The Yosemite Badger Youth Junior football team (9-1) will face Firebaugh (9-1) for the Tri County Youth Football League Super Bowl, at 5 p.m., Saturday, at Sierra High School.
The Badgers beat Kerman 30-0 on Nov. 14, in the semi-finals round of the league playoffs. It was a big win, and pay-back time for the Badgers, as Kerman earlier in the season gave the Badgers their only loss of the year, winning 27-8.
The Badger’s four TDs against Kerman came on a tight end reverse by Rylan Matyshock; a pass from quarterback Jadyn Carter to Steven Baker; a bootleg dash by Carter; and an off-tackle run by Baker.
Zachary Palmer converted three out of four 2-pont PATs.
The team advanced to the semi finals, with a playoff opening round 36-26 victory over Kingsburg on Nov. 7, after the game was tied 12-12 at halftime.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Badgers were ahead 28-20, before Kingsburg scored again. The Viking’s attempt at a two-point conversion was blocked, leaving the Badgers ahead 28-26.
Late in the fourth quarter, Yosemite scored again, and Palmer made the 2-point after TD kick, increasing the Badger’s lead to 36-26.
With less than two minutes left in the game, Badger Kyler Schaefer intercepted a Kingsburg pass to end the game.
“The kids have worked hard all season long and have earned the right to be in Saturday’s Super Bowl,” said Coach Randy Matyshock. “It’s been a while since a Yosemite team has been in the Super Bowl, and the players are encouraging the community to come over to Sierra Saturday to support them in their biggest game of the year.”