The Yosemite High Badgers (1-7, 0-4 NSL) had the homecoming crowd hopeful last Friday against Chowchilla High (3-5, 1-2) after playing inspired error-free football in the first quarter. Unfortunately, the Badgers could manage only one turnover-free quarter and were defeated by the Redskins 47-14. Chowchilla scored 40 points in three quarters off six Yosemite turnovers.
Yosemite stopped Chowchilla on their opening drive when defensive back Cody Elam picked off a pass from Patrick Flanagan and returned it to the YHS 32. Badger quarterback Joey Woolsey hit Elam for a 22-yard pass and sophomore Jayson Lee would do the rest. Lee carried the ball five times for 24 yards, scoring on a four yard run. Lee's running and Woolsey's accuracy kept the Redskin defense off balance during the drive. Donovan Iverson booted the point after. Yosemite dominated the first quarter leading 7-0.
The Badger defense stopped the Redskins on three straight possessions. But Chowchilla would storm back scoring off of four Badger turnovers. Running out of a no-huddle wing T, Redskin quarterback Flanagan engineered a four play, 53-yard drive scoring on a 24 yard run to knot it up 7-7. YHS fumbled on their next possession. Chowchilla took over at the Badger 23, with Redskin running back Troy Uphoff eventually scoring from four yards out. A fumble on the ensuing kick-off by Badger Drew Lassos set up Chowchilla deep in Badger territory. Three plays later Chowchilla running back Danny Chavez scored on a six-yard run.
After the kick-off, Yosemite would turn it over again on a Woolsey interception at the YHS 41.
Newly inserted Redskin quarterback Joel Andrade quickly hit Jimmy DeWall for a 28-yard touchdown and the shell-shocked Badgers were down 21-7.
Another Yosemite kick return fumble just before half set-up another Chowchilla TD on a Flanagan 18-yard run. The versatile Flanagan scored three touchdowns running and passing on the night.
At the end of the second quarter Woolsey drove the team to the Redskin's 25 but the Badgers couldn't score, and found themselves behind 27-7 at half.
The Badgers committed two third quarter turnovers The Redskins scored on one of them with Flanagan catching a 34-yard pass from Andrade.
Lee scored his second touchdown late in the fourth on a 17 yard run with a depleted offensive line working hard to give Lee running lanes.
It was another strong night for Lee, scoring all of Yosemite's points. He had 106 yards rushing on 17 carries. It was the first 100-yard night for a Badger rusher since Bobby Woolsey in 2010. Lee also caught two passes for 44 yards, and he did it all with a nagging shoulder injury he has had most of the season.
The team has scored 158 points through eight games this season while giving up 410.
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- Rushing: Lee, 17-106, Bobby Magee 5-27, Cameron Monahan 1-0, Joey Woolsey 5-5.
- Passing: Joey Woolsey, 11-30-120-3.
- Receiving: Elam 4-36, Lassos 3-32, Lee 2-44, Monahan 1-5, Anthony Moreno, 1-3.
The Chowchilla Redskins JV scored on offense, defense, and special teams defeating the JV Badgers 47-7.
The once high scoring Badger offense has had its troubles in North Sequoia League play. Yosemite sophomore receiver Brian Woolsey had 122 yards of total offense.
North Sequoia League
Liberty High's (7-1, 2-1) 13 game winning streak and first place in the league standings game to an end last Friday night as the Hawks were defeated by the Washington Union Panthers (5-3, 3-0) 26-18.
Union has now won five straight games and is in the driver seat for the NSL title.
In a bit of a shocker Kerman (6-2, 2-1) lost 27-14 to Sierra (4-4, 1-2) in Tollhouse. The Lions host Liberty in a big NSL contest this Friday. Kerman must defeat Liberty and Union to keep their title hopes alive.
Washington Union at Yosemite Friday
The red hot Washington Union Panthers visit Yosemite Friday. The 2011 D-IV state title winner has won five 5 straight and is 3-0 in NSL play.
Quarterback Luis Escobedo leads a well-balanced Panther offense.
Senior wide out DeMelvin Stell torched Liberty last week for two touchdowns and 173 yards receiving and rushing. Senior running back Javin Harrison ran for over 220 yards against YHS last year.
- Washington (5-3 3-0) 26, Liberty (7-1, 2-1) 18
- Sierra (4-4, 1-2) 27, Kerman (6-2, 2-1) 14.
- Chowchilla (3-5, 1-2) 47, Yosemite (1-7, 0-3) 17.
- NSL standings
- Washington 3-0
- Liberty 2-1
- Kerman 2-1
- Sierra 1-2
- Chowchilla 1-2
- Yosemite 0-3