Durango YAFL braces for its big finish

Colts remain unbeaten, while two middles play for titles

The fourth-grade Durango Colts remained unbeaten, posting their fifth shutout of the season, and a pair of local middle school teams are competing for youth football championships.

Around the Youth American Football League last week, Durango went 3-2 in Week 7 to run its overall record to 20-13 this year.

The Colts improved to 7-0 with a 45-0 shutout over Ignacio.

The scoring plays:

Jordan Woolverton threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Niko Mestas. (The extra point was unsuccessful.)

Haezen Mestas rushed for a touchdown. (The extra point was unsuccessful.)

Gage Mestas rushed for a touchdown, and Woolverton threw to Kyler Reimers for the extra point.

Cal Walsh rushed for a touchdown, and Niko Martinez rushed for the extra point.

Gage Mestas returned the opening second-half kickoff for a touchdown. (The extra point was unsuccessful.)

Weston Baken rushed for a touchdown, and Niko Mestas threw to Woolverton for the extra point.

The rest of the YAFL results:

The second-grade Durango Demons lost 13-7 to the Aztec Titans. Beau Brunson for the Demons’ touchdown, and Tager Bardin scored the extra point.

The third-grade Durango Dolphins beat the Aztec Bulldogs 20-12. Austin Giehl rushed for two touchdowns, Douglas Malcom one, and Emmett Thompson and Cassidy Malone each rushed for an extra point.

The fifth-grade Durango Patriots lost 7-6 to Bayfield. Joe Arnwine rushed for the Patriots’ touchdown.

The sixth-grade Durango 49ers shut out Farmington 34-0. Dawson Marcum rushed for three touchdowns and an extra point. Gus Kidd threw a touchdown pass to Cullen Robinette, then connected for the extra point. Izzy Tenorio scored on a kick return, and Jordan Wiebe recorded a safety.

All five teams will play their regular-season finales this weekend – three road games and two home games.

The second-grade Demons will play the Aztec Vipers in Farmington; the third-grade Dolphins will play Montezuma-Cortez in Cortez; and the sixth-grade 49ers will play at Pagosa Springs.

The fourth-grade Colts will try and finish their undefeated regular season against Dulce at 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller Middle School. The fifth-grade Patriots will host the Farmington Chargers at 3 p.m. Saturday at Miller.

The Escalante A youth football team lost to Bayfield in the play-in postseason game, while the Miller A team won and will play Montezuma-Cortez on Saturday in Cortez for the championship.

The Miller A team’s only loss this season came at the hands of Cortez.

The undefeated Escalante B team earned the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and played Wednesday night in Cortez for a shot at Saturday’s championship; the Miller B team awaits the winner.