By Ray Conner
Instead of Friday Night Lights, it was Thursday Night Lights for the jayvee Broncs football squad.
With Mission Prep coming to town, Kern Valley played on a rare Thursday night instead of the usual Friday night before the varsity.
Being on the stage alone was a rare treat for the Broncs, and they made the most of it. The Royals came in and left after the Kern Valley team delivered a dominate performance on both sides of the ball. They claimed the 27-6 victory to even their record at 1-1. The win started a new streak for the Broncs after losing their season opener to Taft. Before the Taft game Kern Valley was unbeaten in 18 straight games.
The Broncs jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead after the opening quarter. They added another touchdown before the half ended to go into the locker room with a 21-0 cushion.
In the second half the Broncs defense continued to push their opponents around as they were pitching a shutout when the third quarter came to an end. The Kern Valley offense was doing their part as they continued to move the ball and produce points. They increased the margin as they scored another touchdown in the third quarter. After three it was all Broncs as the hometown scoreboard read 27-0.
The Royals finally got on the board in the fourth, as they scored on the final play of the game. It was still a complete victo-ry for the Broncs 27-6.
Kern Valley’s defense allowed their opponents just 130 yards of offense on the night. They managed to rush for 112 yards and threw for 18 yards.
The Broncs on offense did not have to throw a pass on the night. The rushing attack of Kern Valley provided all the offense they would need. The Broncs racked up 291 yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns to make the home crowd leave happy.
The ground game was led by Carlos Martinez, who rushed for a team high 139 yards on 18 carries (7.72 yards per carry.) He crossed the goal line twice to lead the Broncs.
Chris Mendoza carried six times for 63 yards (10.5 ypc) and one score. Finishing the scoring was Tristen Kuiper who rushed for 21 yards on two carries (10.5 ypc) and a touchdown.
Arian Navin toted the ball six times for 37 yards (6.2 ypc), while Matt Carter rushed for 16 yards on six carries (2.7 ypc). Scott Overholt rounded out the rushing attack for the Broncs as he had 15 yards on four touches (3.8 ypc).
Leading the defense for Kern Valley was James Davis and Overholt with six tackles apiece. Davis was credited with a pair of sacks of the Mission Prep quarterback.
Trenton Robinson, Kuiper, and Mykah Johnson each collected five tackles, while Ben Moisan and Johnny Tredrow had four tackles apiece. Martinez finished with three tackles, while Carter, Dean Hinkey, Pardae Tuttle, and Ben Hamilton each had two tackles in the game. The defensive dominance was completed as Navin, Mendoza, Remington Shallock, Austin Salem, and Tyler Strange recorded one tackle each.
Head coach Scott Tedrow said, “The defense dominated the entire game. We held Mission Prep scoreless through almost all of the four quarters, giving up one TD on the last play of the game as time expired.”
The Broncs return to normalcy as they will be back at home come Friday as McFarland comes to town. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m