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Berrendo dominates in title win

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If ever there was a movie scene that rang true to life in the Middle School championship game between the Berrendo Bulldogs and the Sierra Eagles, it would have to be “Remember the Titans.” In the movie, one of the assistant football coaches calls time out and gets in his players faces and tells them if they gain another yard he is going to take each one of them out. Finally, he looks into his players eyes and tells them ‘leave no doubt’, make sure they remember the day they played the Titans forever.”

On Saturday afternoon, it wasn’t as dramatic, but the results were that bad. Berrendo coach Ray Gutierrez had his team leave no doubt. The Bulldogs ran power I football all game long and crammed the ball down the throats of the Sierra Eagles defensive line as they defeated them, 32-6, at DeBremond Stadium.

“We came out pretty flatline, Gary Thorne said. “Berrendo played good and played hard, we just didn’t execute the way we know how.”

On the game’s first touchdown the Bulldogs ran fullback Seth Henry on a 33 Give for a 5-yard TD. Berrendo converted the two-point conversion to lead, 8-0 lead with 4:30 in the first quarter.

Henry felt like what made this team so special this year was they had a brotherhood together, and that they had each other’s backs.

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“We ran on them because they said we couldn’t,” Gutierrez said. “They said we couldn’t and we were sure going to change their minds today. The article motivated players at Golden Corral this morning. I didn’t have to talk much this morning to my boys they were ready to play. I appreciate their coach for motivating my kids.”

On the defensive front the Bulldogs were in the backfield constantly and forced the Eagles into a safety to make the score 10-0 with 3:25 in the first quarter.

The bottom line for today’s game is mental preparation,” Gutierrez said. “The last couple of weeks and months, our team has worked really hard at understanding our offense and defense. We’ve focused our schemes, strategies and goals. Today we met our goals, it made me very proud as a coach.”

Berrendo was fired up for this game after meeting at Golden Corral for breakfast, and reading an article in which Sierra coach Thorne, said that his team hadn’t had a team run up the middle on his defense all season long. In most of the game the main play was off between the guards on both sides of the ball for big chucks of yards.

“We just came in confident together,” Berrendo quarterback Elijah Quiroz said, “I knew we were going to win.”

Gutierrez, must be doing something right when it comes to coaching middle school football. This is his third championship as a head coach in six years, and Berrendo’s 13th out of the last 15 years. The keys to the success in the program according to Gutierrez is to run a program and teach discipline. There are about 60 players that come out for the team each season.

“We are fortunate to have great kids,” Gutierrez said, “that come from great families that want to play football.

Berrendo’s quarterback Quiroz found a wide receiver Mikah Gutierrez for an 8-yard TD to push the score 16-0 at the half.

In the third quarter Berrendo’s defensive front stymied the option game of the Eagles forcing them into uncharacteristic turnovers. On an option play Sierra quarterback pitched the ball to one of his running backs who fumbled, and the ball bounced into the arms of Javyn Morales of the Bulldogs who went the distance untouched to give them a 24-0 lead in the third quarter.

Quiroz threw a touchdown pass to Damian Ramos for a score to give the Bulldogs a 32-0 lead.

“What motivated us today was they said, ‘we couldn’t run up the middle,’” Berrendo defensive end Linus Gonzales said. “We showed them we could. They said, ‘We can’t tackle or hit them,’ we showed them we could, we played it and ran it and threw it.”

Sierra did get on the scoreboard on the last play of the game when their quarterback Adrian Beltran found a receiver for a 50-yard touchdown. Berrendo won 32-6.

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