Peewee Dolphins hang on for win

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Destin's Mason Wetzel shakes off a Shalimar Wildcat and takes it in for the touchdown.

In a nail-biter of a game, the Destin Dolphins Peewee team fought hard for a 34-30 victory over the Shalimar-Green Wildcats in the Panhandle Youth Football Association.

While the Dolphins maintained possession most of the game and methodically marched down the field for five touchdowns, the Wildcats answered in short-order each time. While the defense made adjustments, the Dolphins struggled to contain the Wildcats around the edge.

“Our emphasis over the past week was on blocking,” said Destin Coach Nate Beard. “Our front line, led by Owen Davis, Clark Adams, Cadin Wells, Kadon Chapman, and John Castaneda, did an outstanding job making and maintaining blocks, allowing our offense to consistently move the ball both up the middle and along the perimeter.”

On offense, Destin’s Maddox Hayles found daylight multiple times during his quarterback-keep runs leading to three Dolphins touchdowns. Mason Wetzel fended off defensive backs, stiff-arming his way down field and into the end-zone twice for touchdowns. Braxton Beard had multiple key first-down misdirection runs, while Baylen Knox punched in a clutch extra point conversion in the close game.

On defense, Will Blanchard and Maddox Hayles led the way with a combined seven tackles and helped the defense put two points on the board through a shared safety. Kaden Chapman flourished in his new role as defensive end wreaking havoc in the Wildcat’s backfield with three tackles. John Castaneda, Braxton Beard, Landon Ulrich, Cadin Wells, Calvin Blackman and Carter Philips each contributed big hits on the defensive side of the ball and corner-back Baylen Knox nearly pulled down his first interception.

With the win, the Dolphins proved themselves once again to be a multi-threat team on offense, while their formidable defense continues to hone their skills.

Team captains included Kaden Chapman, Cadin Wells, Will Blanchard, and Griffin Cann.