By: Ray Conner
For the first time in a long time, the varsity Broncs football team has a winning streak.
While it has only reached two games, this bodes well for the future of Kern Valley football.
After taking care of Boron on Homecoming, the Broncs traveled to Desert.
The Scorpions would have no sting as they were dominated by Kern Valley all game. The Broncs would score the 54-0 victory that moved them into third place in the High Desert League. With a record of 3-6, 2-2 HDL, the Broncs scored eight touchdowns and were very stingy on defense.
The blowout win gave Kern Valley a chance to see some of the future as some of the jayvee players that were called up got to play in the game. Two would even get in on the scoring for the Broncs.
The Broncs scored on their first possession and never looked back. Kern Valley would score twice more in the first quarter to go up 20-0. In the second they added three more scores to take the 39-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Broncs scored twice more in the third to create the final score.
The Kern Valley defense allowed just 22 total yards to the Desert squad. The Scorpions rushed for a minus four yards and threw for 26 yards. Twice they picked off the Desert quarterback. Carlos Martinez, up from the junior varsity had one interception that turned into a pick-six. Kern Valley in the game blocked two Desert punts to help out the offense.
Offensively, Kern Valley recorded 325 total yards. They carried the ball 31 times for 243 yards and six touchdowns. In the passing game, the Broncs had 80 yards off of six completions and one score.
Kaden Preston was 5-of-13 passing for 74 yards and one scoring toss. Josh
Papp threw the ball once and completed it for six yards.
On the receiving end, Davin Lee led the team with three receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown. Arian Navin hauled in a pair of passes for 22 yards, while Ryan Walker grabbed one catch for 21 yards.
On the ground, Vincent Pearman ran for 101 yards with 10 carries. He would cross the goal line three times on runs from nine, five, and six yards. Preston rushed for 72 yards on eight carries, while Navin had eight touches for 45 yards. He scored twice on runs from one and three yards. Kieran McCarthy picked up 10 yards on two carries, while Papp another jayvee call up, had one carry that covered 10 yards. The one rush from Papp went for a touchdown. Shelton Alley carried twice for nine yards.
Defensively, the Broncs were led by Alley with eight tackles. Tristen Kuiper, Malakai Seidel, and Damon Sage each had four tackles in the game. Noah Alexander was credited with three tackles, including a sack, while James Davis also had three tackles. Lucas Harris recorded two tackles and pulled in an interception, while Michael Moreno, Blake Troller, Brett Grimsby, and Ernesto Topete had a pair of tackles. Martinez had one tackle and the interception, while Walker, Stephen Rous, Johnny Tedrow, Nick Timms, and Derrick Hinkey had one tackle apiece.
Head coach Ben Goffinet said, “The team played very well throughout the game. The offensive and defensive lines were dominant and a lot of kids got to play. It was a very good night. Next week Rosamond will play tough, but we’re excited to finish the regular season at home.”
The game this Friday against the Roadrunners of Rosamond will be Senior Night.