Livermore Junior Football League
Steelers 13, Saints 8: Highlights: In a tough defensive game, the Steelers defeated the Saints. The game started with the Steelers forcing the Saints to punt on their first drive. After taking over near midfield, Steelers quarterback Jason Frost scrambled 44-yards for the game's first touchdown. Saints defensive/special teams standout Nate Redditt blocked the extra point to keep the score at 6-0. Redditt was a force on defense, creating havoc with quarterback sacks and several tackles for losses. In the second quarter, the Steelers intercepted a pass deep in Saints territory. Steelers running back Tai Phan rushed for 28 yards on the ensuing scoring drive and scored on a 10-yard run. Grant Riddiough kicked the extra point. The half ended with the Steelers Brian Mahoney intercepting a pass, which ended a Saints drive. In the second half, the Saints Reece Kerstetter blocked a punt (one of two blocked punts in the quarter) and the Saints took over with good field position. Zachary Heinz ran for nine yards, quarterback Nicholas Grant completed a 6-yard pass to all-purpose player Jordan Mello, and running back Bryce Disbrow finished off the scoring drive with bruising 23-yard touchdown run. Nicholas Grant ran in the two-point point conversion to close the gap to 13-8 with 3:39 remaining in the third quarter. Defense took over for the remainder of the game with the teams
Packers 40, Giants 7: Highlights: Week 1 of the LJFL season proved to be a tough one for the Giants who encountered a Packers team that looked to be in midseason form. Each of the Packers first three offensive plays resulted in touchdowns as they romped through gaping holes in a stunned Giants defense. The Giants offense also had some early season jitters and had difficulty establishing any rhythm. Giants punter Wesley Katz provided some early excitement when he took a fake punt and raced 78 yards through the Packers defense to give the Giants their only score. Benny Sanchez blasted the extra point through the uprights making the score 8-7 in favor of the Packers. Late in the first half, quarterback Wesley Katz guided the team to its best drive of the game, taking the Giants all the way down to the Packers 10-yard line. With time running out, Sanchez was brought in to attempt a field goal, but a miscue on the snap resulted in a Giants turnover as time expired. Daniel Crisp proved to be a bright spot for the Giants as he and Katz established a good chemistry leading to three catches for 48 yards, highlighted by a leaping catch by Crisp. Lucas Montenegro was the workhorse in the backfield but found yards tough to come by against the Packers defense. In the second half, the Giants defense began to settle in and slow the Packers attack. Ruzzell Yee, Nicolas Swanger, Trent McIntosh and Parker Hall were the leading tacklers.
Ravens 15, Falcons 6: Highlights: In a run-dominated game, the Ravens beat the Falcons. Malini Tia and Tommy Reeves led the offense with several big runs. Reeves scored the first touchdown for the Ravens with a 4-yard run in the first half. Chad Hemmig nailed the point after touchdown in his first-ever attempt. Malini Tia was amazing at running back rushing for 147 yards including a 74-yard touchdown run in the second half, which sealed the victory for the Ravens. Dominic Giuiliano scored the two-point conversion off a perfect pass from quarterback Kaine Montez. Giuliano also had a 19-yard reception earlier in the game. The defense played amazing for the Ravens, with multiple players contributing with sacks and tackles. Nate Wilson led the defense with eight and Zack MacIntire had five tackles, a sack and an interception, including a 10-yard return. Hunter Musgrave also contributed with a several big plays, including a key tackle that prevented a touchdown by Adrian Ayala. Gabriel Vargas and Michael Trafton also played solid defense.
Vikings 19, Texans 18: Highlights: Matthew Polaski started the Texans off with a great kick return. Throughout the game Polaski continued to work hard on defense and contributed key tackles. Another star on special teams was Edward Vilchis, who had a 15-yard kick return. Deegan Rabino, Grant Gooby, and Joseph Bartoni also shined on defense holding the Vikings off when they were within five yards of the endzone. On offense, Miles Rasmussen led the Texans in rushing, with a 50-yard touchdown to begin the second half. Following the touchdown, Dylan Silva recovered the ball on a fumble after the kick-off, before Rasmussen ran in another 50-yard touchdown to bring the Texans within two points of the lead. Unfortunately it was too little too late as the Texans fell short to the Vikings.
Raiders 25, 49ers 20: Highlights: The 49ers started off strong, scoring a touchdown on their first drive. Shane Waechtler ran the ball in from three yards out. The Raiders countered with a steady performance in the second quarter leaving the half with a healthy lead. The 49ers bounced back in the second half, with strong defensive play from Andrew Waller, Todd Beatty and Elijah Hodgers. Julian Quigley also had a forced fumble, which changed the momentum of the game. The offense produced 15 unanswered points with two touchdowns from Nick Hill. The offensive line pulled together with great blocks from Mathew Anderson and Joe Montano. In the final seconds of the game, the 49ers took the lead with an outside run but the touchdown was called back due to a penalty.
BUSC U19 Select
San Pablo United 4, U19 Select 2: Highlights: After a tough loss against the Mustang Revolution, the BUSC U19 Select looked to rebound against San Pablo United.
In the 9th minute, after absorbing some heavy pressure by San Pablo, the Select scored first. Alex Codik had a long throw-in that was headed by Christian Nahaolelua and eventually powered home by Josh Regal. In the 19th minute, Collin LaPorte converted a penalty kick for another Select goal. San Pablo returned the favor and tied the game with two quick scores before halftime. The Select defense was led by Kevin Faggiano, Wes Rager, and Grant Petrie. In the second half, goal keeper Bailey Roberts made three key saves, but San Pablo broke through the 66th minute. The Select maintained strong pressure on the other end, with Nahaolelua and Chris Ford getting good looks. Forced to push up for the tying goal, San Pablo scored on a counter in the 87th minute.
The Select (2-6-2, 0-2-0 CCSL) will next face the Oakland Leopards and the Mustang Earthquakes.
Ballistic United Premier 99 2, Tri Valley Bayern 1: Highlights: For Ballistic United Premier, Imran Matin scored twice, including the go ahead goal in the final minute, as Pleasanton's Ballistic United Premier 99 rallied to defeat Tri Valley Bayern.
In the first half, Tri Valley jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before Imran Matin beat two defenders and converted for the equalizer.
In the second half, both teams created scoring chances with Ballistic sending 11 shots towards goal against 7 from Tri Valley. Neither team was able to break the deadlock, until the final minute of play when Sam Christensen broke into the box and went down on a physical play with a Bayern defender. Ballistic was awarded a penalty kick which Matin finished for the 2-1 final. Top offensive players for the Ballistic were Imran Matin and Youki Chiba. Defensively, Jimmy Thompson and Jacob Dremalas were top players.
The win puts Ballistic Premier 99 1-0 in National Premier League play while Tri Valley drops to 0-1. Next week Ballistic travels to Danville where they will face the Mustang Lokomotiv.
BUSC U11 Elite 2 4, Bay Oakes Blues 1: For BUSC Elite, Djahi Walker scored two goals and Victor Shu anchored the defense.
Impact 1, Extreme 1: Highlights: Impact goalie Siena Moca kept a clean sheet for the first half with help from a strong defense made up of Megan Ferguson, Lucy Proudfoot, Maddie Layer and Kelly Duncan. In the second half, the Xtreme kept up a strong defense with Tori Merrell and Shayann Sherman anchoring the squad. Hana Harrell scored for the Xtreme and the game resulted in a 1-1 draw.
Pleasanton Rage White 00 3, Lamorinda United 00 0: Highlights: The Pleasanton Rage White 00 U12 kicked off the league season with a victory against Lamorinda United 00.
In the first half, Rage's Katie Murphy and Isabella Clark immediately claimed the ball and aggressively pressed to the goal and combined for four shots within the first seven minutes. One minute later, Hannah Gossett fed the ball to Hunter Faria for the game's first goal. White offensive players Steffanie Angelo, Devyn Baldus, Emily Esparza and Ashley Lopez each contributed to the shots on goal, which totaled 12 during the first half.
Fired up from a halftime break pep talk by coach Amanda Luxford, the Rage White took the opening kickoff, from which Gossett, on a breakaway, scored the Rage's second goal within the first 20 seconds of the second half. Faria found the net for her second time of the game in the 13th minute. The Lamorinda United girls continued to press, but their shots never found the back of the net because of strong defensive play by second-half goalie Angelo and the solid defensive unit of Regan Mah, Emma Monsen, Zoe Moura and Julianna Pereira.
Pleasanton Rage White 00 2, East Diablo United Soccer Club: The Pleasanton Rage won its first NorCal Premier State Cup Seeding Round game. The game went scoreless until the 25th minute, when Rage's Cierra Lofthouse-Wolf earned the game's first goal. Jessica Stubbs was a powerful force in the midfield throughout the game. In the second half, Rage's Faria scored the second goal and final goal in the fourth minute. With the victory the Rage White will travel to Stockton on Sept. 16 for its second of three Seeding Round games.
Blitz 5, Bullets 1: Highlights: After a few minutes of first game jitters the Blitz settled down and scored five unanswered goals. Saba Salehifar scored her first career goal, before Carly Muser converted for the go-ahead score. Hailee Weinstein followed with a quick goal to end the half, 3-1. In the second half, Muser added another goal and Samantha Nimmo added an insurance goal. Sofia Wreden and Ali Lee anchored the defense, while goalie Hailee Weinstein had a clean sheet in the second half.
Orange Crush 4, Out-Rage-ous 1: For the Orange Crush, top offensive players were Mollie McKay, Megan Gee and Gracie Ose. Defensively, top players were Alyssa Wu, Noe Jue and Lindsey Schroeder.
2012 CBBL Championships
Taylor's Martial Arts of Livermore, sent 15 of its students to the California Black Belt League's (CBBL) Belt Finals on August 31 and September 1, 2012. Taylor's Martial Arts was also named the 2012 CBBL School of the Year.
CBBL 6-7 Year Old Beginner Forms Champion: Helena Macias
CBBL 6-7 Year Old Girls Beginner Sparring Champion: Alexis Aying
CBBL 8-10 Year Old Beginners Form Champion: Kristin Ford
CBBL 10-11 Year Old Girls Beginners Sparring Champion: Ariyana Walling
CBBL 11-13 Year Old Beginner Forms Champion: Jaden Husser
CBBL 11-13 Year Old Intermediate/Advanced Forms Champion: Hector Flores
CBBL 12-13 Year Old Girls Beginners Sparring Champion: Jaden Husser
CBBL 12-13 Year Old Boys Beginners Sparring Champion: Kyle Ford
CBBL 14-17 Year Old Girls Intermediate/Advanced Sparring Champion: Tanya Sharetskaya
CBBL 14-17 Year Old Intermediate/Advanced Forms Champion: Joseph Ventura
CBBL 14-17 Year Old Black Belt Forms Champion: Brandon DeBorba
CBBL Runner-Up 8-10 Year Old Beginners Form Champion: Paul Curbelo
CBBL Runner-Up 8-9 Year Old Girls Beginner Sparring Champion: Kristin Ford
CBBL Runner-Up 10-11 Year Old Girls Beginners Sparring Champion: Vita Nocilla
CBBL Runner-Up 11-13 Year Old Beginner Forms Champion: Katrina Curbelo
CBBL Runner-Up 12-13 Year Old Girls Beginners Sparring Champion: Katrina Curbelo
CBBL Runner-Up 14-17 Year Old Intermediate/Advanced Forms Champion: Rachel Bryant
CBBL Runner-Up 14-17 Year Old Boys Intermediate/Advanced Sparring Champion: Joseph Vitale
CBBL Runner-Up 14-17 Year Old Boys Black Belt Sparring Champion: Brandon DeBorba