By Ray Conner
The varsity Broncs stumbled late as they dropped their game to Templeton.
Kern Valley was unable to keep up with the Eagles in Friday night’s non-league contest. Playing at home the Broncs were tied midway through the third quarter when the Eagles doubled up on their score.
It was 15-15 just halfway through the third, Templeton got two more scoring drives to end up with the victory and pushed the Kern Valley record to 1-1 on the year.
The game at the start was looking like the Broncs might run away with the game. They began the scoring with a long drive that capped off with Jacob Lightner hooking up with Aaron Grimby for a touchdown. Jordan Allen’s extra point sailed through the uprights for a 7-0 margin.
The Eagles responded and punched their way into the end zone. Their kicker nailed the PAT to make it 8-7.
The Templeton squad would find the goal line one more time in the first half. They would go for two an convert to put the score at 15-7.
It was time for the Kern Valley team to answer and it would not take long. With the ball sitting at the 20-yard line, Anthony Barton found Conrad Miller open. Miller weaved his way through the Eagles defense and raced the 80 yards for the score. The Broncs went for two and Lightner pounded his way across the goal line for the tying conversion.
After that Kern Valley’s offense stalled and could not respond to the Eagles points.
Passing (150 yards): Barton 7-14 150 yards, Lightner 1-1 20 yards, Miller 0-4-0.
Receiving: Miller 5-111, Grimsby 1-20, Trever Hurley 1-14, Lightner 1-5.
Rushing (294 yards): Lightner 18-144, Miller 14-92, Barton 3-37, A. Grimsby 3-13, Hurley 2-4, Brett Grimsby 2-5.
Tackles: Miller 12, Devon Vittoria 11 (FR), Hurley 10, Pwen Bowen 9, Tanner Tito 6, Fortino Mendez 5, Clayton Hiles 4, Darrell Riley 2, Adam Virto 2, Tyler Cazeras 1.
The Broncs will go on the road on Friday as they travel to McFarland to play the Cougars.