The Yosemite High Badgers (0-8, 0-3) ran into a team on a roll last Friday as the Redskins of Chowchilla (6-2, 3-0) had ripped off five straight victories under the leadership of one of the more exciting quarterbacks in the Central Section, DeVaughn Gaines. The Badgers become another victim of the Redskins losing 64-14 at Chowchilla, with 36 of those points being scored in the first quarter.
With Liberty losing to Washington Union (48-25) the Redskins control their destiny in the NSL.
Gaines, a senior, did it all for the Redskins. He ran for two touchdowns, returned a 45-yard punt for a TD and passed for another. He had over 200 yards of total offense. Chowchilla had 318 yards on the ground. For the third time this season, the Badgers were held to minus yard rushing and the Redskin defense limited the Badgers to minus eight yards.
Everything was clicking for Chowchilla on their homecoming. Just take Redskin kicker Justin Faafiti. The senior conventional, (not soccer style) kicker had three kickoffs out of the end zone. The Redskins also played virtually mistake free football.
"We let them get up on us early," said YHS head coach Kent Lincoln. "Our team had opportunities early to get points. We dropped a touchdown pass early. We aren't consistent. We need to put things together early to build positive momentum at the start of the game. We just haven't been able to do that often this year."
Chowchilla got off to a quick 22-0 lead before Badger QB Joey Woolsey connected with receiver Dillon Moran for a 44-yard touchdown pass. A Luke Blate PAT made it 22-7 Redskins. It was all Chowchilla from there.
The Redskins went on to score the next 35 points. Woolsey and Moran connected on a nine-yard TD at the end of the third period. Moran had another good game catching six passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. It was Moran's second straight 100 plus receiving yards night.
"Joey Woolsey had a really good game on both offense and defense," said Lincoln.
Woolsey, a sophomore, who started as a defensive back for the first time this season. Lincoln also gave linebacker Cameron Simonsen kudos.
"Cameron had a great game," Lincoln said. "He was in on so many plays. He gave it all he had."
Chowchilla total yards: 380. Yosemite total yards: 177.
Chowchilla rushing: Gaines, 8-98; Fernando Martinez 1-75; Frankie Schwartz 9-55; Patrick Flanagan 4-34; Troy Uphoff 4-26; Evan Ortiz 4-13; Dustin Gaither 4-10; Anthony Stewart 1-7.
Yosemite rushing: Josia Madison 4-10; Woolsey 7-(-18).
Chowchilla passing: Gaines 2-6-0-62, 1 TD.
Yosemite passing: Woolsey 13-27-2-185, 2 TD's.
Chowchilla receiving: Uphoff 1-37; Gaither 1-25.
Yosemite receiving: Moran 6-129; Luke Blate 6-45; Timmy Jones 1-11.
NSL scores from 8-19
Washington Union 48, Liberty 25
Sierra 35, Kerman 6
Chowchilla 64, Yosemite 14
Yosemite vs. Washington Union
The Badgers travel to Easton to play Washington Union Friday. The JV teams play at 5 p.m. and the varsity kicks-off at 7 p.m.
The 2011 California State CIF D-III champions were hard hit at graduation and the team started the season 0-6. The Panthers are led by sophomore QB Landon Barberich. Barberich was 11 of 19 for 237 yards and three TD's against Liberty last week. The Panthers will still pound it on the ground. Their running back is Javin Harrison who tore up Liberty rushing for 270 yards and three touchdowns.
Union has produced 92 points in their last two games. The Panthers also had a close game with Chowchilla two weeks ago losing 47-44.
The Panther defense has been suspect giving up an average of 34 points per game.