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Junior Midgets rally to qualify for SYFC playoffs

Placer Junior Hillmen
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Ryan Gray and Dustin Edwards each ran for two touchdowns and the Placer Junior Hillmen Junior Midgets rallied to beat host Whitney 28-16 in Rocklin on Saturday. Edwards rushed 11 times for 116 yards and Gray had 11 carries for 60 yards for Placer, which qualified for the playoffs with the victory. The Hillmen (5-2) rallied from a 16-6 deficit in the second quarter and trailed 16-12 at halftime. Edwards’ 20-yard scoring run on Placer’s opening drive of the second half put the Hillmen on top for good, 20-16. John Sweat recovered a Wildcats fumble at the Whitney 45-yard line at the end of the third quarter, setting up the final touchdown. Whitney did not record a first down in the final quarter. Sweat, Devin Ray and Robbie Queen led the defensive effort. Placer also beat the Junior Wildcats in midget action, 34-6, to improve to 4-3. Whitney extended the winless woes for the other three young Hillmen teams, winning 36-0 in both the Mighty Mite and Junior Pee-Wee games and 25-0 in Pee-Wee action. The Junior Hillmen travel to wrap up the regular season against the Bear River Junior Bruins on Saturday.