Tobiasson’s TD lifts Chargers to 6th-grade title

Redlands Chargers quarterback Zach Rush bursts through the line Tuesday night in the Chargers’ 22-15 victory over the West Raiders in the Mesa County Junior Football Association’s sixth-grade Super Bowl.

At the goal line, the tackler in black charged Hunter Tobiasson. The previous two runs had been stopped short, both simple pile-ups. But this time, on fourth and goal from the 1, Tobiasson spun.

Touchdown, Redlands Chargers. And crown them Super Bowl champs, too.

It turned out to be the game-winning touchdown with 4 minutes remaining for the Chargers, who defeated the West Raiders, 22-15, on Tuesday at Stocker Stadium for the Mesa County Junior Football Association sixth-grade Super Bowl.

But even after the touchdown, Chargers coach Kevin Carville was not thinking the game was over.

“I was thinking it was a repeat of last year,” he said.

Last season, the Chargers had five turnovers in a 24-6 loss to the Raiders, and their undefeated season was over.

This time, however, Tobiasson found the end zone and, even after a pair of 15-yard penalties on the Raiders’ next drive, managed to stop the Raiders at the Chargers’ 29-yard line as time ran out.

The Chargers finished with a record of 10-0. And the game-winning touchdown also was the game-winning spin. But Tobiasson said he couldn’t have done it without his line.

“I was just hoping that we’d make it in the end zone,” Tobiasson said, “or else we were done.”

Raiders quarterback Brett Scoggins scored on the second play of the second half when he ran off right tackle for a 56-yard touchdown run that put the Raiders ahead 15-8.

But the Chargers answered on the next series with a long run. From Redlands’ own 38, Zach Rush faked a handoff, cut back left, outran the Raiders’ secondary, and, as he seemed to run out of wind at the 15, got one more block and went in for a 62-yard touchdown run.

“I was so tired at the end,” Rush said. “That last block was awesome. I was so happy. Like, ‘Phew.’ “

But on the extra point, the Raiders’ Kade McClaskey darted off the edge, dove and blocked the extra point, keeping the Raiders ahead, 15-14.

Scoggins also got the offense going for the West in the first half. On the Raiders’ first drive, wide receiver Levi Prall ran a fly route, and Scoggins hit him in stride. Prall ran until the Chargers’ Jack Gilfillan caught up, dove and nicked Prall’s heels. Prall stumbled down at the Chargers’ 13-yard line for a 72-yard gain.

Two plays later, Scoggins rolled to his right and threw to Christian Dennis in the flat for an 18-yard touchdown. The Raiders led 7-0.

But the Chargers answered in the final minute of the first half. After Rush was stopped for a loss of two yards, the Chargers, facing a fourth-and-goal at the four-yard line, scored when Tobiasson was hit at the two-yard line and lunged into the end zone. The Chargers led 8-7 with 1:06 remaining in the second quarter.

Little did Tobiasson know, it was far from his most important goal-line plunge.


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