Sunday, October 28, 2007

Single-wing Chargers Rush to Title

Single-wing Chargers Rush to Title

The Daily Sentinel

Thursday, October 25, 2007

It has been said that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

Proof of this can be found in the Mesa County Junior Football Association’s lightweight Super Bowl champion Redlands Chargers, who defeated the Mount Garfield Broncos 35-19 on Wednesday night at Stocker Stadium.

The Chargers started their season with a loss, and at that point made up their minds not to lose another game.

“They lost that first one and then they never looked back,” head coach Lee Carlson said.

“They knew they were a good team and we made some adjustments on the lines after that first game. We realized maybe some guys were not in their best spot.”

The game started out quickly, with the Chargers scoring an early touchdown. The Broncos answered, tying the game 6-6 after a 60-yard kickoff return by Ronald Kuntz set up a short run into the end zone.

The Chargers lost focus on their next drive, with multiple illegal procedure calls pushing them deep in their own territory.

“They were having trouble hearing the snap count. It’s a lot louder here than they’re used to so, we had to call a timeout, get our heads together and then go out there and play their game,” Carlson said.

After Redlands turned the ball over on downs, the Broncos scored on a short throw from Nick Anderson to Lane Orman.

The Chargers were behind for only a few plays, as Derek Winstanley broke loose for a 69-yard touchdown.

After tying it up, the Chargers went ahead 20-12 on a Spencer Weinberg touchdown catch and extra point going into the half.

After the half, the Chargers took over, scoring once in the third and once in the fourth. The Broncos fought back for one more touchdown on a carry from Daniel Salazar.

Running an nontraditional offensive scheme, with no true quarterback under center, the Chargers were able to fool the Broncos’ strong defense.

“We run single-wing on offense. It’s very old-fashioned,” Carlson said. “We can snap to one of three guys and that helps a lot with tricking the other team.”

The backs got a tip of the cap from Carlson, who praised “Anders Carlson, Derek Winstanley, Steven Tausch and the fastest guy on our already fast team, Spencer Weinberg.”

Greg Pratz can be reached via e-mail at
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO.

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