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Jr. Midgets bow out of playoffs

JUNIOR HILLMEN
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Quarterback Tyler Gums’ fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Riley Beames on Saturday wasn’t enough to keep the Placer Junior Hillmen’s Jr. Midget team in the playoffs. The Junior Hillmen’s season ended with a 19-6 loss to the Natomas Junior Nighthawks at Lincoln High School. Natomas used three big plays — runs of 45 and 50 yards and a 70-yard interception return — to beat Placer (6-3). The 50-yard run came in the fourth quarter after the Junior Hillmen’s TD pass cut the Junior Nighthawks’ lead to 12-6. “Our kids played a tough game,” Junior Hillmen coach Jim Gray said. “I was very proud of their effort in the playoffs and throughout the season. Natomas is a tough team and we battled with them all four quarters.”