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Bobcats beat Trojans
End to Silver Valley's playoff hopes
YERMO • A rough fourth quarter spelled the Trojans’ fate.
It was a tight game through the first three quarters of football on Friday night, with the Trojans ahead after two of them. In the fourth, however, Boron scored 20 points on the way to a 26-10 Desert Mountain League win at Silver Valley High School.
Trojans head coach John Stewart saw some good things from his team throughout the game, despite the loss. But when the Bobcats began to dictate the pace in the final minutes, they got to the end zone three times.
“Near the end, they got us in hurry-up mode and we couldn’t execute,” said the coach after it was over. “But that was the most physical game we’ve played all year. I’m proud of our guys; I challenged them to play a physical game and they stepped up to the challenge.”
The Trojans held a 10-6 lead at halftime, though it could have been more. There were two plays called back, including an 80-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
“We were called for a block in the back, that really hurt,” said coach Stewart. “We had two big plays called back on penalties. We left three touchdowns on the field in the first half. Without that, it would have been a different story.”
The lone Valley touchdown came in the second quarter. Roman Walton caught a five-yard pass on the edge and made a 15-yard run into the end zone.
The Trojans were still ahead by four going into the fourth. They held the Bobcats scoreless in the third, even though Boron controlled the ball for most of the quarter.
“We played some good defense,” said Stewart. “Johntavious Jones and Jordan Kushany were standouts.”
Boron has some dangerous offensive players, though, and they couldn’t be held for the final 12 minutes. Four minutes into the fourth, a Bobcats touchdown and two-point conversion made it 14-10. Just over a minute later, the Bobcats recovered a fumble and tacked on another eight points. Then with 4:58 left, Boron’s Jadrian Wiser picked off a pass and ran it back uncontested, for the 26-10 final.
“Wiser is one of the best players in the High Desert,” said Stewart. “Between him and (D.J.) Payne, the two of them have scored 50-60 touchdowns over the past two seasons.”
The Bobcats have been putting up some high numbers this year. In their six wins, this was the first time they scored less than 40 points.
“We held them to way below their average, so we did a good job with that,” said Stewart. “We haven’t beaten them in years, but this one was competitive.”
Unfortunately for the Trojans, the loss dashed their chance at the postseason. A win next week would give them records of 6-4, 4-3, not quite enough to qualify. However, that would put them over .500.
“We went 6-4 in ‘08; that was our last winning season,” Stewart said. “So we’re still aiming for a winning season. That’s what we plan to do next week.”
The Trojans finish up with a home game against Mammoth next Friday. It should be a good one, as the Mustangs have identical 5-4, 3-3 records.