The Novato Youth Football teams trekked to Vacaville Saturday to play the Bulldogs in Norcal conference play as part of the American Youth Football program. Novato came away with one victory in four games. That’s not a bad outcome, considering that Novato is a Division 2 program playing against a Division 1 team.
The Mighty Bees won the Cadet contest 7-6 when the Bulldogs were thwarted in their point after touchdown attempt. The Bulldogs scored first. The Mighty Bees seemed to contribute to their own downfall, committing several penalties. It is not uncommon for young teams to commit infractions.
But good young teams find ways to overcome penalties and that was the story for the Mighty Bees. They never quit trying and finally broke through with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. They pushed across the extra point and then held off the Bulldogs to secure the victory. The win left the Mighty Bees with a 2-0 record. That establishes them as the only undefeated Division 2 Cadet team in the West Section of Norcal. Two Division 2 teams remain undefeated in the East Section.
Novato was ever so close to coming away with a second win, as the Yellow Jackets, the defending AYF Division 2 national champions, put the fear of flying creatures in the Division 1 Bulldog Jr. Midget team before succumbing 33-25. The Yellow Jackets’ record of 1-1 matches the best Jr. Midget record in the West Section, where no team is undefeated. One East Division team carries an unblemished record.
The Jr. Peewee Killer Bees were overmatched by their Vacaville counterparts 32-0 and the Peewee Stingers dropped a 39-0 game to the Bulldogs. These outcomes are too common when Division 2 teams play against their bigger Division 1 rivals. AYF sets age and weight limitations to level the playing field, but the Division 1 teams draw from a larger pool of prospective players. The Killer Bees and Stingers are each off to 0-2 starts this season, but the Stingers represented Norcal at the AYF nationals last year and figure to be a presence before this year is out.
Sunday, the Novato clubs will again face a Division 1 foe when the Palo Alto Knights come visiting. The 10 a.m. clash between the Mighty Bees and the Knights features two undefeated teams. The games begin at 9 a.m. with the Rumble Bees and Knights in a Tiny Mites fray. The Knights’ Jr. Peewee team is also undefeated, while their Jr. Midget and Peewee teams are each 1-1.
To keep up with the latest Sports Stories “Like” the SportsDashboards page on Facebook or “Follow” us @SportsDashboard on Twitter.
Sports Stories is a service of SportsDashboards. SportsDashboards saves Athletic Directors and League Presidents time by bringing all registration, payment and communication online with easy to use web Dashboards for Coaches, Players and Parents. Click on the SportsDashboards icon in the top right corner to learn more.