Durango YAFL reaches 3 semis

Youth football teams survive and advance

Three of four Youth American Football League teams reached the semifinals in their respective postseason tournaments last weekend.

With the second-grade Durango Demons finished for the season by lack of a playoffs, the rest of the Durango youth football teams picked them up: The fourth-grade Durango Colts, the fifth-grade Durango Patriots and the sixth-grade Durango 49ers all won their Round 1 quarterfinal games.

Durango Dolphins

The third-grade Durango Dolphins (3-6) lost 14-6 to the Farmington Panthers last Saturday in Kirtland, N.M. Austin Giehl scored the Dolphins’ final touchdown of the season.

Durango Colts

The fourth-grade Colts remained undefeated on the season with a 46-19 victory over the Aztec Tigers.

Durango scored the first two touchdowns: Gage Mestas scored a 12-yard touchdown run on the opening drive, Jordan Woolverton added the extra point, then Braedy Short recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown and a 13-0 lead.

Aztec responded with 12 unanswered points.

Durango answered with three second-quarter touchdowns and a 33-12 halftime lead.

Woolverton regained the momentum with a 58-yard touchdown run, and Mestas followed with the extra point. Mestas rushed for a 15-yard touchdown run, then Weston Baken rushed for a 13-yard touchdown run; Woolverton added the extra point.

In the second half, Mestas scored from 48 yards out, and Haezen Mestas scored the extra point.

Aztec scored, then Woolverton answered with a 19-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to provide the final 17-point margin of victory.

The Colts will play Montezuma-Cortez at 11 a.m. Saturday in Farmington.

Durango Patriots

The fifth-grade Patriots survived a cold and windy early game in Cortez. They beat Montezuma-Cortez 7-6 on the strength of a successful extra-point attempt.

Everett Howland broke a scoreless tie with a rushing touchdown in the second half, and Brayton Jackson followed him into the end zone to convert the extra point.

Howland intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter to seal the victory, too.

The Patriots will play the Farmington Coyotes at 3 p.m. Saturday in Farmington.

Durango 49ers

The sixth-grade 49ers came from behind to earn another one-point victory for Durango. Down 12-0 at the half, the 49ers rallied for a 13-12 victory over the Bloomfield Bobcats.

Dawson Marcum rushed for both touchdowns, and Ben Bates added an extra point. The late-game defense was credited for the victory.

The 49ers will play at the Aztec Lobos at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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