Former Horn Leads Jacket Ambush


As a former Longhorn quarterback, Jimmy Oestmann knows the thrill that goes with whipping the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

Oestmann's passion for playing well against the Jackets explains his excitement over the Rim Country Middle School seventh-grade team's 26-6 victory over Blue Ridge.


The middle school Mavericks, seen here with Coach Jimmy Oestmann, beat the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets, 26-6.

As the coach of the team, Oestmann took his charges into the unfriendly confines of Pinetop/ Lakeside Sept. 2 and unleashed the one-two punch of quarterback David Weaver and tackle Eddie Welsh on the Jackets.

"Those two would be our most valuable players for the game," Oestmann said.

Weaver engineered the Maverick offense to perfection, scoring two touchdowns on option keep plays.

Weaver also had a punt return that went for a touchdown called back on a clipping penalty.

Tailback Ben Sandoval tacked on another TD scoring on a power play out of the I formation.

While Weaver and Sandoval were powering the offense, Welsh was dominating the line of scrimmage defensively.

With only 14 players on the RCMS roster, most of the athletes had to go both ways and play most of the game.

"We didn't have as many players as they did, but we wore them out," Oestmann said.

Next up for the RCMS Mavericks is the Show Low Cougars at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) on PHS field.

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