Super performances: Raiders, Chargers win 5th, 6th grade Super Bowls
Things didn’t always go right for Camden Dottson in Tuesday’s Mesa County Junior Football Association 5th grade Super Bowl.
But, under the lights at Stocker Stadium, the West Raiders’ defensive back/running back made the most of his chances and the results were better than he expected in a 24-6 win over the Redlands Chargers.
Dottson finished with two passing touchdowns and one running touchdown.
“He’s got a lot of skill,” Raiders coach Will Jones said. “He’s just a good kid.”
The only touchdown the team had that wasn’t a result of Dottson’s playmaking was the first.
On the Raiders’ first offensive play of the game, Beau Thorton ran the ball 64 yards to the left side for a touchdown with 6:38 left in the first quarter.
The Raiders tried running in the ball on all four point-after conversions, but were stopped short each time.
The Raiders scored again with 6:43 left in the second on a double pass.
Dottson caught a lateral pass from Brett Scoggins, then threw the ball to Max Marsh, who was open deep on the right side for a 41-yard touchdown.
In the second half, the Raiders again got on the board early.
On the second play of the half, Dottson scored on a 51-yard run to the right.
On the play, Dottson was supposed to hand it off, but missed.
“I didn’t get the ball to him so I took it myself and ran,” Dottson said.
Dottson again took to the air for the Raiders’ final touchdown early in the 4th quarter when he hit Kade Christensen with an 8-yard pass.
“I was going to pass it to some other people, but he was in the end zone,” Dottson said.
The Chargers’ only touchdown came in the second quarter.
Zack Rush scored on a 2-yard run, capping a 40-yard drive, but the two-point conversion wasn’t successful. The touchdown tied it 6-6 with 9:57 in the second quarter.
Coming into the 6th grade Super Bowl, West Chargers coach Sean Kriedler tried to stress the importance of a second straight victory for the team, which won last year’s 5th grade Super Bowl.
“We were really big on defending our title,” Kriedler said. “We said ‘We’re the only team out here that has a chance to defend our title and don’t let them take that from us,’ and they went out there and they didn’t let them take it.”
The Chargers beat the East Bears 26-19 and the game came down to a final drive.
The Chargers got the first lead of the game with 4:18 left in the first quarter when Tyler Boggs took a handoff 18 yards up the middle of the field.
The Chargers, who used a mix of runs and passes from Canon Kriedler to move the ball, scored again with 8:43 left in the second on a 14-yard run by Trey Morrill. A kick by Jackson Cesark made it 14-0.
The Bears’ Gavin Brown caught the following kickoff at the 45-yard line and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.
The Chargers went three-and-out on their next drive, which ended with a sack that gave the Bears possession on the Chargers’ 17.
On the first pass of the drive, Derek Shaver hit Cage Blackburn for 9 yards. On third and one, Shaver tossed a touchdown to Kaden Colborn to narrow the score to 14-12 with 52 seconds left in the half.
“They’ve got great athletes and are coached well, so we knew it was going to be battle,” Sean Kriedler said.
The Chargers came out firing again in the second half. With four minutes left, Canon Kriedler hit Zach Coutts with a pass to make it 20-12. They scored again on a 4-yard run by Kriedler with 7:45 left in the game.
But once again, the Bears, who had a 55-yard touchdown run called back in the third quarter, came roaring back.
On the drive after Kriedler’s touchdown, Shaver started with a 20-yard pass to Gavin Brown that got the ball to the Chargers’ 34-yard line. After an illegal procedure call, an incomplete pass and a sack, Brown had an 18-yard run.
On 4th and 4, Shaver threw a pass to Kayden Siriani on the left side, who ran it in for the 36-yard touchdown. Siriani caught the conversion pass to make it 26-19 with 1:58 left.
The Bears then forced the Chargers to go three-and-out but the Chargers’ defense kept them out of the end zone to repeat.