The No. 1 ranked and undefeated D-V Liberty Hawks (6-0, 1-0) dominated the Yosemite Badgers (0-6, 0-1) last Friday at Badger Stadium posting a 48-0 shutout in the League opener for both teams.
The Hawks won this game on the ground. And they spread the wealth. Six different Hawks scored rushing touchdowns. Liberty outgained the Badgers 361 to minus 39 yards on the round. It is the second straight week the Badgers produced no rushing yardage. Hawk running back AJ Leon had 105 yards on 11 carries and a TD to lead Liberty's ground attack.
Liberty scored on their first six possessions and took a 41-0 lead into halftime. The Badger offense just had no answers, especially in the first half. The last Yosemite score took place before halftime of the Mendota game on Sept. 21. The Badgers have been outscored 103 to 0 in their last two games. On the season the Badgers have scored 67 points to their opponents 293.
Like the Exeter game, Yosemite came out of halftime and moved the ball well. Sophomore quarterback Joey Woolsey, despite two interceptions, moved the team but the Badgers could not put any points on the board. Both a fourth quarter running clock and minimal passing success by the Hawks QB Zach Richey kept the score from being worse.
One of the few positives were on special teams. The Badgers got solid return yardage from Drew Lassos, Jayson Lee and Timmy Jones. On four occasions, YHS got the ball in good field position after kick-off or punt returns. The offense just could not put it together, and it starts with the running game. The Badger running attack has been virtually non-existent in 2012. Virtually all defenses key on the passing game. Last Friday was no exception.
Woolsey had little time but still hit 16 of 35 passes for 149 yards. Woolsey threw a pick-6 in the second half.
Running back Josia Madison had his best day of the year as a receiver getting five catches for a team leading 63 yards. Madison typically lined up in the slot and got open. Lassos had two catches for 35 yards. The junior wide receiver.defensive back is becoming a solid weapon in the passing attack. Despite being doubled most of the night, senior receiver Dillon Moran had three catches for 33 yards. Moran is still YHS's best go to receiver in the end zone fade.
On defense, linebacker Madison had a monster game. He had 10 solo tackles and an assist for the YHS defense. The Badger defense limited the Hawks to only 54 receiving yards and few big plays.
Defensive back Luke Blate had seven tackles, six solo. Both DB's Lee and Lassos had six solo tackles.
Recent team addition, senior DB Derek Jenkins continues to contribute. He had five tackles, four solo. In just two games, Jenkins has 10 tackles.
Score by quarters
Liberty: 21 20 7 0 -- 48
Yosemite: 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Rushing: Liberty: Wade Wallace 9-56; Clay Collins 6-46; Brandon Hutchings 9-58; Logan Doss 6-61; AJ Leon 11-105; Nick Berges 5-29; Lukas Newcomb 1-6.
Yosemite: Lee 5 (-11); Madison 3 (-7); Woolsey 4 (-21).
Passing: Liberty, Zach Richey 5-6-0 (-1).
Passing: Yosemite, Joey Woolsey 16-35-2-149.
Receiving: Liberty, JJ Santa Cruz 1 (-1).
Yosemite: Madison 5-63; Moran 3-33; Lee 3-3; Lassos 2-35; Jones 1-10; Blate 1-5.
Yosemite Defense: Madison 10 solo tackles, 1 assist; Blate 7 solo, 1 assist; Lassos 6 solo; Lee 6 solo; Bobby McGee 5 solo, 1 assist; Jenkins 4 solo, 1 assist.
Homecoming Friday against Kerman
Yosemite hosts the Kerman Lions (2-4, 0-1) for Homecoming 2012 this Friday. Last week, Kerman took a 29-0 beat down at Chowchilla, who has reeled off four straight wins.
Kerman head coach Chris Melgoza's squad has played a tough non-league schedule. The Lions beat Madera South (31-20), and an always tough Bronco team of Dos Palos (28-12). The losses were to Corcoran, (19-16), Kingsburg (28-10) and Chowchilla (29-0).
Offensively Kerman is inconsistent. They scored 88 points or 14 per game. The Lions are led by senior QB Jordan Beene. Beene directs more than he throws. He has only completed 12 of 36 for 112 yards, 0 TD's and 1 interception on the season.
The Badgers know the Lions will pound the rock. Like Liberty, the Lions usually utilize six running backs. Kerman is led by junior running back Basilio Gutierrez who has rushed 44 times for 143 yards but has yet to score a TD.
When Kerman gets close its Antonio Castillo's turn. The 5-foot-10, 210 pound senior running back/ shredded Dos Palos on Sept. 28 with 217 yards and scored four TDs.
Yosemite simply needs to play inspired football like they did against Mendota. The Badger D has to stop the run for any chance of success. If YHS cannot re-start their offensive running game, then the Lions D will pack the secondary and put the game on the back of Woolsey and the receiving corps. More receivers need to get their hands on the ball. Last week, Madison got five catches. It is now a weapon the Lions D will have to account for. If Blate, Lassos and Madison are involved, it will be tough to double team Moran.
Look for Lincoln and staff to get the offense on track and end the scoring drought. The team needs to find the spark that was working in Yosemite's first three games, where the Badgers averaged 20 points per game.
North Sequoia League standings as of 10/11:
School NSL Overall PF PA
Liberty 1-0 6-0 218 41
Sierra 1-0 5-1 157 91
Chowchilla 1-0 4-2 197 133
Kerman 0-1 2-4 88 138
Yosemite 0-1 0-6 67 293
Washington Union 0-1 0-6 76 200