Area JV teams had strong grid seasons

By: Mike Ray
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The 2018 football season was a banner year for several of the area’s varsity programs. Both Placer and Colfax’s varsity squads completed perfect 10-0 seasons while Del Oro and Bear River weren’t far behind, each team going 9-1.

While the area’s varsity teams were shining, several of the area’s JV teams also enjoyed fine seasons.

Leading the way was Del Oro’s JV team, which went 9-1 and won the Sierra Foothill League championship. Colfax, meanwhile, completed an 8-2 season and shared the Pioneer Valley League title with Center.

Elsewhere, Placer’s JVs went into its final game of the season with a shot at the Foothill Valley League crown and finished with a strong 7-3 overall record and Bear River’s Bruins JV squad went 5-5.

Here’s a quick recap of each area team’s season:

Placer (7-3, 3-2 FVL)

The Hillmen JV team featured a balanced running attack this season led by five different backs that piled up 350 or more ground yards. Leading the way was Dylan Logelin (900 yards, nine touchdowns), Isaiah Suggs (800 yards, 10 touchdowns) and AJ Ferreira (400 yards, eight touchdowns).

Also lending a hand for Placer’s running game were Zavery Guerra (550 yards, five touchdowns) and Vincent Ornelas (350 yards, four touchdowns).

Placer quarterback Martin Haswell also had a strong season throwing for six touchdowns. The top receivers included tight end Bryan Flores and wide receiver Wyatt Styron, both with a pair of touchdown receptions each.

Defensively, the team was led by linebacker Noah Cardelli, who racked up 55 tackles and the safety Ornelas, who had three interceptions. Also playing strong were defensive ends Chase Esty and Cole Santiago.

Helping pave the way for Placer’s running attack was the fine play of linemen Cardelli, Santiago, Aiden Dunham and Alex Rosales.

Placer JV coach Kyle Swartz was more than pleased with his team’s performance this season.

“Overall, the team was hard-working and ready for any challenge that was laid out before them,” said Swartz.

 “From the beginning of the season to the end, the team improved exponentially and still never came close to their ceiling,” Swartz added. “This team has tremendous potential to be an extremely talented varsity football team and I am excited to see what the future holds for them.”


Colfax (8-2, 4-1)


The Falcons, coached by Joey Pelfanio, had a strong year bringing home a share of the PVL title.


On offense, the Falcons used a balanced attack led by the passing of southpaw quarterback Wyatt Neumann to Juliono Martello, Gannon Brothers and Nate Searcy. Meanwhile, on the ground, fullback David Martinez shared the load with freshman Luke Green.


Defensively, the Falcons put forth solid showings from Kaden Calvert, Ryan Watts, Conner McNalley, Thomas Ran and Drew Garafalo.


Del Oro (9-1, 5-1)


A season-ending loss to Folsom notwithstanding, the Golden Eagles had a fine season, which included wins over Granite Bay, Grant, Whitney, Rocklin and Oak Ridge to win the outright SFL title.


Leading Del Oro’s charge this season were quarterback Logan Stough, running back and linebacker Logan Foster, linebacker Jacob Birch, lineman Brian West and wide receiver-safety Hunter Lee.


Bear River (5-5, 3-2)


A highlight for the Bruins’ season was a thrilling 26-25 win over co-PVL champion Center. Top performers for Bear River included the play of running backs Logan Stiller, Gavin Jackson and Joe Knowlton.

Also playing well for the Bruins were quarterbacks Tyler Dzioba and Daniel Bamburg along with running back Jake Ayestran, receiver Ty Knox and lineman Nathan Wilson.