Miller Middle School has a bunch of Angels on its youth football team – a San Juan Basin League championship youth football team.
The Miller Angels’ A team won the SJBL championship Saturday in Cortez, and they beat the Cortez Panthers in dominating fashion. They won by shutout, 30-0, Miller’s first football championship in eight years.
It was a fitting end for the 5-1 Angels, too. Their only loss in a 5-1 season came by the Panthers in Week 1, and that was the only week the Angels allowed any points – one offensive touchdown and one defensive touchdown. The Angels outscored their competition 172-14 this year.
Nate Angulo started the scoring for the Angels in the first quarter. He scored on a 6-yard touchdown run, then ran in the two-point conversion.
Angulo added a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Gavin Mestas set up the goal-line carry with a 9-yard reverse to the Panthers’ 1-yard line. Kobe Szura ran in the post-touchdown conversion for a 16-0 lead.
The Angels’ defense, led by Richard Hall, Jake Sadowski and Rowdy Wickman, set up their next score – a 21-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Woolverton to Jake Bourdon. The defense recovered a second-quarter fumble, and the pass play gave Miller a 22-0 lead at the half.
Early in the third quarter, Szura scored on a 12-yard touchdown run, and Angulo rushed in the conversion for the final 30-0 margin of victory.
Trevor Candelaria intercepted Cortez late in the game to preserve the victory. Woolverton, in victory formation, took a knee to run out the clock and finish the Angels’ title run.
Miller, coached by head coach Mike Breunig and assistant coaches Robb Bourdon, Chris and Ryan Woolverton, aside from the aforementioned players, are: Jake Beekman, Andrew Brown, Connor Coleman, Dillon Coleman, Noah DeDear, Ricki Gallegos, Cameron Jacobs, Sam Kidd, Tegan Lopez, Jamont Richards, Kyle Robinette, Matt Schuba and Harry Steinberg. Landen Sill was the Angels’ equipment manager and camera man.
Durango’s Youth American Football League contingent finished the regular-season in style. The local YAFL programs went 5-0 in Week 8, and three of the teams won by shutout.
The second-grade Durango Demons beat the Aztec Vipers 26-6.
Tagert Bardin, Beau Brunson, Ian Gaver and Kai Williams all scored rushing touchdowns, and Gaver and Williams added extra points. Josh Bates had five sacks in the Demons’ finale. (There are no second-grade playoffs.)
The third-grade Durango Dolphins beat Montezuma-Cortez 6-0.
After both teams played three-plus quarters of scoreless football, the Dolphins’ Douglas Malcom hit Austin Giehl for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute remaining in regulation.
The fourth-grade Durango Colts won by forfeit.
Dulce opted not to travel to Durango to play the undefeated Colts, which finished their regular season 8-0.
The fifth-grade Durango Patriots beat the Farmington Chargers 27-0.
Everett Howland had a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the victory, Joe Arnwine had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown, and Brayton Jackson rushed for a touchdown.
The sixth-grade Durango 49ers beat the Pagosa Springs Pirates 19-0.
Guss Kidd had a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown and a rushing extra point. Dawson Marcum had a rushing touchdown, and Josh Johnson was on the receiving end of Kidd’s touchdown pass.
All of the Durango teams, with the second-grade exemption, qualified for the playoffs and will play first-round postseason games this weekend – opponents, places and times have yet to be determined.