points. Although the Bucks didn’t score, Braelynn Williams and Dean Reuman had stand-out performances on both sides of the ball forcing the Dawgs to play at 100 percent to the final whistle.

The next game of the day took place at 11 a.m. in the Pee-Wee Division between the Weaverville Red Rovers coached by George Seele and the visiting Hayfork Orange Crush coached by Johnny Castellanos. It was the Red Rovers who came out on top in this one winning a nail-biter 26-21. Neither team struggled to move the ball and score points but they chose to do it in opposite ways. The Orange Crush leaned on their two-back run game, sweeping back and forth across the field before Blake Sullivan (18 total points) would take the ball over the goal line for 6 points. The Red Rovers however chose to move the ball through the air. Quarterback Dacin Hames would take the snap, drop back three steps, then fire the ball to his receiver Grady Seele (26 total points) on a swing pass allowing Seele to weave down the field on his way to the end zone.

Following that game at 11:45 a.m. was another JV Division match-up. The Weaverville Dawgs coached by Jesse Ragan drew the doubleheader this week and this time they matched up with the Hayfork Sapphire Tropics coached by Johnny Castellanos. The Dawgs came out on top in this one riding their offensive momentum from the first game but the Sapphire Tropics wouldn’t allow this one to get too out of hand. Donovan Schneider continued to light up the scoreboard with 18 more points but he had to work much harder for these ones. In the first game he had lots of break-away runs to score his points. In this one the Dawgs offense matriculated their way down the field before they gave the ball to Schneider close to the goal line and let him sneak around the edge. The Sapphire Tropics were able to get a score late in the game with a Payton Flower receiving touchdown. Quarterback Tatem Wiley faked a run to the left then found Flower running back across the field for a long reception.

The fourth game of the day was a Pee-Wee battle between the Weaverville Red Rovers coached by George Seele and the Hayfork Red Mambas coached by Johnny Castellanos at 12:45 p.m. The Red Mambas were missing lots of key players from their team and the Red Rovers seized the opportunity. The Red Rovers ran up and down the field with four different players each scoring at least a touchdown on their way to a 37-0 victory. Matthew Maze led all scorers with 14 total points. Although the Red Mambas didn’t find the end zone, they had players get experience that will become valuable once the Championship Weekend rolls around.

The final game of the day was a Varsity Division showdown at 1:30 p.m. between the Weaverville Wolves coached by Shawn Williamson and the visiting Hayfork Jr. Jacks coached by Nate Jessee. The Wolves won this game 34-14 but this was another game where the scoreboard doesn’t quite tell the whole story. The Jr. Jacks opened up the game with a flea-flicker to Troy Hair for a touchdown, but the Wolves quickly answered back with six of their own to Coby McCoy.  Both teams then traded punts multiple times before the Wolves rattled off two more scores to hold a 20-6 lead at the intermission. After the break the Jr. Jacks got a stop, then drove down the field and scored to cut the lead to 20-14. Unfortunately for the Jr. Jacks this is the closest they would get for the rest of the game. The Wolves found paydirt two more times before the end of the game to round out the scoring. Both teams will meet one more time before playing in the championship game on Nov. 16. Coby McCoy led the Wolves in scoring with 14 total points followed closely by Matt Smith with 12 of his own. For the Jr. Jacks, Troy Hair and Devin Nanez each scored once to share the scoring load for their team.

Standings (through Week 5)    

Pee-Wee Division    W    L

Hayfork Red Mambas    4    1

Weaverville Red Rovers    3    3

Hayfork Orange Crush    1    4        JV Division    W    L

Weaverville Dawgs    6    0

Hayfork Sapphire Tropics    2    3

Trinity Bucks    0    5        Varsity Division    W    L

Hayfork Jr. Jacks    3    2

Weaverville Wolves    2    3       

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