|Mont Harmon running back, Angel Romero runs past Juan Diego defender, Eugene Kim during a game last week. The Pirates finished the season undefeated after handing Juan Diego's sophomore team a 22-12 loss.|
It has been an exceptional year for the Mont Harmon Junior High football team. After finishing the season 9-0, the undefeated Pirates look ahead to next year where many of the players will step up to play at Carbon High. This prospect has many coaches excited about next year's Dino season.
"We have played two sophomore teams this year, and in both games we walked away with the win," explained Mont Harmon coach, Tim Tiller. "If these kids did that well this year, I'm excited to see what they do next."
The final game on the Pirates roster was against Juan Diego High School's sophomore team and took place last Thursday evening. Tiller explained that this team was comprised of 14 sophomores, four juniors and six freshmen. For a strong team like Juan Diego, the Pirates were too much to handle.
Mont Harmon concluded their perfect season by defeating Juan Diego, 22-12. The Pirates great team play lead to Juan Diego's coach commenting on what a strong team the Pirates are.
"Their coach came up to me after the game and said that our team was the most physical team he's ever seen in over 20 years," explained Tiller. "He was also impressed by the poise of our quarterback, Joey Keller."
During the final season game, Keller threw two touchdown passes and helped lead his team to an undefeated season.
Mont Harmon scored their first touchdown in the game following a 65 yard run by Angel Romero. This run positioned the Pirates on the four yard line where Keller threw the ball to Ryan Rasmussen for a touchdown. The two point conversion was good which put eight quick points on the board for Mont Harmon.
The second touchdown of the evening came when Keller connected with Jordan Tatton for a 42 yard pass. Once again, the Pirates completed a two point conversion.
Romero sealed the win for Mont Harmon after an 86 yard run for a touchdown. The two point conversion failed, but the Pirates walked away the win and an undefeated season under their belts.
Coach Tiller explained that the Mont Harmon team had invited Helper Junior high freshmen to play with them during the Juan Diego game. Tiller said that seven players accepted and after only one practice, the two teams combined and worked hard together thus leading to the win.
"Those kids really worked hard to learn our plays. But they really fit in our game plan and we appreciate them coming out and playing," commented the Mont Harmon coach.
Tiller also stated that Helper Ram, Lance Deeter played well for the Pirates as he finished with six sacks in the game.
The key to success for the Mont Harmon team this year was their understanding of the games fundamentals, stated Tiller. According to the coach, the Pirates were undersized, but because of their fundamental skills, the team prevailed at the end of every game.
"I am extremely proud of these kids. They have worked hard and really did an outstanding job," Tiller concluded. "I think that Carbon will be an unbeatable team next year with these kids."