The Yosemite High Badger football team (1-1) christened the recently named Raupp Field with its first win with a 40-16 victory over the Riverdale Cowboys (2-1) Sept. 13. Despite the score, the game was not a "gimme" as the visitors came in with a 2-0 record while Yosemite had suffered a 60-27 defeat in its opening game the prior week against Calavares.
Hopes were high for the Badgers as they were able to field players on both sides of the ball effectively without being diminished by injuries. Riverdale took the opening kick and slowly moved the ball up the filed, converting a third and long and then a fourth down fake punt. The Cowboys eventually got inside the five yard line and went nowhere in three plays, however, a fourth down run around the left end proved successful and the Badgers found themselves in a familiar hole, down 7-0.
After the ensuing kickoff went past the endzone, and Yosemite took over on its own 20, under the direction of quarterback Joey Woolsey. Fourteen plays later the Badgers were on the Cowboys 15 yard line as the first quarter ended.
On the first play of the second quarter, Woolsey passed to back Jayson Lee who scampered in for the touchdown. Lee's extra-point kick was no good, hitting the left upright. Cowboys 7, Badgers 6.
The teams then exchanged possessions and punts until Riverdale converted a third and long into a 43-yard pass completion and found themselves on the Badgers 12 yard line. The Badgers defense stiffened and the Cowboys had to settle for a 29-yard field goal making the score 12-10.
Yosemite marched down the field on Woolsey passes to Donavan Iverson for 14 yards and then on two passes to Cody Elam for 16 and 26 yards. The drive stalled when a Cowboy intercepted a Woolsey pass and ran it to the 16 yard line.
A succession of penalties against both teams moved the ball back and forth during the next series of plays until Riverdale had to punt. On its second play, Woolsey found Iverson on an inside pattern and the receiver ran away for the Cowboys for a 62-yard touchdown. This time the PAT kick hit the right upright and then the crossbar and back on the field, making the score 12-10 Badgers.
With under 10 seconds in the half, Riverdale attempted a deep pass which was picked off by Woolsey who sprinted 60-yards up the sideline for another Badgers touchdown. A fake kick on the PAT resulted in a Woolsey to Iverson two-point conversion and the score was 20-10 Badgers at halftime.Yosemite had scored touchdowns on the first and final plays of the second quarter.
The fervor of the Yosemite fans was tempered when the Badgers fumbled the second half kickoff, but Woolsey soon had his second interception on a fourth down pass.
The Badgers then drove down the field aided by a pass interference penalty and a 14-yard Woolsey pass to Lee setting up a 17-yard TD pass to Elam. The PAT kick was blocked making the score 26-10.
After three punts between the teams, the Badgers put together a drive which culminated in a pair of 22 yard runs by Lee, the second one ending in the arriving in the end zone and a 33-10 lead after the extra-point just cleared the cross-bar. With seconds to go in the third quarter, the Badgers had regained possession and fullback Bobby Magee bullied his way through the middle rambling for a 56-yard touchdown and with extra point kick, the score was 40-10.
The Cowboys were able to score in the waning minutes of play but the Yosemite team secured its first win since the 2011 season.
The Badgers looked good on both sides of the ball with outside linebackers Cameron Monahan and Leo Meza being able to play the whole game. The Cowboys could not block middle linebacker Bobby Magee who led the team in tackles including many for a loss.
Defensive tackles Anthony Archer and Jonathan Zohos controlled the line of scrimmage.
Elam had some long punts with height which kept Riverdale from getting good field position most of the game.
Woolsey was 17-27 passing for 274 yards with two interceptions. On defense, Woolsey had two interceptions from his safety position, one he ran back 60- yards for a TD.
Lee had 72 yards rushing on five carries (14.4 yards per carry average) and 59 yards after catching four passes with one TD from rushing and one from receiving.
Bobby Magee finished with 84 yards on seven carries (12-yards per carry average).
Receivers Elam and Iverson had six and three catches respectively with yardage of 85 and 102.
Rushing: Yosemite, Lee 7-42, Magee 6-67, Meza 4-17, Woolsey 3-(-14). Riverdale: Vega 11-17, Borges 7-5, Vega 6-5, Malagon 6-12, Gonzalez 7-11.
Passing: Yosemite, Woolsey 17-27-1-274. Riverdale: JaimeVega 5-14-2-116, Ivan Vega 1-6-0-17.
Receiving: Yosemite, Elam 6-83, Iverson 4-105, Lassos 1-9, Lee 3-59, Magee 2-14, Monahan 1-4. Riverdale: Martinez 1-12, Ivan Vega 1-7, Borges 1-38, Justin Santos 1-18, August 1-41, Bustamante 1-17.
Tackles: Yosemite: Magee, 10, Monahan, 4, Meza, 4.
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The Badger JV team beat Riverdale 33-6. It was the first win for the team since Nov. 12, 2010, when it beat Sierra 19-13.
The Badgers host the Roosevelt Rough Riders Friday in their third straight home game before hitting the road for four tough games at Mendota, Exeter and then North Sequoia League games at Liberty-Madera Ranchos and Kerman.
Roosevelt has had a rough start losing to Chavez 42-41, Los Banos 47-27, and Atwater 81-6, but the quality of opponents (all with winning records) gives the Rough Riders an advantage coming into the game. Yosemite did not suffer any substantial injuries last week and should be at full strength in their quest to win back-to-back games.