Yosemite High traveled to the west side of the valley Sept. 27 to face the mighty Aztecs of Mendota (3-1), the two-time defending CIF D-VI champions, and their record-setting running back Edgar Segura, who ran for 370 yards and seven touchdowns in the Aztecs 65-26 win over the Badgers (1-3).
Segura averaged 14 yards per carry.
The Aztecs pride themselves on their running game. Overall this season, Mendota averages 346 yards rushing per contest. Most of this comes from Segura.
The Badgers hurt themselves early. Coming off a six turnover performance against Roosevelt, YHS fumbled on its second play, giving the ball to Mendota on the Badger 14. Segura took a pitch-out right and went into the end zone for a touchdown. The point after failed but the Aztecs led 6-0.
Segura then scored on a 16-yard TD on Mendota's next possession. The Badger defense saw multiple offensive sets from the Aztecs which kept them off-balance all night.
After stopping Mendota on their third possession, YHS took over at their own 44. With the run ineffective, Yosemite went to the air. After two dropped passes the Badgers faced fourth and 10 when quarterback Joey Woolsey hit wide receiver Donovan Iverson for a 44-yard touchdown. Iverson showed a burst of speed and outraced Aztec defenders. Woolsey targeted Iverson most of the night and the senior receiver responded.
Despite two turnovers, the Badgers were back in it down 12-6 with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
As expected, Mendota responded with Segura. On the Aztec's next possession, the senior burst through the right side and sped 65 yards downfield to the end zone. The two-point conversion failed, but Mendota was up 18-6 at the end of the first quarter. Segura's first quarter stats: 116 yards and three touchdowns.
Mendota would score on each possession in the second quarter with Segura doing most of the damage. He scored two more second quarter touchdowns, including a 29-yard screen pass. The Aztecs blew open a close first quarter by scoring 28 unanswered points in the second. The game was over by halftime with Mendota leading 46-12.
Statistically, Segura is one of the greatest running backs in Central Section history, moving to third all-time in touchdowns scored in the Central Section after Friday's game. If he can score 40 touchdowns this season, he will break the section touchdown mark. He already has 17 in just four games. He is also closing in on the all-time yardage record amassing more than 1,000 yards this season. He is not a power back and only runs a 4.6 in the 40. He is patient, waits for his blocks, has incredible footwork, and a great burst in the open field.
With the game effectively out of reach the Badgers did manage to score some points in the second half. In the third quarter senior fullback Bobby Magee scored on an 8-yard burst up the middle. In the fourth quarter, Woolsey hit senior Cody Elam for a 17-yard TD. On top of the loss, the Badgers lost sophomore impact player Jayson Lee to a shoulder injury. It is undetermined if Lee will play this Friday against Exeter.
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Rushing: Yosemite: Lee, 2-5, Magee, 16-40, Monahan, 1-20, Woolsey, 2-0. Mendota: Segura, 19-390, Mendoza, 4-65.
Passing: Yosemite: Woolsey, 13-34-2-224. Mendota, trejo, 3-7-59.
Receiving: Yosemite: Iverson, 5-98, Lassos, 1-15, Lee, 3-50, Monahan, 3-42, O"Brien, 1-19. Mendota: Quinteros, 2-35, Segura, 1-29.
The Badger JV team lost 41-21 giving them 1-3 record on the season.
The Badgers travel to Exeter to face the powerful Monarchs (3-2).
Exeter of the tough Central Sequoia League is a perennial playoff team and has been for many years. The Monarchs, led by head coach Ben White, blanked the Badgers 55-0.
The Monarchs predominantly run the ball averaging nearly 200 yards per game. Exeter's leading rusher is junior Austin Cardoza who has gained 773 yards rushing and has scored seven touchdowns this season. He is only 5-foot-5 but is very quick and is not afraid to run between the tackles.
Exeter splits quarterback duties between senior Adin Trujillo and junior Javier Brito. Neither is a threat to run but are fairly efficient in the passing game with a combined seven TDs through the air with only two picks between them.
Game times: 5 p.m. JV 7 p.m. varsity.