Fowler still has Minarets’ number in West Sequoia League football opener

Minarets wide receiver Rhett Samper turns the corner against the Fowler defense.
Minarets wide receiver Rhett Samper turns the corner against the Fowler defense. Special to the Sierra Star

The Fowler Redcats (3-2, 1-0) continued their winning ways over Minarets (1-3, 0-1) with a 51-29 football win Friday, Sept. 14 at Fowler. It was the first West Sequoia League game for both teams. The Redcats have now won eight straight against the Mustangs.

“We felt like we matched up well against Fowler but we knew we had to have a good game on offense,” Mustangs head coach Becher Marr said. “This one was tough. We battled hard and our guys played their hearts out.”

The game contained a number of flags and a few controversial calls from game officials.

Mustangs quarterback Marty Urroz had another strong performance off of his record-setting outing last week against Tranquillity. Urroz was 26 of 37 for 432 yards with four touchdowns.

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Preston Conti goes up for a reception over a Fowler defender. courtesy Minarets Football Special to the Sierra Star

Preston Conti had his second straight 200-yard-plus receiving performance. Conti caught 10 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan Rodkey had his best game this season. Rodkey caught seven passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. Zack Redman had his second straight 100-yard-plus performanc with eight catches for 104 yards.

Running back Tyson Ellis was limited to 51 yards on 12 carries, his lowest output this season. The Mustangs were shut down on the ground and it was a key factor in the loss. Overall, Minarets had 492 yards of total offense but only 60 yards rushing.

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Jordan Rodkey sets off on a return against Fowler. courtesy Minarets Football Special to the Sierra Star

On defense, Dylan De La Cruz did all he could to stop the Redcats offense. De La Cruz led all defenders with 25 tackles (13 solo and 12 assisted). It was De La Cruz’s best performance of the season.

Joseph Gonzales had 10 tackles and led Minarets with two sacks. Trevor Trimble had nine tackles, three for loss. Bobby Barr had seven tackles.

JV – Fowler (3-0, 1-0) beat the Minarets JV (0-4, 0-1) 34-0.

Minarets to host Orange Cove

The Mustangs face West Sequoia League newcomer Orange Cove. The game will be played Friday, Sept. 21 at Minarets. JV start is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and Varsity at 7:30.

The Titans of Orange Cove are a perfect 5-0 in 2018. Orange Cove has outscored opponents 229-30.

Orange Cove, formerly of the East Sierra League, is having a strong bounce-back season. Last year the Titans were 3-8. They feature a balanced offense averaging 212 yards rushing and 167 passing.

QB Zack Ramirez has 716 yards passing with eight TDs against only two interceptions. Ramirez is also a threat on the ground rushing for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

Mario Reynosa is the leading rusher. Reynosa has rushed for 307 yards on 36 carries averaging 8.5 yards per carry. Reynosa leads the Titans with nine rushing touchdowns. Reynosa is also a threat out of the backfield with a team-leading 15 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Leon leads Orange Cove with 200 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.

“When you play a tough schedule, you plan for every week to be a good matchup,” Marr said. “This one will be no different. We will be ready.”