BRUINS finish regular season on high note

Eight-year-old BRUIN Jordan Silvers carries the ball during a recent game against the Northridge Knights.

The Westside BRUINS youth football teams finished the regular season with four of the five teams winning their games Saturday against the Watts Saints. The Valley Conference playoffs are next with two undefeated BRUINS teams, the 10-11 year-old Tiny Mites and the 13-14 year-old Midgets, earning number one seeds in their divisions. The Midgets have an 18-game winning streak that has spanned three seasons. This week, BRUINS youth football players and cheerleaders will be special guests of UCLA head coach Carl Dorrell at his team’s football practice.

Senior Clinic (Ages 7-8)

The Senior Clinic BRUINS won handily 26-18. Coach Tim Parker said the victory was a result of a coordinated effort from the offensive line to open holes for their running backs. He complemented tackles by Tony Sall and William Hodjate, guards Bryce Beaton and Kerns Churchill and center Ceriaco Santiseban for their efforts. Tight end Jonathan Kramer also made some impressive blocks to help the team. John Schaar was named defensive player of the game. Jordan Silvers scored three of the four touchdowns, with Eddie Johnstone getting the other one. Defensive standouts include Spencer Silvers, Tony Rogari, Dylan Miller, Kris and John Keach, Connor McMahan and Colby Parker.

Gremlin (Ages 9-10)

Coach Perry Klein’s squad played one of their most exciting games of the year as they tied the league-leading Saints 14-14 with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. It was heartbreak time though, as the Saints completed a 20-yard pass play with just seconds left for the go-ahead score.

Tiny Mite (Ages 10-11)

As it’s been each week, Ted Baker’s boys held their opponent to one score or less as they ran and passed for three touchdowns, winning 18-6. The Tiny Mites have gone undefeated and are the National League champions. It was D’Anthony Thomas (two touchdowns) and Lawrence Villasenor who provided the scoring punch. Julian Harrison and James Menefield were named defensive co-players of the game.

Pee Wee (Ages 12-13)

Last year’s conference runner-up finished the season with a 3-3 record and await the outcome of the Northridge/Pasadena and Chatsworth games to see who will become the last wild card chosen in the Upper Round playoffs. Saturday’s game was never in question with new quarterback Vincent Lawrence running for a score and passing to his three favorite targets, J.P. O’Fallon, Jordan Benton and Zack Davis.

Midget (Ages 13-14)

The BRUINS won by forfeit.