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8/7th Grade Jr Pioneers
Close Season with Big Win
Defeat 5-1 Glenview 16-14 to go 7-1 and Secure 2nd Place in Heartland Conference
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8/7th Jr Pioneers 16
In a very hard-fought game the Jr Pioneers prevailed at Alumni Field securing sole possession of 2nd place in the Heartland Conference (6-1, 7-1) with a 16-14 victory over the Glenview Gators.
The Jr Pioneers had to overcome a deficit twice securing the lead on the pivotal opening drive of the second half then holding on with two 4th down stops in their territory and converting a critical 3rd down in the final two minutes to be able to run out the clock and secure the win.
Glenview, 5-1 entering the contest with only an overtime loss to league champion Galesburg, opened demonstrating their big play potential. On the second play from scrimmage their quick fullback - part of a lightning and thunder duo - exploded through the line of scrimmage surprising the Jr Pioneer defense with a 47-yard touchdown run.
However the Jr Pioneer offense answered. Quarterback and Free Safety Chase Stephens, a candidate for league MVP, was spectacular all day. After opening with a short completion to Andre Marriott who scooted 41 yards, after three Eric Gustafson runs and a first down Stephens took the QB Draw option 33 yards for a touchdown. His 2-point conversion run evened the score at 8 apiece.
On the following drive, Glenview responded. Their big 230+ lb 'Thunder' fullback gave the Jr Pioneer defense requiring multiple tacklers and lots of trouble as her churned out yards and first downs. Glenview completed the drive with a surprise 13-yard touchdown pass.
After these opening series the respective defenses started to get a handle on their opponent's offenses and produced their own big plays.
Following a big run by Alleman's Stephens into their territory Glenview came up with an interception. However, Alleman's Marriott answered piercing the Gators backfield pouncing on a fumble getting the ball back to the Jr Pioneers. Glenview's tough defense rose to the challenge pushing the Jr Pioneers back and giving possession to their offense. After Glenview moved past mid-field, Josh Trout came up with the big play intercepting the Glenview quarterback who was under pressure from Gustafson. The Jr Pioneer offense then advanced past mid-field themselves but just before the half their 'Pioneer-Special' was intercepted and the half ended 14-8 in favor of Glenview.
The Jr Pioneer offense did what they needed to in starting the second half. Though shortly out-of-the-game for an equipment repair, Stephens returned and produced a big third down scramble-pass finding John Nienhaus downfield for the huge 13 yard gain and first down conversion. Three downs later Stephens connected with Nienhaus again for a big 9-yard first down reception. Stephens then went to Gustafson for 18, then Gabe Kpomassy for 8 getting the ball to the one yard-line. The next play Stephens sneaked the ball over for the tying touchtown then on the deciding play ran outside over the left side behind Dylan DeRoo, Trout, Gabe Kpomassy, Nienhaus and Danny Vandeheede for the 2-point conversion to put the Jr Pioneers in front 16-14. Stephens was 4 for 4 to 3 different receiver on the drive.
Glenview answered with a good kick-off return and subsequently got the ball as deep as the Alleman 27 when on 4th down Gustafson came up with the first of two 4th down stops. However, Alleman could not produce a first down and a short punt gave the Glenview Gators the ball at the Alleman 46 with under three minutes to go. Two incomplete passes and a run put the ball at 4th and four. Once again the Jr Pioneer defense stiffened holding the Gators short of the first down marker.
Glenview possessed enough time outs and after two runs there was still just over a minute to go. That is when Stephens came up with another big throw on 3rd and six finding Gabe Kpomassy one more time for the 8-yard reception and the valuable first down. The Jr Pioneers were able to then take a victory snap and the clock then expired for their big 16-14 victory.
Outstanding play was produced by many players with some filling in for injured teammates including Trout, Grant Masias and Bennett Gorgal. Besides the players mentioned above Joe Magee, Colin Patterson and Mike Kpomassy put in thier usual strong performances.
Overall it was a tremendous year for the 8/7th grade Jr Pioneers who proudly finished the season at 7-1.
8/7th Jr Pioneers 32
Moline 1 13
The 5/6 Junior Pioneer football team prevailed 32-13 on a cold and sunny Saturday morning at Moline High School. With this victory the Junior Pioneers improved their record to 6-0 on the season.
The Junior Pioneers won the coin flip and chose to defer to the second half. With the Junior Maroons opening up on offense first, they were “stuffed by the Junior Pioneers on a great stop by Andrew Schultz and Graham Woods on 4th and short. The Junior Pioneers got the ball back and started a four-play drive that featured strong runs by Drew Phelps, Adam VanMeigham, and Graham Woods, before a Junior Pioneer running back Kyle Boden broke into the end zone. The run was set up by strong blocks by Luke Hoffman, Robbie Wolfe, and Conner Ryan. After a failed extra point attempt the Junior Maroons answered back with a long scoring drive and successful extra point attempt to take the a 7 to 6 lead. Undeterred the Junior Pioneers got the ball back and drove down the field and scored on a two-yard Drew touchdown run. The total drive took seven plays and featured a strong up-front push by Kelly Honert, Adam Barrios, and Jack Rogers. After a successful extra point run by Adam VanMeigham the Junior Pioneers led 13 to 7. The Junior Maroons one play left before half to try to score, but their deep pass was intercepted by Adam VanMeigham.
After half time the Junior Pioneers took the field and on scored on the first play. A strong 70-yard touchdown run by Drew Phelps was set up by strong blocking on the edge by Conner Ryan and Adam VanMeigham. The Junior Pioneers followed that up with a successful extra point attempt on a half back pass by Kyle Boden to Will Otten, which gave the Junior Pioneers a 20-7 lead. The Junior Maroons got the ball back, but were quickly stymied by the Alleman defense, led by Luis Torres, Charley Arnold, and Rollin Woods. Once the Junior Pioneers got the ball back, they put together a quick scoring drive featuring tough runs by Graham Woods, Kyle Boden, and a touchdown run by Adam VanMeigham, which gave the Junior Pioneers a 26-7 lead. The extra point was unsuccessful. The Junior Maroons got the ball back and were able to score a touchdown and cut into the Junior Pioneers lead. Their attempted extra point was intercepted by CJ Carruthers, so the Pioneers got the ball back leading by a score of 26-13. The Junior Pioneers took the ball and marched 70-yards on six plays ending in Adam VanMeigham’s second touchdown run of the day. One of the highlight plays of the drive was a Drew Phelps Quarterback sneak on 4th and 1 that went for 32-yards. The Junior Maroons took the ball down by a score of 32-13. They were able to get one first down on the drive; however, Kasen Ponder came up with an interception on the Alleman 45-yard line to seal the victory.
It was a total team effort to secure the win for the 5/6th grade Junior Pioneers and a great way to end the season with a 6-0 record. The boys improved as football players over the last nine weeks, and they learned the importance of teamwork and the relationship between effort and outcome.
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Through a first half shower and on a rain-soaked field the Jr. Pioneers focused on and were better at ball security taking advantage of several mishaps by their opponents to sprint away from what was a competitive score just moments before halftime. With host Edison moving to within two points of the Jr Pioneers at 14-12 with less than a minute to go in the half, Andre Marriott fielded the ensuing kickoff and jumping outside of a great seal block by Daniel Vandeheede sprinted 74-yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion made the score 22-12 at the half. In the second half the Jr. Pioneers dominated scoring 28 points to make the final score 50-12.
The first half started with another good return by Marriott putting the ball past midfield. Shortly afterward Eric Gustafson went through the middle then sprinted to the outside and into the endzone. The two-point conversion made the score 8-0. However, on the ensuing kickoff Edison displayed their speed and big play potential returning the kick-off to make the score 8-6.
Field conditions gradually detiorated and both offenses struggled a little to adjust. After the Pioneer defense came up with a stop, John Nienhaus returned the punt 30-yards to put the offense in good field position. Quarterback Chase Stephens eventually ran in for the touchdown and the score moved to 14-6. Once again Edison responded putting together some big-gainers and eventually punching it in late in the 2nd quarter making the score 14-12. That is when Marriott delivered a decisive play to make the halftime score 22-12.
After some halftime adjustments the Jr Pioneer defense was generally more in control producing tackles for losses. In addition, they produced interceptions by Quinn McCarthy and Stephens. In addition, adding to the Edison woes was their inability to field kick-offs cleanly as the Jr. Pioneer kick-off team produced two muff recoveries by Gustafson and Stephens. The Jr. Pioneer offense scored off of all four turnovers as Gustafson went in from 28-yards on a tough run, Stephens added in a run to the outside, Stephens also found Marriott for an 8-yard touchdown pass and after a long run by Colin Patterson to the one-yard line Stephens sneaked in to cap the scoring at 50-12.
The Jr Pioneers were a bit depleted on the offensive front and big games were delivered by Josh Trout, Grant Masias and Bennett Gorgal who moved to center for much of the game.
The Jr. Pioneer 8/7th grade team finishes their season against 6-1 Glenview at Alleman Alumni Field on Thursday, October 10 with kick-off scheduled for 5PM.
Moline 4 0
6/5th Jr Pioneers 13
The 5/6 Junior Pioneer football team prevailed 13-0 on a beautiful fall football Saturday morning at Alumni Field behind Alleman High School. The biggest crowd of the season, including the Varsity football team, witnessed the Junior Pioneers improve their record to 5-0 on the season.
The Junior Pioneers won the coin flip and chose to defer to the second half. With the Junior Maroons opening up on offense first, they were able to secure a couple first downs before punting the ball to the Junior Pioneers. The home team scored two plays later to go up 6-0 after the extra point play failed. Graham Woods took the first play for a first down around the left end and Drew Phelps broke a long touchdown run down the right sideline, after getting a block on the edge by Will Otten-Thoms, while also making several defenders miss along the way.
Back on offense, the Junior Maroons were once again able to move the ball down on some nice runs and disciplined play. Key plays by Andrew Schultz on the defensive line, Luis Torres at linebacker as well as CJ Carruthers and Kasen Ponder in the secondary put an end to Moline’s attempt to score on their second possession.
The Junior Pioneers were able to keep moving the ball with nice runs by Kyle Boden, Adam VanMeigham and Drew Phelps before fumbling the ball deep in Moline territory. The Junior Pioneer defense was tough once again, however, after the turnover and held a 6-0 advantage at the break.
Starting with the ball to start the second half, the Junior Pioneers were able to score on the third play as Adam VanMiegham broke free on a 63 yard run. Drew Phelps added to the lead with an extra point run to put the Junior Pioneers up 13-0.
The Junior Pioneer defense continued to keep everything in front of them for the remainder of the contest. Robbie Wolfe, Kelly Honert, Andrew Schultz, Charley Arnold, Jordan Thompson, Graham Woods, Luis Torres, Kasen Ponder and CJ Carruthers played nearly the whole contest on the defensive side for the Junior Pioneers, showing great heart and determination.
The Junior Pioneers moved the ball nicely on their last drive of the game to seal the victory with some nice tough runs by Kyle Boden, Drew Phelps and Charley Arnold. The offensive line of Luke Hoffman, Robbie Wolfe, Kelly Honert, Andrew Schultz and Jack Rogers also blocked well on the last drive for the Junior Pioneers. A nice pass for a key first down was also executed nicely from Drew Phelps to Connor Ryan (his second reception of the day).
The Junior Pioneers finish their season against Moline 1 at Moline High School at 10:45 on October 12th.
SEPT 26-28 Games
Geneseo White 0
8/7th Jr Pioneers 20
The Jr Pioneers 8/7th grade team bounded back from their only setback of the season and played strong in all phases to defeat the Geneseo White team 20-0 under perfect conditions for football at Alleeman Alumni Field on Thursday, September 29th.
Receiving the opening kickoff, the Jr Pioneers drove inside the Geneseo 5-yard line with Eric Gustafson and Andre Marriott contributing big, strong runs. However, some mis-execution and a stout Geneseo defense kept the Jr Pioneers off the board.
In the shadows of their goalpost, the famed Geneseo ground game secured a few first downs as the game ticked over to he 2nd quarter eventually pushing the ball to mid-field. That is when the Jr Pioneer defense put the Geneseo offense in reverse. Firs pressured by Colin Patterson, Geneseo's quarterback was sacked for an 11-yard loss by Gustafson. A short punt gave the ball back to the Jr Pioneers at their own 40-yard line.
On their second drive is when the Jr Pioneer offense kicked in it's explosive nature with good blocking all-around and Gustafson's dynamic running leading the way. After Marriott's second reception from Chase Stephens pushed the ball past mid-field Gustafson exploded right up the middle behind Joe Magee, Bennett Gorgal and Jake Vandewiele. The 49-yard touchdown run gave the Jr. Pioneers a 6-0 lead.
After a strong kick-off return the Geneseo offense responded once again getting past mid-field. Bursting into the Jr. Pioneer secondary John Nienhaus punched the football into a mishandle and Stephens completed the strip process and recovered the football giving the Alleman offense the ball back at their own 33-yard line. A couple plays later and after a penalty, Gustafson contributed one of the most impressive plays of the year. Sweeping around right end outside of blocks by Michael Kpomassy and a devastating one by Marriott, Gustafson shook off, ran-through and stiff-armed down various defenders then outsprinted the Geneseo pursuers to go 72-yards for the score.
Leading at the half 12-0, the Jr Pioneer defense had to respond to a proud Geneseo team that drove to the Alleman 12-yard line. Mike Kpomassy, Gustafson and Marriott all delivered tackles for losses to turn the ball back over to the Jr Pioneer offense.
The Jr Pioneer offense went to the air and after a pass interference call moved the ball out of danger, a Gustafson run, Marriott reception, powerful Marriott run lead to Gustafson's 3rd touchdown going in from 28-yards behind blocks of Dylan DeRoo to Gabe Kpomassy. Stephens added a 2-point conversion run to push the Jr Pioneer lead to 20-0.
Mike Kpomassy and Patterson contributed tackles for loss on Geneseo's final drive. The Jr. Pioneers then drove from their own 35-yard line to Geneseo's 20 as the clock expired. The Jr Pioneers moved to 5-1 on the season.
UT Jr Panthers 13
6/5th Jr Pioneers 25
The 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers demonstrated proficiency in all phases of their victory over the UT Junior Panthers, which allowed them to stay undefeated and push their record to 4-0 on Saturday September 28th.
The 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers won the coin toss and elected to start on offense, which resulted in a methodical drive down the field with multiple runs for first downs by Drew Phelps, Adam VanMeigham, and Kyle Boden. The drive was capped off by an 8-yard Drew Phelps touchdown run over the right side of the line, which was saw excellent blocking by Kelly Honert, Adam Barrios, and Luke Hoffman. The extra point attempt was unsuccessful, so the 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers moved to defense with a 6-0 lead but the lead didn’t last long, as UT Junior Panthers struck quickly with a 65-yard touchdown pass on their second offensive play. After a successful extra point, the UT Junior Panthers led 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers by a score of 7-6. On the next two possessions both teams resulted in turn-overs via fumbles, with Charley Arnold recovering the fumble for the Junior Pioneers.
The 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers got the ball back at their own 20-yard line, when they started a 3-play scoring drive that featured a 40-yard run by Adam VanMeigham and a 36-yard touchdown run by Kyle Boden. Boden took a pitch to the right side of the line and was “sprung” by a pair of excellent blocks by Graham Woods and Joe Alonzo. The extra point attempt was no good, but the 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers took a 7-12 lead and would not relinquish it for the rest of the game. The 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers forced a quick three and out, highlighted by tackles by Charley Arnold, Luis Torres, and Andrew Schultz. The 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers then started a touchdown drive that heavily featured runs by Drew Phelps and Kyle Boden. The drive appeared to stall after a penalty left the 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers with 3rd and long, until Drew Phelps hit Adam VanMeigham on a wide receiver screen pass which saw a nice edge setting block by Conner Ryan. This allowed the Jr Pioneers to go up 7-18. The UT Junior Panthers picked up two-quick first downs before the half; however, their drive was ended by a sack Andrew Schultz and Graham Woods.
UT got the ball after half time and drove the ball deep into Jr Pioneer territory, but the drive stalled after big tackles by Jordan Thompson and Robbie Wolfe, and a pass-break up by Conner Ryan. After a Jr Panther punt the Jr Pioneers got the ball back at their own 10-yard line. On the last play of the third quarter the Jr Panthers got a big tackle for a five-yard loss against the Jr. Pioneers, which left the Pioneers with a 2nd and 15 at their own 5-yard line to start the 4th quarter. From their own 5-yard line the Jr Pioneers ran a double hand-off to the slot receivers in an effort to take advantage of the overaggressive Jr Panthers. The play resulted in a 95-yard touchdown run by Adam VanMeigham, followed by a successful extra point pass by Drew Phelps to Will Otten-Thoms. This made the score 25 to 7 in favor of the Jr Pioneers.
The Jr Panthers answered back with a long touchdown drive of their own. The Jr Pioneer defense showed heart on the last drive by making the Jr Panthers go the length of the field and saw a sack by Andrew Schultz and a big tackle for a loss by Luis Torres. After UT scored the score was 25 to 13 and the Jr Pioneers were able to close the game out with some tough runs by Charley Arnold, CJ Caruthers, and Jordan Thompson. The 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers moved to 4-0 on the season. Blocking from the entire offense was sharp on Saturday on the exterior, offensive line and backfield. Jack Rogers and Robbie Wolfe manned the left side of the line with Kyle Boden providing several key blocks from the halfback position.
Statement on Benefits of the Game and Safety
We hear it often from former football players - no matter the school, no matter how long they played - "Football was the best team game that I ever played." "Football did more to develop me as person - overcoming challenges, getting up after getting knocked down, being selfless in working with others - than anything else I have ever done." "My football teammates are my best friends for life. I can count on them." These are some of the rewards available to your son.
Properly administrated at the youth level - as we are certainly doing in ABB footballl - FOOTBALL IS SAFER NOW than at probably anytime in its history. The quality of the equipment is enhanced (All ABB helmets have been reconditioned). The training and practice equipment is advanced and safer. Coaching instruction is wiser. Contact is lessened. Awareness as well as trainer supervision is vastly improved.
This great team game can do so much for young men. Encourage your son and others to participate in the great growth experience that is Alleman Booster Boy football. Be A Part of the TEAM. See you this fall!
6th/5th Grade Team in New League for 2019
The Alleman Booster Boy 6/5th grade team will be competing in a new league organized between Illinois Quad City teams in the 2019 season. Last year's test venture in the YSF (Youth Sports Foundation) did not prove to be as successful as was hoped for by Alleman as well as United Township and Moline programs. This year's Jr Pioneer team will have games on Saturday mornings exclusively versus teams from East Moline and Moline districts.
Successful Golf Outing Raises Funds for Young Players
On Saturday, July 27th dozens of supporters of Alleman Booster Boys football gathered at Golfmohr Golf Course for an enjoyable round of golf and fellowship. The event continued at the Moline VFW with a steak meal and refreshments. The event raised substantial funds that will go to support personal equipment and training equipment for aspiring players in the Alleman Jr Pioneer football program.
This year marked the 25th annual event that has been organized and lead by Roger Vandeheede and the Vandeheede family,. The event has raised substantial funds making participation in the game extremely affordable for families. These efforts and this event have helped hundreds if not over a thousand young men who have benefited from being part of the growth experiences the greatest of team games provides - as well as the exemplary tradition that is Alleman Pioneers football.
Prior to the dinner, Golfmohr Golf Course made a special donation to the Booster Boys program. Fr. Mirabelli and Coach DePoorter thanked the supporters of Alleman Jr Pioneer football and post-golf awards were presented after the dinner.
Many thanks to Roger Vandeheede, the golf outing board members and the Vandeheede family for giving so generously of their time in making the event successful and making this game more accessible and safer for countless young men.
If additional information or a 2019 Registration Form is needed, contact
Jr Pioneers 16
Jr Pioneers 50
Geneseo White 0
Jr Pioneers 20
Jr Pioneers 32
Moline 1 13
Jr Pioneers 13
UT Jr Panthers 13
Jr Pioneers 25
Jr Pioneers 14
Moline 1 9
Complete Successful Developmental and Scrimmage Season
ALLEMAN FOOTBALL - BE PART OF THE BROTHERHOOD
The Alleman Pioneers completed a suspended game on Saturday morning September 29th defeating Geneseo in dramatic fashion 15-13.
The Alleman Pioneers defeated Moline High School on Friday, September 20th and play at Geneseo HS on Friday, September 27th.
Conference Champions: ’75,’78,’81,’84,’85,’86,’89,’90,’94,’95,’03,’04,’05,’06,’10,’14
State Championship Game: 86,90,05,10,12 Semi-finals: ’84,’13