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Jr. Tigers fall one game short of Jr. Midget title

Hanson Field hosts title games
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Falling one game short of a second straight championship, the Roseville Jr. Tigers dropped the SYFC Jr. Midget title game Saturday at Hanson Field. Roseville had won a regular season meeting with Folsom with a 30-0 victory in week three, but they could not duplicate the feat this time, as the Jr. Bulldogs came out on top 28-6. The Bulldogs controlled tempo and intensity early. Folsom received the opening kickoff and then ran off over half the first quarter clock on a 58-yard touchdown drive. The Bulldogs had successful scoring drives on all but the very last drive of the game. Jr. Tigers’ coach Dawayne Tuttle said his team got dominated on the line of scrimmage despite efforts to adjust. “Nothing we tried was working,” said Tuttle. “They were a little stronger than us up front. We went to the twins but they didn’t adjust to it like they had in the past so we just went back to base. Unfortunately in the first half we didn’t have very many plays. It’s not like we could get a whole lot going. We were on defense the whole game.” The Folsom Jr. Midgets were the first No. 1 seed to win their championship game Saturday in Roseville. The Jr. Tigers were the third seed coming in the postseason tournament. Down 14-0 in the second quarter Roseville benefited from a missed field goal by Folsom, and then quarterback Kyle Downie took a 36-yard quarterback sneak in for the 14-6 score. Downie led Roseville with six carries and 44 yards rushing. The Bulldogs scored on all three drives of the first half setting the bar at 20-6 going into the break. The normal offensive game the Jr. Tigers bank on couldn’t find a rhythm against the hard-hitting Bulldogs. Jonathan Tuttle led Roseville with eight tackles, while Downie and Nick Bambino added seven tackles each. Most of the Jr. Midget team will head into their prospective high schools next year. Tuttle says this is his last year coaching with Roseville Jr. Tigers. Tuttle began coaching for the Jr. Tigers at the Mighty Mite level with his oldest son. He spent six years at the Mighty Mite level before moving to Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee and Jr. Midget with his youngest son Jonathon. In his third year of Mighty Mite both of his sons played on the same team. Since then Tuttle has been with the Jr. Tigers for 9 years. Fighting back his tears Tuttle said it will be nice to see this team spread out to different high schools having this season to remember. “I’ve coached a lot of these kids since they were six,” said Tuttle. “It’s tough to say goodbye. I’ll miss them. This will still and hurt for a little while but it’s always better the next day. Getting here was half of the battle. Tomorrow’s a new day and next year’s a new chapter.”