Second half surge sparks JV win

editorial@sierrastar.comSeptember 24, 2013 

The Yosemite Badgers JV football team (2-1) are now owners of a two-game winning streak.

Last Friday, the team stormed out in the second half scoring 26 unanswered points on the way to a 46-28 win over Roosevelt (0-2). This was a team that won zero games the last two seasons. The combination of freshman quarterback Tristan Eames and sophomore wide receiver Brian Woolsey was lethal. Eames ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more. The 5-foot-8 Woolsey caught seven passes, two for touchdowns and took a punt return 60 yards for a TD. Overall, Woolsey had 205 all-purpose yards.

"We are really happy with our start," head coach Pat Lynch said. "Our offense has really come together. Tristan made some big plays. His job in the read option is to read defenses. He makes great decisions. He is a playmaker."

Lynch was also pleased with the defense.

"I was really happy with our defensive effort," Lynch said. "We put together some stops in the second half that really helped. Roosevelt spread the field. It was critical stopping their quarterback. Our middle linebacker Alex Alvarado may some really big plays shadowing their quarterback."

The win was an emotional one for this team.

"We dedicated this game to Jacob Shumaker," Eames said. Jacob Shumaker was only 17 when he tragically killed on January 19 skateboarding accident in Yosemite Lakes Park. Jacob's brother, Steve, is the left tackle protecting Eames. "We are a close team," Eames said. "We are here for each other. It meant a lot to win this game for Steve and his family." Jacob was honored in a moment of silence prior to the varsity game.

Two weeks ago, Eames and Woolsey put the offense in high gear defeating Riverdale 33-6. The offense kept the momentum going against Roosevelt. After scoring just 12 points in the opener against Calaveras, YHS has scored 79 in their last two games. Eames has thrown for nearly 200 yards in all three games.

Game Stats:

Rushing: Yosemite: Alex Alvarado 6-18, Brenndon Craib 2-8, Eames 20-42, Josh Jackson 3-27.

Passing: Yosemite: Eames 10-19-2-185.

Receiving: Yosemite: Corin Figueroa 1-20, Hunter Fisk 2-20, Woolsey 7-145.

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