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March 3, 2021

Pop Warner Football

– Pop Warner’s Gilroy Browns squads won three games, lost one,
and scored two touchdowns in another during weekend action against
the neighboring-rival Morgan Hill Raiders.
GILROY – Pop Warner’s Gilroy Browns squads won three games, lost one, and scored two touchdowns in another during weekend action against the neighboring-rival Morgan Hill Raiders.

In the Mighty Mights game (no score kept), quarterback Allen Silhanek threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to receiver Christian Salazar. Then, Silhanek hooked up with receiver Christopher Drysdale for another 20-yard gain and Drysdale ran for the first down to set up Jacob Brendall’s touchdown. Nathan Padilla and Justin Rendon both played strong defense.

The Junior Pee Wees ran out of time against the Morgan Hill Raiders – dropping a tight 18-13 decision to settle their record at 5-1. In the first quarter, quarterback Nick Marra threw back-to-back bombs – the first of 30 yards to receiver Adam Cardenas and the second of 28 yards to receiver Eric Schmidt to set up a first-and-goal. Running back Richie Sotelo then scored on a short TD run.

The Raiders dominated the second and third quarters until the Browns finally got their second wind. But it was a little too late. In the fourth quarter, Nick Garcia stripped the ball and returned it 45 yards for a Gilroy touchdown. Then, the Browns defense came on with two sacks from Eric Gonzales and Juan Delgado. A recovered on-side kick brought the Browns back to the four-yard line but they fumbled the ball over to end the late threat.

In the Pee Wees division, the Browns shut out the Raiders, 12-0, to lift their record to 5-1 this season. In the Receiver J.D. Sanchez caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Steven Martinez to open the scoring. In the second quarter, running back Sammy May rambled up the middle for the second Browns’ TD. The defensive team – led by Nick Gutierrez – held the Raiders to less than 20 yards of offense. Special teams showed domination also keeping the Raiders to under 10 yards.

The Junior Midgets completely laid out the Raiders, 29-6. Quarterback Connor Farotti threw repeated passes to receiver Jo Jo Gutierrez – who scored a pair of touchdowns. Gilroy’s James Scaglione also found the back of the end zone for a TD. David Lujan ran for 55 yards and Jason Roamsburg ran for 30 yards, including a touchdown. Place-kicker Frankie Tomaseti booted two extra points and Dominic Pirrozoli ran for another extra point. Defensively, Vince Giacalone, Issac Carrillo, Matt Romero, Mike Wilson, and Pirrozoli stopped the Raiders cold, with Tyler Maslanka sealing the victory with a sack.

The Midgets closed the door quickly against the Raiders en route to a 29-7 triumph. The action started early in the game with Mike Perez and Vince Martinez trading off the yardage until Martinez was able to secure the first touchdown. Robert Salazar easily kicked for the extra points. Then, Frank Subia and Anthony Knight drove the rushing yardage for the second touchdown. In the third quarter, Jimmy Prada secured a fumble recovery that allowed Nick Tovar to throw a 30-yard bomb to Kevin Vye. The Gilroy defense was led by Richard Charles, Shane Maslanka and Travis Garman.

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