'Cats now 3-0 in SSL
The JV football team is now 3-0 in league play after defeating the McFarland Cougars Friday night by the score of 47-0. The team was dialed in on offense and defense.
Taft kicked off to the Cougars to start the game. McFarland's kick returner was leveled as he brought the ball out. Taft made it known early that they were ready to play some football. The defense was all over the place during the opening set of plays, not allowing any positive yardage.
Bryce Veach got in behind the defense and sacked the Cougar quarterback to bring up 3rd and 16. The Cougars decide to try and go for it on fourth down and were denied. The Wildcats took over on McFarland's 29 yard line.
Taft gained 4 yards on the first play, then Jackson Berry got the ball and danced his way 25 yards into the end zone to put Taft on the scoreboard first.
The Wildcats were already playing on another level and the touchdown got them even more worked up. On the kickoff, the ball returner was taken down at the 13 yard line. The defense got back on the field and once again did not allow the Cougars to gain any positive yardage and forced them to punt the ball away.
On the punt, Chad Berry caught the ball on the 45 yard line and ran it all the way back for a touchdown, but there was a flag on the play for a block in the back, so the touchdown did not count. The ball went back to almost midfield, but that didn't matter for long. Jackson Berry got the ball and ran for 22 yards to get the Wildcats a first down. A penalty by the Cougars moved the ball 15 yards to the 5 yard line. From there, Bryce Veach easily cruised into the end zone to add some more points to Taft's lead.
On the kickoff, the ball looked as if it was going to roll out of bounds. The McFarland players just stood there and watched it roll rather than jumping on it, and the Wildcats hustled down and recovered the ball first on the Cougars’ 18 yard line.
Chad Berry ran the ball down to the 11 yard line, then his brother Jackson ran it into the end zone from there. Taft was in full control of the game at that point, forcing the Cougars into another 3 and out after the kickoff. Chad Berry got the ball and made it look easy as he ran for 31 yards for a touchdown to make the score 27-0 in the first quarter.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Cougars changed up their tactics a little bit and started to throw the ball. This seemed to work as they found some success and were able to move the ball downfield a bit.
The defense made a few changes to slow down the Cougars progress and finally forced a turnover on downs. There were some penalty flags thrown against McFarland, including a pass interference call which moved the ball to the Cougar's 15 yard line. Devan Matila appeared to score a touchdown, but there was a flag on the play for holding and it was brought back. Caleb Guzman got to get in on the scoring action when he was called on for the field goal attempt.
After another Wildcat kickoff, the defense again forced a punt and Taft moved the ball quickly down the field as the first half was coming to a close. Walker Maino was able to get into the end zone to extend the Wildcat's lead even further. After the PAT, the score is 37-0.
Just before halftime, Zander Pulido put an exclamation point on how the first half went when he sacked the McFarland quarterback as time ran out in the first half of play.
Taft got the ball to start off the second half. Kristofer Downey fielded the kickoff and got some good blocking from his team mates and ran the ball all the way back for a Wildcat touchdown.
The defense went back to work and it was more of the same. They were not allowing the Cougars to get many yards. Corbin Yaws got a sack to force a turnover on downs.
To start the fourth quarter, the Wildcats scored again, but this one was called back for holding. Walker Maino got a big run and got the ball down to the 10 yard line of McFarland. The Wildcats had to settle for another field goal from Caleb Guzman to make the score 47-0.