Golden Valley scores all 14 of the points

It was supposed to be an afternoon of celebrating the start of a new season. Instead, the Taft junior varsity football wanted to hit the reset button Friday evening after Golden Valley shut out the Wildcats 14-0.

After Golden Valley’s drive stalled to start the game, Taft had a chance to get on the scoreboard first when they started their drive at the Golden Valley 33-yard line. Thanks to a pair of runs from Nick Vargas along with Jackson Sorensen’s run and another short run, the Wildcats got down to the Golden Valley 22-yard line.

That was as close as the Wildcats got with Taft eventually having to turn the ball over on downs. Taft nearly had another chance to get the ball back when David Daniels almost intercepted a pass. Eddie Sim Ril took over from there with a series of runs to get to the Taft eight yard line.

Golden Valley would come away empty handed after a field goal with 50 seconds left in the quarter was no good.

The scoreless tie didn’t last long into the second quarter. After taking over possession 59 seconds into the quarter, Golden Valley took three plays capped by Ronnie Sim Ril’s breakthrough for a 26-yard touchdown run.

Golden Valley threatened to double their lead by driving to the Taft 4-yard line on their next possession. One of the highlights in the drive was a 25-yard pass to a wide open Daniel Maldonado.

The Bulldogs would get into the endzone but the score did not count after Golden Valley was called for a penalty.

Golden Valley got a break on their next scoring drive when Taft’s punt was blocked on the third play of the fourth quarter with the Bulldogs getting the ball at the Taft 14-yard line. One play later, Golden Valley ran for a touchdown with 8:40 to go.

The Bulldogs nearly added to their lead when Ril intercepted a pass on the Wildcats first play of the drive and returned it for a touchdown. However, Golden Valley was called for two personal fouls and an ejection and the scored did not score.

Taft returns to action Friday when they travel up to Monache. The game begins at 5 p.m.