The Yosemite High Badgers have a lot of work to do after last week's season opening 64-21 loss to the visiting Calaveras Redskins. The Badgers looked good at times from both sides of the ball but made too many mistakes to keep the game competitive that plus the fact the Badgers had no answer for the only returning offensive skill starter for Calaveras, Mike Seawell who had 249 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns including one on a punt return and one on an interception.
The Yosemite defense started out well, stopping the Redskin's first drive led by quarterback Cameron Monahan, but the Badgers immediately turned over the ball on a fumble and Calaveras drove to take a 6-0 lead, missing the PAT kick.
After receiving the kickoff and starting on their 32 yard line, the Badgers marched down the field in four plays, all resulting in first downs, including a Joey Woolsey pass to Cody Elam and pitches and passes to sophomore running back Jayson Lee. The drive stalled on the Calaveras 13 yard line.
Soon after Seawell took a hand-off and scampered 87 yards for a touchdown and then topped it with a two-yard run for a two-point conversion making the score 14-0.
Yosemite's next drive went nowhere and Seawell struck again taking the punt past Yosemite defenders and into the end zone. Calaveras 21-0.
On the next Yosemite drive, Seawell intercepted a Woolsey pass and went 18 yards for another touchdown and the score was quickly 30-0. The Redskins added another TD to make the score 37-0 at halftime.
After an enthusiastic performance by the Yosemite marching band at halftime, the Badgers found some life as Elam excited the crowd by taking the second half kickoff to his left, reversed his field and went 87 yards for a touchdown and possibly Yosemite's most exciting play of the night.
The PAT kick was no good.
On the Redskin's first play after the kickoff, the Badgers recovered a fumble. Yosemite drove down the field on runs by Lee and then scored on a Woolsey pass to Elam.
The Badgers faked a kick on the PAT and Woolsey found Drew Lassos in the end zone making the score 37-14.
The Redskins soon answered with a 55-yard touchdown run by Seawell.
The Badgers were able to sustain one other drive for a Bobby Magee two-yard touchdown run.
The final 64-21 score was similar to last year's game at Calaveras that the Redskins won 54-20.
For Yosemite, quarterback Woolsey ended the game with nine completions in 19 attempts for 93 yards with three interceptions, and was sacked twice for minus 18 yards.
Lee compiled a total of 128 with 111 on the ground on 11 carries and two receptions for 17 yards. Brandon O'Brien had 39 yards rushing and Magee picked up 24 yards on seven carries.
In addition to Lee, three Badgers had two receptions Elam (17 yards - one TD), Drew Lassos (42 yards - one 2-point PAT), and O'Brien (seven yards).
On the defensive side, Cameron Monahan and Anthony Archer each had six solo tackles with Brandon O'Brien getting five and a fumble recovery.
Coach Kent Lincoln and his staff will address the Badgers' turnovers this week in practice.
Score by quarters:
Yosemite: 0 - 0 - 21 - 0 - 21
Calavares: 14 - 23 - 14 - 13 - 64
The Badger JV team lost 61-12.
Before the start of the varsity game, a moment of silence was held in memory of Token Adams, 41, the 1990 YHS graduate who was killed in an ATV accident in New Mexico while working for the U.S. Forest Service. Adams was a popular student at Yosemite where he ran cross country.
On Friday night at Badgers Stadium, the Yosemite football team hosts the 2-0 Riverdale Cowboys. Riverdale has beaten Laton 33-20 and Orange Cove 34-6.
A couple of weeks back, the Badgers had reasonable anticipation of getting a win over small school Riverdale at Raupp Field, the home grounds being named last season in honor of longtime Yosemite employee Steve Raupp, former superintendent, principal, athletic director and head varsity football coach.
Both the Badgers and Cowboys went winless last season and the Yosemite team was considered to be much improved, although Riverdale has started the season with two wins the two victories avenged Riverdale's losing scores last year of of 55-0 and 69-8 to Laton and Orange Cove.
The Riverdale team was coached by former YHS teacher/assistant coach Dana Minard for the four years prior to this season.
JV kick-off is 5 p.m. varsity 7 p.m.