California City scores all 18 of the points

While fans at Martin Memorial Stadium were enjoying cooler temperatures than the previous week, the Taft Wildcatters freshmen football team experienced another long hot day after they were shut out 18-0 by the California Raiders Saturday afternoon.

“We’ll learn from today and come back,” said Taft coach Neil White.

With the loss, Taft falls to 2-1 in the Valley Youth Football League.

While Taft had trouble moving the ball on their first series of the game, the Raiders had the opposite when they started at the Taft 43-yard line. California City advanced the ball down to the Taft 29-yard line highlighted by Kojian Malone’s 18-yard run.  Joshua Moore eventually capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown run with 1:33 to go. The extra point run was no good.

California City doubled their lead on the third play of the drive of the second quarter when Malone ran 30-yards for a touchdown with 5:50 to go.

The Raiders threatened to add on to their lead at the start of the third quarter when they drove to the Taft one yard line. However, the Wildcatters took over on downs.

Taft had an opportunity to get on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter after the Wildcatters recovered a fumble at the California City 30-yard line with 5:44 to go.

California City broke through one more time at the 3:09 mark when Siyah Carr dove into the endzone for a touchdown. The extra point run was no good.

Taft had another chance to get on the scoreboard when they got down to the California City 25-yard line on Jayce Moore’s run and a personal foul on the Raiders with 1:22 to go. Taft eventually got down to the California City 13 yard line but time ran out.

Taft has a bye this coming Saturday.