The Lions of Kerman roared into Oakhurst last Friday and spoiled Yosemite's Homecoming winning 41-6. Kerman led 17-0 after the first quarter scoring on the ground at will on their way to their first North Sequoia League victory. Kerman (1-1, 3-4) is currently tied for third in the NSL. The loss keeps the Badgers winless in 2012 (0-2, 0-7).
Kerman, like most teams this year, won this game on the ground. Overall, 8 Lions took handoffs. Kerman was led by RB Basilio Gutierrez. Gutierrez had 11 carries for 129 yards and scored two touchdowns. The Lions churned out 356 rushing yards. FB Tony Castillo was a beast rushing for 86 yards on 9 carries and scored a TD.
Yosemite played better job offensively. Joey Woolsey had 155 yards passing but had two interceptions that stopped possible Badger scoring drives. Freshman RB Jayson Lee had 28 yards on 5 carries as Yosemite had a positive rushing output. YHS scored their first touchdown at the end of the game to end a 2 ½ game scoring drought.
The Badgers were forced to air it out as Kerman took a 27-0 halftime lead scoring on their first six possessions. YHS was hamstrung at first as Dillon Moran took the QB reigns for the first quarter as Woolsey sat for disciplinary reasons. The Badgers squandered a first quarter scoring opportunity. After Jayson Lee ripped off an 18-yard run, the Badgers had the ball at the Kerman 35. A sack and fumble stopped the Badger threat. By the time Woolsey returned in the second quarter, it was 17-0 Kerman.
Woolsey connected with Dillon Moran for a 30-yard strike on his first pass play in the second quarter. A Timmy Jones 5-yard run and a Lee 15-yard scamper put YHS on the Kerman 38. A Woolsey interception stopped another potential scoring opportunity. Kerman kept pounding it on the ground. A Gutierrez 15-yard TD and 32-yard FG by Calistro Santiago put Kerman up 27-0 at the half. Santiago had two FG's in the half.
Kerman kept up the pressure in the third quarter, this time scoring from the air. QB Jordan Beene connected with Franquez Harvey for a 38-yard strike midway through the third period to take a 34-0 lead. Yosemite had another opportunity to score. A hike over the head of QB Beene was recovered by Badger LB Bobby McGee on the Kerman 43. After an YHS holding penalty, Woolsey connected with Moran three times and had the ball at the Kerman 8. On a 4th and goal running out of the pocket and pressured, Woolsey threw his second pick to end the scoring threat.
YHS finally ended a long scoring drought on their final drive in the 4th quarter. Woolsey connected with Moran who raced 75-yards down the left side for a touchdown. Moran had a monster night with 137 yards receiving, a season high.
Kerman (3-4, 1-1).....17 10 14 0----41
Yosemite (0-7, 0-2)... 0 0 0 6---- 6
Kerman- Total Yards: 422; Rushing 356; Passing 66.
Yosemite- Total Yards: 189; Rushing 28; Passing 161.
Yosemite passing: Joey Woolsey 10-19-155-2; Dillon Moran 1-5-6-0.
Yosemite rushing: Jayson Lee 5-28; Dillon Moran 2-0; Timmy Jones 3-0; Joey Woolsey 1-0.
Yosemite receiving: Dillon Moran 5-137; Timmy Jones 6-24.
YHS vs. Chowchilla
Next up for the Badgers will be another tough road game Friday against the red hot Chowchilla Redskins. Game times: JV-5pm. and Varsity-7pm. Head Coach Alex Pittz's Redskins are on a 5-game winning streak.
For Yosemite to have a chance, the Badgers will have to stop the run. Chowchilla averages 281 yards rushing per game running out of the double wing. The Redskins run by committee. Chowchilla has 6 capable running backs that see action every game. They are led by junior RB Troy Uphoff. Uphoff has 497 yards on 58 carries and leads Chowchilla with 7 TD's.
Senior QB Devaughn Gaines makes Chowchilla go. Gaines averages 71 yards per game passing and 60 yards rushing. Last week Gaines rushed for 298 yards and scored 5 TD's for a 47-44 win against Washington Union. His senior leadership and athleticism are a big reason the Redskins are on a roll.
Last week: Liberty-21 Sierra-0; Chowchilla-47 Washington Union-44; Kerman-41 Yosemite 6;
The North Sequoia League is shaping up as a two-team race between Liberty-Madera Ranchos and Chowchilla. Since losing their first two games to Sac-Joaquin Section D-IV powers Modesto Christian and Hilmar, the Redskins have reeled off 5 straight wins averaging 45 points per game.
Liberty, the Fresno Bee's #1 ranked D-V team for most of the season is on a 7-game winning streak. Last week, the Hawks blanked Sierra 21-0. Barring anything crazy, the NSL league title will be decided between Liberty and Chowchilla on Nov. 2. It will be a home game for Liberty.
According to MaxPreps.com, Yosemite QB Joey Woolsey (1,171) leads the NSL in passing yards. Dillon Moran (457), Josia Madison (208), and Luke Blate (192) are ranked 1-2-3 in receiving yards year to date. (Note: Kerman has not reported to MaxPreps).
The NSL - Current Standings
|Washington Union||0-2||0-7||120||247||7 losses|