The Yosemite Youth Football teams were in action Saturday with the Pee Wee and Junior teams coming out on top.
Pee Wee team
The Yosemite Badger Pee Wee football team had a close call Saturday eaking out a 14-13 win over the Tranquility Aggies.
The Badgers started quickly with a 15-yard pass on the first offensive play of the game from Nolan Leforge to Christian Conti. But the Badgers offense stalled for the next three and a half quarters because of penalties and miscues.
After Tranquility intercepted a Badger pass which resulted in a touchdown and PAT, the Badger defense, led by Brendan Gilaspy and Luke Tovar, stiffened, stopping the Aggies until the middle of the fourth quarter when the Aggies scored their first offensive touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, Luke Tovar returned the ball 68-yards for the Badgers first score and Dylan Trotter caught a Nolan LeForge pass in the end zone for the two point conversion. The Badgers onside kick was recovered by Tovar at the 40-yard line.
With the Badgers trailing with under a minute to play, Tovar ran a quarterback keeper and despite being hit by five different Aggie defenders, kept his momentum and stayed upright into the end zone. Tranquility had one last opportunity to win, but fumbled the ball away after a jarring hit from Drew Robertson and Tovar recovered. The Badgers face Liberty Ranchos Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. at Badger Stadium.
The junior team came away with a 27-0 victory against Tranquility with its second shutout in as many games. After the opening kickoff, Badger quarterback Jeremy Miller ran two quarterback keepers, one for 11 yards and the other for 29 yards and a touchdown. Miller's pass to Brian Woolsey was complete for the PAT and with 7:16 left in the first quarter, Yosemite lead 7-0.
The Aggies attempted a faked a punt, but defensive end Carson Conti tackled the runner for a three-yard loss.
After Yosemite re-gained possession, Miller hit Zack Clayton on a swing pass for a 15-yard touchdown. The PAT fell incomplete and with 6:46 left in the first half, the Badgers led 13-0.
On Tranquility's next offensive series, the quarterback attempted some trickery running an option play that went wrong. Jayson Lee crushed the quarterback just as he pitched.
The ball was picked up by nose guard Evan Diehl. With a wall of blockers protecting him, Diehl raced untouched 37-yards into the end zone. Miller's quarterback keeper on the PAT was good, and with 6:19 left in the half, Yosemite led 20-0.
The second half opened with Yosemite defense forced a fumble that Miller scooped it up on the Aggies 21.
Miller then connected with Lee on a pass over the middle for 12 yards to the nine.
Miller then scored the keeper. The PAT was good, and with 1:38 left in the fourth quarter, the Badgers were up 27-0.
"In our last two games we have had back-to-back stellar performances by our defense, no matter what string was in," Junior coach Joe Maurer said after the game.
"We held Tranquility to five first downs and no points. "Our offense was outstanding, too, even though we had some horrendously bad calls, scoring almost at will. "The kids persevered through clips and crack-back blocks that were never called as well as giving the ball back to Tranquility on three separate occasions when we shouldn't have. I'm really proud of these kids, and I feel very lucky to have the coaches and players I have."