Gators win Division II crown over Parachute
Dakota Stonehouse had a championship game most quarterbacks would die for.
All he did in Sunday’s Three Rivers Youth Football Association’s Division II (fifth and sixth grades) title game was pass for four touchdowns, score on a 30-yard run, complete 12 of 17 passes for 181 yards and intercept a pass on defense.
Oh, and lead the Glenwood Gators to a 34-24 win over the Parachute Piranhas.
Stonehouse broke a 6-6 first quarter tie when he hit Connor Riley in the end zone from 19 yards out for a Gator lead early in the second quarter.
A few plays after the score, Stonehouse’s interception of a Parachute pass led to his touchdown run which pulled Glenwood to a 18-6 lead at intermission.
Stonehouse picked up where he left off in the second half, but faced a challenge to who’d be the game’s biggest force in Parachute’s Colton Cowan.
The Piranha running back had a hand in three of Parachute’s four touchdowns.
He gave the team its only lead back in the first quarter on a option pass to Tyler Radel.
After Stonehouse’s TD, Cowan, the game’s leading rusher with 139 yards in 19 carries, narrowed Glenwood’s lead to 18-12 on a 38-yard run with 7:35 left in the third.
The Gators negated Parachute’s score with a 6-play, 60 yard scoring drive on the ensuing kickoff.
Stonehouse went 3-for-3 in the march. All three of his passes clicked for first downs, including the 26-yarder to running back Kevin Screen that put Glenwood ahead by 14 after the duo connected on the two-point conversion after the TD.
Screen also played a key role in the Gators win. He finished the contest with two touchdowns and averaged 17 yards per catch with seven receptions.
Cowan rekindled Parachute’s fading hopes with a 32-yard TD run in 5:07 left in the fourth quarter to cut Glenwood’s lead to 26-18.
But, the Pirahans’ defense failed to keep Glenwood’s offense in check.
A Gator upback recovered Parachute’s squib kick at Glenwood’s 44. Nine plays later, the Gators put the game out of reach.
Connor Riley, who scored back in the second quarter, concluded the 66-yard drive on a nine-yard catch from Stonehouse with 1:35 remaining.
Parachute concluded the scoring when Cowan found William Waugh for a 72-yard touchdown as the gun sounded.
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