By: Ray Conner
Three Kern Valley Broncs youth football teams played on Saturday in hopes of reaching the Super Bowl.
They would be on the road to take on their semifinal opponents.
Only one Kern Valley team would come out a winner and punched their ticket to the Super Bowl next week.
The varsity Broncs took control after falling behind to grab the 37-14 victory.
Kern Valley was playing Arvin who put them in a quick hole. They took the opening kickoff and returned it for a touch-down. The one-point PAT was successful and the Broncs were down 7-0.
It would stay that way the rest of the first quarter. The Broncs would take control in the second. They put up 19 points to take the lead and push them closer to the win. The halftime score was 19-7.
Coming out of the break, Kern Valley increased their margin with a pair of touchdowns. With the score at 31-7 the teams headed to the final quarter.
Each team was able to score a touchdown, but with the huge lead the Broncs built up they would have a chance to bring home a Super Bowl.
Kern Valley’s offense totaled 238 yards. They would throw for 130 and run the ball for 108 yards.
Kaegan McCarthy found three different receivers as he completed six-of-11 passes. He had four scoring tosses and threw one interception.
Hunter Watts grabbed four passes for 104 yards and scored three touchdowns. He scored from eight, 18, and 43 yards respectively. Seth Stockwell had one catch for 23 yards, while Luke Brown caught one touchdown pass for three yards.
In the ground game, Brown was the leading ball carrier for the Broncs. He had 12 carries for 47 yards and one touchdown run of two yards. Ryan Prince rushed 10 times for 27 yards, while Watts had five touches for 19 yards. McCarthy had three carries for 15 yards to wrap up the ground game.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncs were led by Prince with 12 tackles, including recording one and half sacks. Carson Strange had nine tackles, while Stockwell had eight, including half a sack. Watts was credited with eight tackles, while Christopher Lopez had seven and recovered an Arvin fumble. Brown had seven tackles, while Tyler Dourlain had five. Colton Carver collected three tackles, while Jake Hurley, Jonah Wenzel, Dustin Clark, and Cameron Thomas each had two tackles. Having one tackle in the game for Kern Valley were Adrian Ramos and Jesse Wagner.
• Junior Varsity Broncs
The junior varsity Broncs battled, but could not get past Arvin.
Arvin would take the game 21-14 and end the Broncs season.
Kern Valley as an offense managed just 139 yards. The ground game picked up 70 yards, while the passing game contributed 69 yards.
Bryce Smoot and Andrew Barton scored the touchdowns for Kern Valley. Smoot scooted across the goal line on a run, while Barton hauled in a pass and took it into the end zone.
Smoot was the leading rusher with 61 yards with 12 carries. Carson Parks had 14 yards with seven touches, while Zane Carver was credited with one yard on four rushes. Ethan Stockwell had one carry for a minus six yards.
Carver completed the five passes for the 69 yards and the one TD. Barton led the team in receptions with two that went for 33 yards. Deegan Lee grabbed two passes for 20 yards, while Smoot had one catch for 16 yards.
Defensively, Kern Valley was led by Mason Forichette with 20 tackles. Tavin Watts with 16 tackles, while Carver had 11 tackles. Dalton Windham had nine tackles, while Stockwell recorded eight. Tye Humphers had seven, while Smoot collected five and picked off an Arvin pass. Lee and Nicholas Bangert each had five tackles, while Maverick Mack and Pearman each had four. Pearman recovered an Arvin fumble. Daniel Hinkey had three, while Barton and Jeffrey Clark each had a pair of tackles. Finishing with one tackle apiece were Parks, Kodey Parker, and Jacob Redenius.
• Freshmen Broncs
The freshmen Broncs also had their chance to advance to the Super Bowl.
They went up against a powerful Bakersfield Braves team and came home with a 35-0 loss.
Kern Valley struggled offensively against the Braves defense. They were limited to just 55 yards of total offense. They completed one pass for seven yards and rushed for 48.
Kayden Brown picked up 37 yards to lead the Broncs squad. Jackson Phillips was credited with five yards, while Jonathan Phillips had four yards. Talon Montes finished with two yards rushing.
Montes threw the seven yard completion to Jacob Arellanes to close out the offense for the Broncs.
Brown led the team in tackles with five. Luke Carver had three tackles and a fumble recovery, while Arellanes also had three tackles. Montes had a pair of tackles and a fumble recovery, while Jackson Phillips collected two tackles. Jaxsin Martinez had one tackle for the Kern Valley team.