SEPT 19-21 Games
Galesburg Combined 24
8/7th Jr Pioneers 6
The Jr Pioneers 8/7th grade team suffered their first loss of the season on Thursday September 19 falling to the visiting Galesburg streaks 24-6.
After Galesburg received the opening kickoff they moved into Jr Pioneer territory but the Green team's defense stiffened to force the punt. Chase Stephens, who had a number of dynamic runs on the day, took the punt back 25-yards to the Alleman 43 yard line. However, on 3rd and 5 Galesburg penetrated the Jr Pioneer backfield and forced a fumble. The Streaks offense went to work taking advantage of the field position and pushed the ball in to take an 8-0 lead.
Andre Marriott had an 18-yard kick-off return and the Jr Pioneers started on their 43-yard line once again. The Jr Pioneers, penalty-riddled most of the day, overcame a 1st-and-20 with a Stephens to Danny Vandeheede 35-yard pass putting the Booster Boys at the Galesburg 27-yard line. However, another penalty and negative plays pushed the Jr Pioneers back and they had to punt.
Galesburg took over at their 20-yard line and a couple plays later Stephens picked off a vertical route and took the ball back to the Galesburg 35-yard line. However the Alleman team could not capitalize and Stephens was hurt on an incomplete third down pass. A play later Galesburg took over and a couple plays into the drive they hit a pass in the flat where their speedy receiver eluded a few tackles then sprinted toward the endzone for another Streaks touchdown. The conversion made the score 16-0 for the visitors.
With Vandeheede at quarterback the Jr Pioneers moved to midfield but the half expired.
The Jr Pioneers played more inspired and precise football in the 2nd half. With Stephens returning to lead the offense, the Jr Pioneers took the opening possession to the Streaks 12-yard line with runs by Colin Patterson and Marriott and a Stephens scramble providing the bulk of the yardage. However, another fumble haunted the Pioneers as they turned the ball over to the Streaks in the red zone.
Galesburg powered their way to a few first downs, but then Michael Kpomassy and Marriott combined on a big sack forcing a punt and the ball back to the Pioneers. From here runs by Stephens and Eric Gustafson put the ball on the Streaks 11-yard line where Gustafson, behind the blocking of John Nienhaus got the Jr Pioneers on the board. The conversion attempt failed.
The Jr Pioneers tried an onside kickoff that the Streaks recovered from which they scored again to make the final score 24-6.
The Jr Pioneers fell to 4-1 with the Streaks moving to 5-0.
The Jr Pioneers host Geneseo Green on September 26 at 5PM.
6/5th Jr Pioneers 14
Moline 1 9
The 6/5th Jr Pioneers football team prevailed 14-9 on a wet and rainy day at Moline High School against a tough Moline 1 team to improve their record to 3-0.
After allowing an opening TD to a strong Moline ground attack, Alleman answered with their own 70-yard scoring march. Nice blocking on the exterior by Connor Ryan, Graham Woods, Adam VanMeigham and Will Otten-Thoms allowed Kyle Boden to punch in the tying score for the Pioneers.
The Jr Pioneers demonstrated their resolve by overcoming a safety that Moline earned during the second quarter. From that point on the Jr Pioneer D stiffened and dominating not allowing any points for the remainder of the game.
After settling in on defense, the Jr Pioneers offense built of the momentum provided by their other unit. Trailing 9-7 at the half, the Jr Pioneers took the opening drive of the second half 70 yards for what ended up being the winning score. Drew Phelps made several improvised runs that moved the chains and capped off the drive with a short TD run. A Phelps to Woods extra point pass gave the Jr Pioneers a 14-9 advantage, which ended up being the final score as both teams struggled to execute on the sloppy turf.
On their final drive Moline had driven over 50 yards seeking to secure a win, but the Jr Pioneers rose to the challenge. With one last chance, VanMeigham secured an interception on the final play of the game to put a dramatic exclamation point on the big victory. for the Alleman Booster Boy program. Defensively, impressive leadership and play was provided by Andrew Schultz, Kelly Honert and Robbie Wolfe on the line and Woods, Luis Torres, Arnold and Phelps at linebacker. CJ Carruthers, VanMeigham and Roland Woods manned the secondary making several open field tackles to give the defense another snap.
The Junior Pioneers play United Township #1 on Sept 28 at 11:45 at Alumni Field at Alleman High School.
SEPT 12-14 Games
John Deere MS 6
8/7th Jr Pioneers 18
The Jr Pioneers finished the first half of their game schedule undefeated in pushing their record to 4-0 at hot Alumni Field at Alleman High School on Thursday, September 12th.
Creating takeaways was key to the game and that started on the opening kick-off as Chase Stephens punched out a ball that was being carried loosely by the returner and pounced on it as well to give the Jr Pioneers their first drive starting in John Deere territory. The home team seemed poised to capitalize but a fumble, their only turnover of the game, gave the ball back to the visiting Spartans. However, a couple plays later it was Eric Gustafson this time both stripping the football and getting a slight return that gave the Alleman Booster Boy team favorable field position at the John Deere 18. From there it took two Stephens carries, the final one a touchdown from four yards out behind the perimeter blocking of John Nienhaus and Daniel Vandeheede, that put the Jr Pioneers on top at 6-0.
On the ensuing John Deere possession, the Jr Pioneer defense stiffened and forced a punt. With the home team starting at its own 20-yard line they got aggressive and Stephens hit Andre Marriott for a big 28-yard gain gettting the ball near midfield. Colin Patterson, Gustafson and Stephens all carried the ball forward putting the Jr Pioneers on the Spartans 20 and into a 4th and 1 situation. On the first play of the 2nd quarter Stephens converted the 4th down play giving the Jr Pioneers a fresh set of downs. However, it only took one play from there for Gustafson to go in from 18-yards out behind the blocking of Joe Magee and Michael Kpomassy. Early in the 2nd quarter the host team lead 12-0.
The visiting Spartans got their offense churned up for the rest of the 2nd quarter advancing the ball as deep a the Jr Pioneers 16-yard line. However it is there that the Jr Pioneer defense stiffened keeping the Spartans off the board as the half ended in a 12-0 advantage for the Alleman Booster Boys.
Starting the second half the Pioneers drive stalled at midfield and after a Marriott punt the John Deere defense got cranked up converting a few first downs to get past midfield. In Alleman territory Stephens came up big for the Jr Pioneers once again on defense ripping the ball out from the John Deere running back and Gabe Kpomassy pounced on it giving the ball back to the Alleman offense at their own 27-yard line.
Facing another 4th and one this time at their own 36-yard line, the Jr Pioneers and Stephens converted behind the blocking of Degan West and Jake Vandewiele. This seemed to break the Spartans will as the Jr Pioneers converted another first down then a few plays later Gustafson went on a 50-yard touchdown scamper that was called back. However a few plays later it was Patterson's turn to taste the end zone as he bursted in from 36-yards out behind a powerful block from Dylan DeRoo. Midway through the 4th quarter the Jr Pioneers were up comfortably at 18-0.
John Deere consumed the ball the remainder of the quarter eventually scoring on the final play of the game on a Hail Mary type pass to close out the final margin at 18-6. With the victory the Jr Pioneers advanced to 4 and 0.
The Jr Pioneers host undefeated Galesburg on Thursday, September 19 at 5:00pm.
Moline 3 7
6/5th Jr Pioneers 20
The 6/5th Grade Jr Pioneers hosted Moline 3 on Saturday, September 14th and moved their record to 2-0 in an exciting 20-7 victory. The game started in explosive fashion as both teams uniquely scored on their first play from scrimmage. Starting on their own 30 yard-line, Adam VanMeigham took a pitch and sprinted 70-yards behind the blocking of Will Otten-Thomas and Connor Ryan to stunningly put the Jr. Pioneers ahead 6-0. Graham Wood added a conversion run making the score 7-0. However on their first play, Moline 3 responded with a 70-yard cutback run of their own and added the conversion attempt to tie the score at 7 after two plays from scrimmage.
After the offensive fireworks settled down and both defensive units got the ball back for their offenses the Jr Pioneers took over at the 50-yard line for their third possession. Putting together a number of impressive runs by Drew Phelps, Van Meigham and Kyle Boden behind the blocking of Robbie Wolfe, Jack Rogers and Adam Barrios facing a large Moline defensive front, the Jr Pioneers got to the Moline 1 yard-line where Phelps took it in for the lead and what turned out to be the winning score. Phelps also delivered a conversion pass to Van Meigham who made a nifty catch at the front pylon making the score 14-7 Alleman.
On Moline's subsequent drive Jordan Thompson applied the pressure and Luis Torres came up with a fumble recovery in Moline territory, but unfortunately the Jr Pioneers turned the ball back over and could not capitalize. Moline drove inside the Alleman Booster Boys 20-yard line but could not score before the first half ran out on them.
After stopping Moline on their opening drive of the 3rd quarter, Van Meigham took in his second score of the game hitting paydirt from 32-yards out. The conversion failed, but the Jr Pioneers moved out to a two score lead at 20-7.
The Jr Pioneers defense held stout for the rest of the game with Torres and Kelly Honert contributing sacks and Graham Woods cleaning up matters at the next level. Ryan, Otten-Thomas, VanMeigham, Honert and Woods were credited with 'Ironman' performances playing nearly the whole game.
The victory pushed the 6/5th Jr Pioneers record to 2-0. They play at Moline 1 at 10:45 on Saturday September 21.
6/5th Jr Pioneers 13
Rock Island 7
On Saturday, September 7th the 6/5th Jr Pioneers, overcame an early 7-0 deficit scoring the decisive touchdown early in the 4th quarter to earn a hard-fought season opening victory on the road over the Rock Island Little Rocks.
The Alleman representative team started with a promising opening drive into Little Rocks territory but a turnover gave the ball to the Little Rocks. Though Luis Torres contributed a big tackle-for-a-loss on the second defensive snap of the game, the Rock Island team mixed the run and pass and putting together an opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. That is all the Jr Pioneer defense which got stronger throughout the contest would surrender.
Following the Little Rocks score, the Pioneers responded with an impressive drive and big play of their own. Starting from their own 35-yard line a few successful plays lead to Kyle Boden going around right end for a 56-yard scamper to the end zone. Drew Phelps pushed across the extra-point run to even the score at 7 apiece.
With Rock Island threatening before the half Connor Ryan deflected a Little Rocks pass that Phelps took in to end the Rocks drive. The score sat at 7-7 at halftime.
With the Jr Pioneer defense stiffening and getting the ball back to the offense, with CJ Carruthers at quarterback the 'Green and White' drove behind tackle Luke Hoffman to the Little Rocks 5-yard line. However a touchdown run was negated by a penalty call and a subsequent 4th down pass went off the finger tips in the end zone.
However, at the start of the 4th quarter the Jr Pioneer defense stiffened and forced a punt turning the ball back over to the offense near mid-field. With Phelps leading the drive at quarterback the Jr Pioneers moved the ball into Little Rock territory when Phelps hit Graham Woods with a short pass in the short flat that Woods took in from 20-yards out to give the Jr Pioneers the 13-7 lead late in the 4th.
Of their final drive, the Rocks gained a first down but then Boden came up with the big interception taking it back inside the Rocks 5-yard line to end the game. It was a big victory kicking for the Jr Pioneers kicking off the 2019 season.
The 6/5th grade team hosts a team from Moline at Alumni Field on Saturday, September 14 at 11:45am.
8/7th Jr Pioneers 49
Silvis Hilltoppers 0
The Jr Pioneers opened their home slate of games for the 2019 season in dominating fashion scoring on every possession and shutting out the Silvis Hilltoppers to post a 49-0 victory in front of the home crowd.
The Alleman Booster Boy team set the tone early on the opening drive going 65 yards in four plays. Eric Gustafson contributed a big 32 yard run behind blocking by John Nienhaus and Daniel Vandeheede which was strong all game. Gustafson then went over from 14 yards out to stake the Green and White to a 6-0 lead.
The Jr Pioneer defense, which did not surrender a first down for the game, produced its first three-and-out putting the ball back in the hands of the offense. On the second play of the drive a Chase Stephens pass to Andre Marriott produced a 28-yard gain. Two plays later Colin Patterson went off left tackle behind Dylan DeRoo and Jake Vandewiele for a 20-yard touchdown burst. The drive went 57-yards in four plays. The Jr Pioneers converted the extra point attempt on a Patterson run to go up 14-0.
The defense held the Hilltoppers to negative yardage on the visitor's next drive as Quinn McCarthy contributed a big hit tackle to fire up the team and the home crowd.
Taking over at their 45-yard line it took the Pioneers only one play to score. Marriott turned a short Stephens 3-yard pass into a 55-yard touchdown run breaking and spinning out of several tackles to go the distance. Gustafson then carried in from 3-yards out to give the Pioneers a 22-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter.
Defensive pressure and sacks were in order for the next defensive series as Patterson and Gabe Kpomassy produced tackles for losses amounting to -20 for the Hilltoppers.
With a short field, Gustafson took a run in for a 30-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. The first extra-point kick attempt of the season went awry but the Jr Pioneers had pushed out the score to a 28-0 advantage.
In the subsequent Hilltopper drive, Stephens produced an interception and 14-yard return. With another short field to work with Gustafson scampered for 26 yards and a tacked on Hilltopper penalty put the ball on the four where Stephens scampered in for a touchdown. On the hold from Nienhaus, Marriott split the uprights for the first kicked extra-point of the season and a 35-0 Jr Pioneer lead.
After the Hilltoppers got themselves into a 3rd and short situation the Jr Pioneer defense rose to the challenge coming up with a big stand as Josh Trout contributed a sack on fourth down on the last play of the half.
With a running clock in the second half, the Alleman Booster Boy defense produced a four-and-out as the Hilltoppers chose to go for it on 4th down. With another short field, runs by Patterson and Gustafson behind the right side of Joe Magee and Mike Kpomassy put the ball on the 8-yard line. Nienhaus took over at quarterback to start the 4th quarter and handed off to Marriott on his first run from the backfield going over for the touchdown behind the blocking of Degan West. The score moved to 41-0.
After another four down stop by the Jr Pioneer defense, the offense took over at the Hilltoppers 37. After a 22-yard Gustafson run Vandeheede, who had taken over at quarterback, went in from 15-yards out for the score behind the blocking of Patterson and McCarthy. Vandeheede also converted the two-point conversion pushing the lead, and the final score, to 49-0.
On the game touchdowns were produced by Gustafson (2), Patterson, Marriott (2), Stephens, and VanDeheede. Stephens also had a throwing touchdown and an interception.
The Jr Pioneers next host Wilson Jr High on Thursday, September 5 at 5:00pm at Alleman Alumni Field.
8/7th Jr Pioneers 20
Geneseo Green 14
The Jr Pioneers demonstrated impressive determination and improved throughout the contest to earn a hard fought 20-14 opening season win in Geneseo. After both teams forced opening drive punts, Geneseo Green drove into Jr Pioneer territory when Andre Marriott made an impressive play stripping the Geneseo ballcarrier of the ball to put it back in Jr Pioneer possession. After big runs by Eric Gustafson and Colin Patterson pushed the ball past midfield, Chase Stephens took off on a QB draw hitting a seam to go 46-yards giving the Jr Pioneers a 6-0 lead.
Geneseo put their imposing ground game on display and drove the field to take a 8-6 lead. The following kickoff went awry giving the Green Machine good field position but the Jr. Pioneers defense came up with some big plays to keep Geneseo off the board. The half ended with the Jr Pioneers facing an 8-6 deficit.
Starting the 3rd quarter receiving the kickoff the Jr Pioneers started to click on all cylinders. Big catch and run gains by Johnny Nienhaus, Andre Marriott and Daniel Vandeheede put the ball deeper into Jr Pioneer territory. A couple more plays lead to Eric Gustafson pounding the ball in from 4 yards out to give the Booster Boys the lead at 12-8.
On the following drive the Jr Pioneers came up with a big stop forcing Geneseo to punt giving the Jr Pioneers good field position. Methodically the Booster Boys drove to the one, but penalties set the Jr Pioneers back to the 11-yard line. However, on 4th and 11 Stephens found Marriott in the right corner for a big TD reception to push the Jr Pioneer lead to 20-8 with about 6 minutes to go.
Geneseo Green scrambled for some big yardage eventually driving the field to score. However after the Jr Pioneers stuffed the 2-point attempt the lead stood at 20-14.
Geneseos onside attempt went out of bounds. However, the Jr PIoneers had to earn a first down to kill the clock and behind the offensive line of Vandewiele, DeRoo, West, Magee and Masias both Patterson and Stephens had big runs that ended the game.
Facing much adversity in injuries to some key players, it was a big opening win for the Jr. Pioneers as they moved to 1-0.