By: Ray Conner
The Kern Valley youth football teams entered their final regular season game on Saturday.
They were at home against Arvin in hopes of placing themselves in the right position for a playoff run. Three of the four teams were able to collect victories and make plans to advance to the playoffs next week.
The freshmen Broncs dominated their opponent as they took the 30-6 win. The junior varsity squad played a tough game, but came out on top 12-0, while the varsity team controlled Arvin and won 20-6. The only team to come up short were the sophomores. They fell to their opponent 39-19.
In the freshman game, Kern Valley ran wild as they picked up 321 yards on the ground. The Broncs defense dominated allowing Arvin’s lone score with 1:36 in the fourth quarter.
Talon Montes led the charge as he rushed for 253 yards and scored four touchdowns. Kayden Brown picked up 42 yards and scored a TD, while Jacob Arellanes gained 15 yards rushing. Jackson Phillips had six yards on the ground, while Jonathan Phillips recorded five yards of rushing.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kern Valley was led by Jackson Phillips with 11 tackles. Arellanes collected 10 tackles and recovered a fumble. Brown, Jonathan Phillips, and Marco Marquez each had three tackles. Marquez also had a fumble recovery. Luke Carver and Jax Donoho were credited with a pair of tackles each, while Montes and Noah Fitzwater each had one tackle in the game. Montes and David Davidson each recovered a fumble for Kern Valley.
• The junior varsity team was in a battle as they took on Arvin. Kern Valley totaled 135 yards of offense and that was good enough to pick up the victory.
Bryce Smoot led the team as he scored both touchdowns for the Broncs, he carried the ball 11 times and went for 85 yards. Ethan Stockwell picked up 21 yards with a pair of touches, while Carson Parks had 11 yards on four rushes. Zane Carver ran four times for two yards. Carver completed one pass for 16 yards. Smoot hauled in the lone completion.
Defensively, the Broncs were led by Mason Forichette with 19 tackles. Carver collected 11 tackles, while Tavin Watts recorded 10 tackles. Dalton Windham had eight, while Maverick Mack had seven tackles. Daniel Hinkey and Deegan Lee each had six, while Smoot had five. Tye Humphers, Stockwell, and Jeffrey Clark were each credited with four tackles, while Nicholas Bangert had three. Andrew Barton, Kodey Parker, Mickey Pearman, and Jacob Redenius had two tackles apiece. Jackson Weghorst wrapped up the tackles with one.
• The varsity Broncs squad took control in the second half to complete their victory.
They began the scoring in the first quarter. They would boot the extra-point to go up 8-0. It would stay that way until halftime.
Coming out of the break Arvin was able to get on the board, but Kern Valley matched their points in the third. Each team scored a touchdown and failed on the PAT. They headed to the fourth with the Broncs holding a 14-6 cushion.
Kern Valley increased their lead as they once again found the end zone. The extra-point was no good, but the scoreboard read 20-6 for the home team. The game would end that way and Kern Valley knew a return match to start the playoffs would be at hand.
Kaegan McCarthy was 5-of-11 passing for 73 yards and hooked up with his receivers on two scoring tosses.
Carson Strange grabbed a 32 yards pass for the score. It was his lone reception in the game. Hunter Watts had four receptions for 41 yards and an eight-yard touchdown.
On the ground, the Broncs were led by Luke Brown with nine carries for 30 yards. Ryan Prince had five touches for 28 yards, while Watts rushed four times for 22 yards. Jake Hurley took two hand offs and ran for 15 yards, while McCarthy totaled two yards with seven carries. He did cross the goal line once from seven yards away.
The Kern Valley defense was led by Christopher Lopez with 14 tackles. Watts had 10 tackles, including a sack, while Seth Stockwell collected seven tackles. Brown finished with five tackles and a sack, while Cameron Thomas had five tackles. Hurley had three tackles including a fumble recovery, while Prince was credited with three tackles. Jesse Wagner, Strange, and Colton Carver each had a pair of tackles, while Adrian Ramos, Kayd Melendez, Wyatt Stuck, Wyatt Johnstone, Tyler Dourlain, and McCarthy recorded one tackle apiece.
• In the sophomore loss, these highlights were made available:
Eric Sonnier had a 65-yard touchdown run, a 45-yard touchdown run, 30 rushing yards and two tackles. Jackson Price had a 30-yard touchdown run complete, four tackles, 33 rushing yards, a successful two-point conversion, eight-yard pass connecting to Chase Keeney, nine-yard pass connecting to Evan Brooks and a 1- yard pass connecting to Dustin Snowdale. Jaadyn Cleveland, three rushing yards and one tackle.
Keeney six tackles, three carries totaling 13 yards. Evan Brooks with a fumble recovery and one tackle, Ryder Kuiper a fumble recovery, and Jace Rowe four tackles. Madix Richardson three tackles, Qwintin Pariseau three tackles, Jude Donoho two tackles, Carl Calloway two tackles, and Phillip Kraxberger two tackles. Ben Little one tackle and Jakob Lawson one tackle.