For the fourth consecutive year, the Minarets Mustangs youth football senior squad played in the Nov. 15 Central Valley Youth Football League’s "Super Bowl," losing to the Caruthers Blue Raiders, 7-6. It was the programs fourth chance at the league trophy in as many years.
The team went undefeated in the regular season, behind the arm of Cody Woolsey and the legs of son Austin Bebout. The squad had many standout players on both sides of the ball including Arron Hall, the talented eighth grader who excelled at multiple positions as well as kicker/punter. Preston Conti was another of the outstanding players Bebout has molded over his four years as coach.
Bebout’s team beat Orosi in round one of the playoffs, 13-8. In round two the Mustangs got a bit of revenge, beating Fowler 42-0 - the same Fowler team that bounced the Mustangs them from last years play-offs. Their reward, a rematch with Caruthers.
The Blue Raiders gave the Mustangs their toughest game of the season six weeks ago. A 30-28 double over-time win, in which the Mustangs won the game on a blocked extra point as the clock winded down.
Things didn't end as well this time around.
As expected, it was a physical, defensive game. Twice the Blue Raiders drove the ball inside the Mustangs red zone, only to be turned back, scoreless, while Caruthers picked off Woolsey approaching the red zone to turn back the Mustangs. The game went to the half with no score.
The Mustangs wasted little time, receiving the second half kick. Woosley returned the ball 50 yards to the Caruthers 32 yard line. Four plays later, Woolsey connected with Paul Antonio for the Mustangs only score of the game - a 25 yard strike, good for a 6-0 lead after a failed PAT attempt.
Caruthers answered back with a 12 play, 63-yard drive, resulting in a tie score with 7:53 to play in the game. The Blue Raider’s passing PAT was good for the 7-6 win.