The Yosemite Juniors football team took on the Washington Panthers last Saturday, coming up on the short end of a 34-6 score.
The Badgers received the opening kickoff an marched down the field in 9 lays, but the drive stalled on the 10 yd line where they turnedit over on downs. The Panthers rove down the field and scored to make it 6-0.
After a nice kickoff return by Sage Crosswhite, the Badgers couldn't generate a first down and punted. The Panthers then drove down to the 20 yard line where Austen Burgeno reovered a fumble. After another punt, the Panthers scored again to make it 13-0.
The Panthers scored gain before half, leaving the Badgers down 20-0.
The offensive highlight of the day came on a four play drive where Ty Peterson (7-15-2-1TD-87 yds) hit Sage Crosswhite on a 25 yard touchdown pass.
Austen Bureno carried the ball 10 times for 56 yards on the day and Dylan McCalef had two catches for 29 yards and Chance Boulding had one reception for 20.
Juniors lead early - fall in second half
In a Sept. 29 game, the Junior team started off strong but fell to the Chowchilla Redskins 28-12 last Saturday in Chowchilla.
Yosemite received the opening kickoff and drove down the field in six plays scoring on a five yard run by quarterback Ty Peterson (8-12-105 yards). The extra point was blocked and the Badgers lead 6-0.
The Redskins responded after the kick-off by taking the ball down the field and scoring on a 10-play drive. After the extra point, it was 7-6 Redskins.
The Badgers responded with a six-play drive capped off by an Austen Burgeno 15 yard TD run. Burgeno finished the day with 10 carries for 90 yards and four receptions for 65 yards.
With the Badgers leading 12-7 after the TD, Cannon Eames (12 carries for 105 yards) executed a perfect onside kick that was recovered by Peterson. The drive stalled and the Badgers turned the ball over on downs.
The Badgers defense then held, and the Juniors drove the ball down to the Redskins 10 with 43 seconds to play in the first half. After yhree incomplete passes, the Badgers turned the ball over on downs and the clock expired in the first half with the Badgers up 12-7.
In the second half, the Redskins depth took over the game scoring two late touchdowns to win the game 28-12.
Defensive lineman Jack Montgomery, along with Peterson, Burgeno and Eames were singled out by the coaches for having played an outstanding game for the Badgers.
The Badgers play their last home game of the season this Saturday against the Washington Panthers.
Game times are Might Mights 12, Pee Wees 2 p.m., Juniors 4 p.m. and Seniors 6 p.m.