By Ray Conner
Kern Valley’s varsity football team took a trip to the coast. Things would not go well as they were humbled by Mission Prep.
The Broncs coming off a win at home over Silver Valley took the long bus ride to San Luis Obispo to take on the Mission Prep Royals to open up the holiday weekend.
It was all Royals as they took control from the start and never looked back. They scored the first 35 points en route to drubbing the home town Broncs 42-14.
Mission Prep set the tone for the night after taking the opening kickoff. Setting up first-and-10 at their own 35-yard line, the first scrimmage play of the game resulted in a 65-yard scoring toss for the Royals. They went up 7-0 and when the first quarter horn sounded they were enjoying a 28-0 cushion. After three quarters the Royals were still comfortably ahead 35-0. They finished it off with another touchdown.
In the game, the defense looked overwhelmed by the high flying Royals squad. They moved up and down the field putting the Broncs against the wall and then pushing through the wall into the end zone.
Mission Prep racked up 411 yards of offense as they rushed for 259 yards and threw for 152.
By contrast, the Broncs offense at times looked out of sync and sputtered. They were limited to 270 total yards. They rushed for 118 and threw for 152.
Both touchdowns the Broncs were able to score came in the second half and they came from the arm of Davin Lee. He hit Spenser Hansen on both occasions, once for 50 yards and one for 10 yards. On the night, Lee was 12-of -18 for 152 yards. He hit six different Kern Valley receivers.
Hansen had the two catches, while Ryan Walker had five receptions for 61 yards. Anthony Barton hauled in two catches for 20 yards, while Jacob Lightner and Kieran McCarthy each caught one pass that went for five yards. Malikye Moore had the final reception that went for one yard.
Lightner was the leading ball carrier for Kern Valley as he rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries. Lee picked up 24 yards with four runs, and Vincent Pearman carried once for four yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncs were led by Brett Grimsby and Pearman with six tackles apiece. JJ Forbes, Damon Sage, and Lucas Harris each had four tackles, while Barton, Jeffrey Cawein, Tanner Tito, Kenny Porter, Noah Alexander, and David Gonzalez collected three tackles apiece. Joe Miller and Lightner each had a pair of tackles, while Hansen and Adam Virto each had one tackle.
Head coach Ben Goffinet said, “We learned lessons about effort and mental preparation this game. We played a tough opponent that came right at us and hit us unlike we had been hit up to this point. I was very proud of how the team responded in the second half, and I thought that we are showing signs of resiliency. We’ll keep getting better as we gain more game experience. Once again, I think the team will show marked signs of improvement Friday.”
Kern Valley (1-2) will be at home on Friday as the McFarland Cougars will come to town. In last season’s match up the Cougars took care of business as they beat Kern Valley 34-12.
McFarland (3-0) is coming off a win 20-0 over Coalinga.