Williams Middle School Falcons player and eighth-grader No. 33, Ethan Durnez, muscles past the generally bigger Flagstaff Falcons for a touchdown at the season-ending Skydome game this past weekend.
Though the Williams boys lost 6-34, No. 33 Ethan Durnez was able to land a touchdown after two long passing drives — one from No. 10 Trevor Parenteau to No. 34 Tyrell Valdivia, the second from No. 12 Alex Ruiz again to Valdivia — on the Falcons’ first offensive possession.
Falcons Head Coach Scott Mayfield was pleased with the Falcons’ efforts to bring the ball up the indoor field.
“Throughout the game, we were able to move the ball pretty well, but we just weren’t able to get into the endzone,” said Mayfield.
Parents came out in droves to see their kids play, all of who were pleased as punch to tough it out where the big kids do.
“It was fun,” said Durnez, who hopes to play for the Williams High School Vikings next year. “It’s not my first time there, but it was still fun — that’s the game everybody wanted to play.”
Playing at the Dome gave the Falcons all the bells and whistles they normally get — such as announcing and cheerleading dance numbers at halftime — but on a slightly bigger scale.
“It was really fun. Everyone was nervous because of the dance, but it was fun,” recalled Falcons cheerleader Alexis Stalcup.
Coaches and parents alike were ultimately pleased with this year’s Falcons team, saying that even though it wasn’t winning season as far as scoring, it was definitely a win for their heart and efforts.
“I was honored with these kids this year,” said Mayfield. “Most games, they were badly out-manned, but they kept their heads up and kept fighting and the parents were very supportive."