Mustangs top upstart Bulldogs squad to claim CKFL crown

LEWISTOWN – The Midd-West Mustangs pee wee football team renewed the team’s dominance since the inception of the Central Keystone Football League, picking up another title in a win over an up and coming Burnham Bulldogs football team.

The young Bulldogs were making their championship debut and played with heart but the Mustangs were too much for Burnham, earning a 32-0 win Sunday at Mitchell Field in Lewistown.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the boys this year,” Midd-West coach Jamie Portzline said. “We finally brought Midd-West Black and Blue together for the Mustang pee wees this season. They played hard, they were undefeated all season and played hard all year. I couldn’t ask more of them today. They came out and played their Mustang football. We ended up with the victory. I just couldn’t be more proud of them of the coaching staff and the organization.”

Midd-West’s ground attack was led by the explosive running of Gage Gaveson. Gaveson had touchdown runs of 51 yards and 38 yards en route to a 100-yard plus performance.

Teammate Hunter Wolfley finished with an 122-yard effort, highlighted by a 66-yard run for a touchdown.

Burnham got a solid running game from Brando Souders. Souders was the iron man for the Bulldogs as he played most of the game fighting off injury. In the end, Souders finished with over 50 yards on the ground in a losing effort.

In the first quarter, the Mustangs had their offense fired up, scoring 14 points in the stanza.

After holding the Bulldogs in their opening possession, Midd-West got the ball on its own 45 and didn’t need much time to cash in. Wofley got the nod and blazed his way down the field for the game’s first score. With the successful PAT, Midd-West led 7-0 with 5:22 left in the quarter.

After holding the Bulldogs a second time, Midd-West wasted no time, upping the the lead to 13-0 when Gaveson also flew by the Burnham secondary for a 51-yard touchdown run.

Early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs started a drive of their own, spearheaded by Souders. With a 50-yard run by the speedster, Burnham had a first down deep in Midd-West territory.

“We had a lot of kids that were excited to play football,” Burnham Bulldog coach Jeff Taylor said. “They were very coachable. They improved every week. We had a good season and Midd-West, they have a really good team. They were too much for us tonight and during the regular season. The kids played hard and I am proud of them.”

Midd-West’s defense stopped the Bulldogs on a crucial fourth down, turning Burnham away empty handed.

From there, Midd-West scored one play later when Wolfley picked up his second touchdown of the day, finishing a 66-yard run and upped the score to 19-0.

Midd-West scored its last touchdown of the half at the 4:41 mark when Gaveson cashed it in from 38 yards out, ending the first half scoring at 26-0.

In the second half, the Bulldogs defense stiffened and allowed only one score.

With 6:51 left in the third quarter, Bryce Roupp scored the last touchdown of the game to set the final.