The Lindsay Cardinals got their first win of the season last Friday night defeating the McFarland Cougars 33-22 in front of the home crowd at Frank Skadan Stadium.

LHS quarterback Abel Gamboa and receiver Johnny Gonzalez played pitch and catch all night igniting one of the most prolific passing attacks in recent memory. The two connected for three touchdowns. Their first touchdown connection was a 20-yard pass play in the first quarter when Gonzalez jumped over a defender to make the catch in the endzone.

The Cougars countered with a solid drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Jared Garcia. Tailback Osvaldo Avila ran it in for a two-point conversion giving the Cougars an 8-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Gamboa to Gonzalez hit on a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The Cardinals missed the extra point. Johnny's brother, Anthony Gozalez, added a touchdown in the second with a seven-yard run to give Lindsay a 20-8 halftime lead.

McFarland opened the second half with a 51-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Richie Perez to receiver Steven Nored. The Cougars' two-point attempt failed. The Cardinals came back with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Gamboa to Gonzales. Gamboa later found Alex Macias for a 20-yard touchdown pass to end the third quarter with a 33-14 lead.

However, the Cougars battled to the end as Garcia found the endzone on a one-yard run. An Eric Luzano two point conversion was the last score of the fourth quarter.

Gamboa finished the game 16-25 for 301 yards and four touchdowns. Johnny Gonzalez finished with seven catches for 152 yards and three touchdowns. His brother, Anthony, led the Cardinals running attack with 12 carries for 78 yards. As a team, the Cardinals ran for 128 yards and racked up 429 yards of total offense. The Cardinal defense had two sacks and two interceptions.

Despite the loss, McFarland played well on offense with 525 yards of balanced offense. Perez completed 11 passes for 230 yards. The Cougars ran the ball for 295 yards on 41 carries.

The Cardinals open East Sequoia League play at home versus Coalinga at 7:30 p.m. this Friday. The Cardinals will need another explosive outing to stay with undefeated Coalinga which has outscored its opponents 107-6. The Cardinals are 1-2 in non-league play.

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