• PeeWees fall after losing quarterback early
By Sean Pearson
Homer’s Pop Warner Raiders unlimited team exacted a bit of revenge against the Palmer Steelers with a 45-12 stomping on Sunday at the Homer High School field.
“That was a great win for us,” said Homer Coach Bryan Mann. “The Steelers beat us early in the season, so this was redemption.”
Raiders Jamie Rios and Justin Sumption connected on four touchdown passes, while Wyatt Alborn ran in three touchdowns.
“Our boys played a great game,” said Mann. “Defense was huge for us in this game, and our line did an amazing job on both offense and defense.”
Raider Dawson Felde pulled down three interceptions for the game.
“What impressed me most was our team’s attitude,” Mann said. “These guys played with dignity and integrity in a really intense game. They never stopped and they never lost their cool. They have really grown as a team.”
Homer’s PeeWee team didn’t fare quite as well against the Steelers, falling 0-38 to the larger Palmer squad; but it wasn’t without good cause.
PeeWee team leader and quarterback Ethan Pitzman was out of commission early in the game after suffering a blow to the head.
According to Ethan’s mom, Stephanie Pitzman, this was the second incident in the past week, so both parents decided to have Ethan sit out for the rest of the game.
Pitzman’s PeeWee teammates certainly felt the impact of his absence, as they appeared to self-destruct in the remaining three quarters.
Increased awareness in concussion-related injuries this year has prompted many coaches and parents to err on the side of caution.
“It’s hard for the kids to understand, because they just want to play,” Pitzman explained. “But, in the end, it’s just not worth taking that risk.”
Both Raider teams are scheduled to host the Soldotna Saints in two weeks at the Homer High School field.
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