• PeeWees and Junior Midgets split games against MatSu at home
By Sean Pearson
Homer’s Pop Warner football teams split games against the MatSu Steelers at the Homer Middle School football field on Sunday. And scores for both games were a little more than lopsided when it came to scoring.
PeeWee seventh-grader Joe Ravin turned plenty of Steeler heads, racking up four touchdowns and 260 yards in the Homer win.
Ravin credits his performance to many things, including his pre-game ritual preparations.
“Well, I always have a mocha double-shot before my games to get me going,” he explained. “It was a home game, so I felt it pretty important to show my friends, family, etc. just how exciting the game could be.”
Nevertheless, Ravin insisted the game was not all because of his talent on the field.
“I had some really good blocking in the first half,” he said. “And, thanks to some sweeps to the outside and a fun trick play coach taught us, I was in the end zone four times.”
Ravin thinks his Raiders squad will go far this year, pointing out how well they work together and communicate with each other.
“I think I did great, but the rest of the team worked just as hard,” he said. “Ethan Pitzman was definitely our defensive star.”
The Raiders Junior Midget team had a bit more of a struggle against the Steelers, falling 34-0 in a game marred by turnovers, and a distinctive size disadvantage.
Raider Justin Sumption, who plays wide receiver on offense and strong safety on defense, said his team definitely had some trouble getting started.
“And those guys from the Valley sure seemed awful big,” he explained. “We practiced on Tuesday, and will have another on Thursday, but it’s hard to do during the first week of school.”
Both Raider teams travel to Anchorage this weekend for games at Clark Middle School.
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