Yosemite High (7-1) got its seventh football victory of the season Oct. 21 with a 47-0 win against Parlier (1-6) at Badger Stadium.
The Badger quick strike offense wasted little time in scoring on its first possession of the game - a 54 yard TD connection from quarterback Tristan Eames to his receiver brother Cannon. Cannon kicked the extra point as regular kicker Joe Campell was unavailable for the game.
Also sitting out the game was Yosemite’s leading rusher Johnny Varian, who had rushed for 1,147 yards in Yosemite’s first seven games of the season. A more than capable replacement at running back was Luke Howell, a 5-foot-6, 160-pound junior who had 563 yards coming into the game. In limited action because of the running clock in the second half, Howell had 15 carries for 117 yards, including a 15-yard TD run up the middle on the Badgers’ second possession of the game.
Penalties against both teams moved the ball back and forth until Yosemite’s Klay Kliest recovered a Parlier fumble on the 24-yard line. On first down, the Eames-to-Eames connection hooked up again for a 76-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion when Tristan carried the ball up the middle out of a special spread formation, making the score 22-0.
Another TD on a 24-yard pass from Eames to Cass Moreno made the score 29-0. After a Cannon Eames interception, Tristan Eames ran for a 31-yard gain, hit sophomore tight end Tyler Matyshock for a 15-yard reception and then lofted a pass into the corner of the end zone for his third TD pass to brother Cannon, making the score 36-0 at half.
After the Badgers offense stalled on the 23-yard line, Cannon kicked a 39-yard field goal to make it 40-0.
With time running down, first year player and 2016 Homecoming King Dalin Haas carried the ball straight ahead nine times - the last carry good for a three-yard TD.
Cannon Eames caught three passes for 140 yards and three TDs, was 4-4 on extra points, kicked a 39-yard field goal and intercepted a pass. On defense, middle linebacker Peter Martinez land Klay Kleist headed a swarm of Badgers in their fourth shutout of the season.
Tristan finished the night 6 of 12 for 189 yards and four TDs, and also rushed five times for 38 yards. Cannon had 140 yards on three receptions - all three for TDs - was 4 for 4 on PATs, and had an interception in addition to his field goal.
“Our young defense was outstanding tonight, getting our fourth shutout of the season and holding our third opponent to negative rushing yards,” Head Coach JD Burnett said. “We did not start one senior on defense and only two on offense.”
Burnett said the Badgers cleaned up penalties and kept in rhythm that lead to the team’s best execution of the season.
Amador Friday night
This Friday the Badgers travel to Sutter Creek to play Amador High (7-1) at 7 p.m..
On paper, the teams are very similar with explosive offenses and stingy defenses.
Amador has scored 273 points in eight games (34 per game average) and have given up 96 (12 per game average). The Buffaloes defense has allowed seven points or less in four of their games.
By comparison, Yosemite has scored 316 points in eight games (39 per game average) and have given up 98 (12 per game average).
The Buffaloes lone loss was 35-14 to an undefeated Sonora team. They scored 61 points against Linden and 59 against both Rio Vista and San Juan (Citrus Heights).
Last week in a 24-14 win over Calaveras, leading rusher Daylon Thomas, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back who gained over a 1,000 yards as a junior, had a 94-yard touchdown run. The second leading rusher, Andrew Keeter scored on a 43-yard carry. The Buffaloes’ 6-foot-2, 170-pound quarterback Anthony Burns completes over 60% of his passes.
Amador has about 800 students and competes in the CIF San Joaquin Section. The Badgers and Buffaloes have had no common opponents this season. Two years ago Amador lost to Mariposa in the playoffs.
35th Mountain Bowl Nov. 4
Next Friday (Nov. 4) Yosemite returns to Badgers Stadium for a showdown with Mountain Bowl rival Sierra (4-4, 0-3 North Sequoia League) in the last regular season game of the season. It will be the 35th Mountain Bowl game between the two schools, with the series tied at 17 wins each.
Sierra won last year’s game 49-33 with 607 total yards of offense.
While Yosemite has played an independent schedule and Sierra plays in the North Sequoia League, both teams compete in D-V of the CIF Central Section and the game will be very important for seeding purposes with the winner possibly getting a home game or bye in the first round of the playoffs, with both teams expecting to qualify.
The Mountain Bowl will also be Senior Night for Yosemite.
Yosemite High School Correspondent