Jr. Wildcats Jr. Midgets win second straight title
Three Whitney Jr. Wildcats’ squads went head-to-head for the Sierra Football and Cheer 2012 Football Championships with the Jr. Midges emerging with their second-straight crown Nov. 17.
The Jr. Wildcats’ Jr. Midgets dedicated the game to their former student/coach Christian Daniels who lost his life this summer in a motorcycle accident. The team wore socks with CD9 to commemorate Daniels and the No. 9 he wore as a football player at Whitney High School.
“This is truly a remarkable group of young men both on and off the field. Their back-to-back championship seasons and classroom achievements exemplify the dedication and commitment of this team,” said head coach Jeff Cavarra. “I am amazed by these 26 individuals who fit together seamlessly. Kudos to the parents who have done such a great job with these young men.”
To make their Division I, 20-0, championship victory even sweeter, the parents of Christian Daniels also attended the game.
Jason Sanchez scored two touchdowns in the contest and Justin Kraft one. The Jr. Wildcats’ Nick Eaton set up one of Sanchez’s score on a 60-yard pass from Cole Cavarra.
To reach the championship game, the Jr. Midgets crushed Cosumnes Oaks 32-0 in the semifinal game the week before. The 11-0 champions outscored their opponents 316-27 during this season’s campaign to extend their winning streak to 21 games.
The Jr. Wildcats put a scare into the eventual Division I champion Folsom Jr. Bulldogs before falling 16-8.
The Whitney club took a 2-0 lead over the unbeaten Jr. Bulldogs when the Ethan Patterson-led defense caught Folsom in the end zone for a safety. The Jr. Dawgs began to sweat when Joey Souto ran 20-yards for a TD to give the Jr. ‘Cats an 8-0 lead at halftime.
After Folsom tied the game 8-8 in the third, the two clubs settled down to a defensive battle. Facing a fourth-and-17 with minutes left in the game, the Jr. Bulldogs turned a broken play into a score for the victory.
The JW Jr. PeeWees earned a berth in the championship game by making a goal-line stand against the Rocklin Jr. Thunder in the Division I semifinal game.
In Division II, the Jr. Wildcats went up against a team they had beaten 28-0 earlier in the year but a broken play helped the Vista Jr. Eagles earn a 12-6 victory.
Played at Del Oro, the Jr. Eagles turned a miscue on the final play into a 30-yard touchdown.
The Jr. Wildcats came into the game on the strength of a 20-0 victory over Woodcreek’s Jr. Timberwolves in the semifinal game.
“Our organization is thrilled with the success enjoyed by our football teams this season,” said Jr. Wildcats President Christopher Herren. “The camaraderie displayed by all of our teams has been fun to watch.”
Whitney Jr. Wildcats
Sierra Football and Cheer
2012 Football Championships
Jr. Midgets – Jr. Wildcats 20, Sac High Jr. Dragons 0
_ Additional reporting courtesy of the Whitney Jr. Wildcats organization