Orosi drops Cardinals 41-6 in 2nd ESL loss

By Andrea Camarena

After a celebratory 48-28 victory over the Corcoran Panthers two weeks ago, the Cardinals traveled to Orosi to face another loss. The Cardinals seemed defenseless by the close of the 41-6 blowout.

On Friday, Oct. 15, the 4-2 Orosi Cardinals upped their league record to 3-0 when they bowled over Lindsay's tired team.

Orosi opened the game with a touchdown at 4:26 in the half. Lindsay managed to block the kick but Orosi established the early lead.

Lindsay looked like it might come back offensively as Jorge Silva returned the kick weaving through Orosi's players to land on Lindsay's 46 yard line. But the Cardinals gave up the ball to Orosi on a fumble. Orosi carried the ball back to the Lindsay six to set up the offense for a second touchdown. With 1:15 left in the quarter, Orosi bumped their lead up to 13-0.

Orosi owned the second quarter, putting away three more touchdowns to bring the game to 34-0.

The Cardinals looked like they might mount an attempt at a comeback when they held off the Orosi offense in the third quarter.

But Lindsay stayed scoreless in the quarter as well. Moving into the final quarter, the entire Lindsay team seemed to die out as the Orosi offense exploded in the third quarter while their defense took advantage of a tiring Lindsay offensive line sacking Gamboa several plays in a row.

The Cardinals finally got one into Orosi's endzone in the third quarter. But the effort was too late as Orosi put one more in the endzone to end the game at 41-6.

The JV Cardinals saw a closer match-up as Lindsay took the game 6-0.

Season Review

The Cardinals have hit the midpoint of their league play and have yet to see action against Woodlake, Exeter, Dinuba and Immanuel. The Cardinals' season has thus far been a bumpy one and they have seen both improvement and disappointment in their last six games.


The Cardinal's suffered their first loss of the season in their opening rivalry Cow Bell game in Strathmore. The Cardinal's turned the bell over to the Spartans (currently 4-2) after a heartbreaking 13-18 loss. Tailback Anthony Gonzalez led the team's offense in their first showing with 76 yards rushing on 13 carries.

He also moved the Cardinals passing game, receiving 88 yards on nine receptions from quarterback Abel Gamboa. Gamboa passed for 203 yards total against the Spartans and throwing the Cardinals only two touchdowns for the night.


Making the long trek out to Parlier, the Cardinals continued their losing streak on the road when Parlier (currently 4-2) dominated the game coming out with a 25-6 victory.

A. Gonzalez with 14 receptions for 109 yards made the lone touchdown for the Cardinals.

Gonzalez also led in rushing with 60 yards on seven carries. Gamboa followed in rushing with 37 yards.


The Cardinals saw their first victory when they hosted their first game of the season against. McFarland (currently 3-3) traveled to Lindsay to face a crowd-driven, offensive explosion from the Cardinals.

The Cougars fought Lindsay but the Cardinals proudly took the 36-22 win by the end of the night.

Receiver Johnny Gonzalez had a stand-out performance making three of the Cardinals five touchdowns.

A. Gonzalez also ran another one in to keep him scoring in every game. Alex Macias sealed the win with the fifth touchdown for the Cardinals.

Gamboa ended the night throwing the ball 295 yards total for four touchdowns.


In a homecoming disaster, the Cardinals hosted Coalinga in a 13-49 loss for Lindsay.

The two Cardinal TD's came from Silva and J. Gonzalez. They weren't enough to keep up with the Horned Toads offense who found their way into the endzone seven times on 405 yards rushing. The Cardinals handed the ball over to Coalinga on three fumbles. The Horned Toads record currently stands at 5-1 and 2-1 for league.


The Cardinals returned home to Frank Skaddan stadium to host the Panthers for a 48-28 win.

A. Gonzalez shined in the game running for three touchdowns. J. Gonzalez put two more TD's on the board for the Cardinals while Silva and Macias each entered the endzone once for the second Cardinal victory.

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