By: Ray Connor
The four Kern Valley youth football teams made the trip to Boron to play this past Saturday.
Week two saw two of the four teams come home with a victory.
The freshmen Broncs came away with a 22-6 win as Talon Montes ran wild. Montes scored all three touchdowns and racked up 194 yards of rushing.
Jonathan Phillips ran for 15 yards and Kayden Brown converted two two-point conversions.
On the defensive side of the ball, Montes collected a team-high 13 tackles. Phillips was credited with eight tackles, while Jacob Arellanes recorded five tackles. Jaxsin Martinez had three tackles, while Brown and Jayden Mendoza each had a pair of tackles. Marcos Marquez wrapped up the defense with one tackle in the game.
The varsity Broncs also earned a victory over Boron. They dominated in every phase to win the game 35-0.
In the shut out win, four different players were able to cross the goal line as the varsity Broncs evened their season record to 1-1. Kern Valley racked up 181 yards of total offense.
Luke Brown led in rushing for the Broncs with 39 yards on five carries and a pair of touchdowns. He would score from 26 yards and two yards.
Hunter Watts went for 35 yards on three rushes and scored on a 15-yard run, while Jake Hurley had 29 yards with three carries. Tyler Dourlain grounded out 25 yards with three touches and one touchdown. Edward Marks carried the ball once that went for a 23 yard touch-down. Kaegen McCarthy finished with 12 yards on one carry, while Cameron Thomas had four yards with one rush. Carson Strange carried once for three yards, while Skyler Devin had one carry that went for two yards.
McCarthy threw the ball just once and completed that pass to Watts for nine yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncs were led by Hurley and Ryan Prince with seven tackles apiece. Christopher Lopez and Dustin Clark each had four tackles. One of Lopez’s tackles was a quarterback sack. Seth Stockwell had three tackles, including a sack, while Watts had three tackles. Wyatt Johnstone, Marks, Brown, Thomas, and Dourlain were credited with two tackles each. Strange, Kayd Melendez, Devin, Adrian Ramos, and Preston Haggard-Markman finished the day with one tackle apiece.
Boron was able to get the better of the Broncs in this one. Kern Valley’s offense struggled to move the ball. On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncs were not able to stop the Boron squad from moving up and down the field.
Eric Sonnier had the lone touchdown for Kern Valley. He raced 55 yards to find the end zone.
Tackles: Jakob Lawson 4, Jude Donoho 3, Jackson Phillips 3, Jaadyn Cleveland 2, Adam Asbury 2, Ryder Kuiper 2, Madix Whitten 2, Jackson Price 1, Joel Donoho 1.
The Kern Valley junior varsity youth football team lost a defensive battle as neither team could muster a lot of offense.
The Broncs finished with 177 total yards in the game. They passed for 70 yards and rushed for 107 yards on 31 carries.
Kern Valley’s lone score came off the pass as Bryce Smoot hooked up with Aiden Madden for 30 yards. Smoot completed three other passes in the game. Ethan Stockwell grabbed one pass for 28 yards, while Daniel Hinkey had one reception that went for 10 yards. Jaden Arellanes hauled in one pass for two yards.
Smoot led the Broncs in the ground game as he rushed for a team-high 63 yards. Carson Parks carried the ball nine times for 32 yards, while Hinkey went for 13 yards with seven rushes. Deegen Lee carried twice to pick up six yards, while Stockwell had a pair of carries that resulted in a minus seven yards.
Hinkey and Mason Forichette shared the team lead in tackles with five apiece. Dalton Windham was credited with four tackles, including a sack, while Tye Humphers and Arellanes each had four tackles. Maverick Mack recorded three tackles, including a sack, while Nick Bangert had three tackles and picked off a Boron pass. Smooot and Lee each finished with a pair of tackles, including a sack, while Jeffrey Clark, Andrew Barton, and Kodey Parker recorded two tackles apiece. Madden closed out the defense with one tackle and one interception.