By: Ray Conner
Kern Valley’s varsity football team made it three straight as they ended the regular season.
Rosamond came to town on Friday as the Broncs were celebrating Senior Night. The hometown crowd was treated to a 55-0 blowout victory as the Kern Valley team dominated from start to finish.
The Roadrunners did not put up much of a fight as they were limited to just 81 total yards in the game. The Broncs totaled 269 yards with 64 passing and 205 on the ground.
The Broncs got the score rolling as they forced Rosamond to punt. The Roadrunners were backed up on their own nine-yard line. They went into punt formation only to see the ball travel three yards giving Kern Valley the ball on the 12-yard line. It took all of three plays for them to find the end zone and the rout was on.
Vincent Pearman rumbled in from four yards to begin the scoring. Brett Grimsby added the PAT and it was an early 7-0 lead that increased as the game continued.
The Broncs would score their next touchdown on a 31-yard run from Kaden Preston. This time the extra-point was missed, but the lead grew to 13-0.
It was in the second quarter that the Broncs put the game away. They scored four touchdowns and a safety to add 28 points to their total. Preston was directly involved in the next four scoring plays for Kern Valley. He rushed for three and hooked up with Ryan Walker on a 23-yard scoring toss. His three rushing touchdowns came from two yards, four yards, and 26 yards, respectively. The Broncs were recorded a safety near the end of the first half as Rosamond was penalized for holding in the end zone. The play resulted in the Broncs being awarded a safety and the scoreboard rang up to 41-0.
In the second half the teams went to a running clock as to not further embarrass the Rosamond players. The Broncs did score twice more as Pearman rushed for his second touchdown from 13 yards away. The final score came when Grimsby picked off a Rosamond pass and returned it for a pick six.
The Broncs defense caused fits for the Roadrunners as they intercepted them twice and pounced on two balls that were placed on the ground. They also blocked a punt as they controlled their opponents the whole way.
Leading the way for the Broncs on offense was Pearman with 10 carries for 98 yards. Preston rushed 11 times for 83 yards, while Arian Navin had four carries that went for 14 yards. Nick Timms picked up 10 yards with five rushes, while Josh Papp had one carry that went for zero yards.
Preston was four-of-eight passing for 64 yards and one interception. Papp attempted one pass that fell incomplete. Walker hauled in two passes for 34 yards and the one touchdown, while Pearman had one catch for 34 yards. Davin Lee had one reception that went for a minus four yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncs were led by Shelton Alley who collected five tackles, including a sack. Lucas Harris recorded four tackles and picked off a Rosamond pass, while Noah Alexander had three tackles. Blake Troller had two tackles and a fumble recovery, while Tristen Kuiper, Jeffrey Cawein, and Timms each had a pair of tackles. Grimsby had one tackle and the pick-six, while Walker, Kieran McCarthy, Malakai Seidel, Navin, James Davis, Kenny Porter, Kenny King, Pardae Tuttle, and Ernesto Topete were credited with one tackle apiece. Justin Potts recorded a sack, while John Weghorst recovered a Roadrunners fumble.
The Broncs would finish the season at 4-6 overall and 3-2 in the High Desert League which was good enough for third.
Head coach Ben Goffinet said, “I’m really proud of how the team finished the regular season. They really rose above some mediocre efforts to play team ball. I’m hoping it continues through the playoffs and we surprise someone.”
They will probably be afforded an at-large CIF playoff bid.
The Broncs indeed received a CIF playoff berth and will be on the road to Sierra Pacific on Friday night.