The Frank Seale Cubs finished their football season recently with several tough games.
The seventh-grade White team was the only squad to finish its season with a victory as it topped Howard 7-6.
Eli Ruiz and Bryce Fuller ran over the Howard defense for a combined 200 yards rushing. The Cubs ran up and down the field while the offensive line dominated the Howard defensive line.
The entire defense swarmed to the ball all night holding the Knights to less than a 100 yards total. Dylan Turner, Jace Mathis and Brock Chambers were in the backfield all night and had a plethora of tackles for losses.
The eighth-grade White team hosted Danny Jones and the two teams battled to a 12-12 tie.
It was a defensive struggle as the Bulldogs struck first in the early going leading 12-0. The Cubs had their own game plan and it was all about the turnovers.
Drake Girard started the turnover onslaught with an interception returned for a touchdown. Following the touchdown, the Cubs executed a phenomenal onside kick, recovering the ball.
The Cubs' forced two turnovers, one in which the Cubs capitalized on a Dylan Murphy 96-yard scamper. Not only did Murphy score, but he intercepted a bulldog pass to put the offense back in motion.
Defense was key, Titus Mershemer stepped in a did a great job plugging holes, as well as Thomas Kirk, Ryder Cox and Jett Johnson. Dustin Deerfoot refused to be blocked and also had a great game.
The Cubs finished their season by traveling to Howard and lost 26-20.
Howard struck early in the game, getting ahead 7-0. The Cubs didn't back down as they responded with an 80-yard drive to knot the score at 7-7.
That set the tone for the evening as both teams exchanged blows through four quarters of play. Down the stretch with the Cubs down 26-20, Blake Bolgiano connected with Drake Girard to give the Cubs new life inside the 20 with a minute to go. The Cubs moved the ball a little more, but ultimately fell short as the clock wound down.
Standouts offensively for the Cubs were Dylan Murphy and Diego Gonzalez, Bolgiano, Drake Girard, Ross Greiten, Kyle Almond and Scott Redmon. Defensively, the Cubs were led by Deerfoot, Johnson, Ryder Cox, Joseph Getz and Titus Mershimer.
The eighth-grade Blue team lost a hard-fought game against Danny Jones, 25-7.
Will Oliver scored the lone touchdown on a 12-yard run, and the extra point was added by Landry Songer. The Cubs played extremely hard and had several outstanding plays.
Offensively, the Cubs had good performances by Oliver, Alex Sandoval, who had a big 22-yard reception, Songer, Dylan Hipsman and Jadon Bly.
Defensively, the Cubs swarmed to the ball all night with great effort and intensity. Good performances defensively were turned in by Trevor Teague, Bly, Parker Cupp, Bobby McDonald, Jason Kyle, Chris Dickert and Jack Freeman.
The Blue team finished its season with a 31-27 loss to Howard.
The Cubs traded punches with the Knights all night as Landry Songer rushed for more than 100 yards. The entire offensive line dominated the defensive line to open up holes all night.
The highlight of the game was a screen thrown to Trevor Teague, who ran for 35 yards. Alex Sandoval had an interception to get back in the game and did well on kick off returns.
Trent Smilie had a great night rotating in on defense and came up with some big blocks on offense. McDonald and Joe Cisneros both had a great night on the defensive side of the ball, making tackles all over the field.
The seventh-grade Black team lost its season finale to Worley 21-6.
Jonathan Curran and Brian Tabak played great on defense with some great tackles and takeaways.
On Offense, Eli Marjonen ran the ball most of the night with some great runs and are scoring touchdown. The Black team had a great season and ended the year at 3-4.
The seventh-grade Blue team played host to the Howard Knights and lost 37-6.
The Cubs got off to a slow start in the first half, but finished strong. Offensively, the Cubs were sparked by a Brant McLemore 64-yard touchdown. DJ Frizzell also had a strong showing for the offense.
Although the Cubs struggled defensively, great efforts were made by Corbin Smith, Cameron Lipps, Carson Weiss and Ben Pearson.