The ‘W' comes home in Lindsay

By Andrea Camarena

Sun-Gazette

The Cardinals returned to Frank Skadan Stadium on Saturday to earn their first win since Sept. 23.

The 30-14 victory ended a two-game losing streak for Lindsay and furthered Orosi's depressing season-long streak of six losses. The Lindsay Cardinals evened their overall record and bumped up their league standing for a 1-2 East Sequoia League record.

All the stats pointed to a Lindsay win heading into Friday Night's game and the game made sense as Lindsay took an early 13-0 first quarter lead.

But Orosi came back to make Lindsay's homecoming crowd nervous when they ran in a touchdown in the second quarter and did it again in the third to bring close the lead to 23-14 as the game headed into the fourth quarter and Orosi took steps to break down Lindsay as offensive staples Anthony Gonzalez struggled through an injury early in the game and Eric Lott left the game on an unsportsmanlike conduct ejection.

But the Cardinals picked up the slack and Abel Gamboa totaled 179 passing yards completing 9 of 16 attempts.

Lindsay started the scoring off when Gamboa scrambled on the 26-yard line and crossed the field to connect with Alex Macias on a touchdown pass early in the first quarter renewing confidence in the struggling Cardinal offense.

Gamboa kept the crowd on their feet when he found Gonzalez on a 38 yard screen pass minutes later for another touchdown and a 13-0 lead.

But Lindsay began to lose its footing as Orosi started the second quarter with a 12-yard touchdown run from Chris Aguila.

Gamboa sent the ball between the posts to break up Orosi's offensive attempts and kick the Lindsay lead up to 19-7.

Orosi answered with a 45-yard touchdown pass that began to shake Lindsay's confidence.

But Lindsay would find their way into the endzone before the end of the quarter. Gamboa stepped in on a one yard run to regain composure with a 26-14 score. In the fourth quarter, Lindsay managed a final touchdown as they held off Orosi's offense.

Gamboa and Macias found the right combination again, finishing the game the way they started it. Macias scored the final touchdown receiving a 26-yard pass from Gamboa and giving the Cardinal fans the Homecoming victory they came to see.

Immanuel 23, Exeter 19

Clinging to a 17-16 lead with 9:23 left in the fourth quarter the Exeter Monarchs had Immanuel pinned at their own 14 yard line in a crucial game on Oct. 14. On fourth and 14, the Eagles miffed the punt and the Monarchs were able to get a safety for a 19-16 lead.

Exeter had the momentum and the lead. Unfortunately, time was on Immanuel's side as the Eagles mounted a game winning drive that ended on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 3:35 left. The 23-19 lead meant Exeter needed more than field goal, but the team was unable to find the end zone and suffered their second straight East Sequoia League loss of the season.

Both teams started the game off slowly as offenses sputtered for most of the first quarter. But the Eagles came to life when running back Tim Cowdrey ripped off an 81-yard run to match the number on the back of his jersey and give Immanuel a 6-0 lead. Immanuel added to their lead early in the second quarter when quarterback Bobby Hines connected with Darren Zulim on a 51-yard touchdown pass with 11:51 remaining.

Exeter finally answered with 3:48 to go in the half when Aaron Gress ran 10-yards for a touchdown bringing Exeter within a touchdown at 13-7. Gress, who split carries with Denno Daly and Josh Edmonds, had 31 yards on seven carries. Daly led the team with 108 yards on 13 carries.

Immanuel managed to drive into field goal range to score as Cowdrey kicked a 20-yarder with 35 seconds remaining in the half. Exeter's Chris Mayabb out dueled the kicker with a 30-yard field goal with time running out, again pulling the Monarchs within a touchdown at the half, 16-10.

Exeter got things going late in the third when Mayabb threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Eric Capello with 2:13 left in the quarter. Mayabb completed six of 15 passes for 106 yards in the game. The catch was Capello's only catch of the game. He led all Monarch receivers with 49 yards. The score gave Exeter its first lead of the game, 19-16. The Monarchs defense played well in the game denying two fourth down attempts and only allowing the Eagles to convert less than half of their third downs. The Monarchs also forced three fumbles and recovered two of them. Daly led the defense with 10.5 tackles and five assists from his linebacker position.

In the fourth quarter, Exeter managed a safety on a miffed punt by the Eagles to extend their lead, but Immanuel would score a late touchdown to put the game away for good.

The Monarchs (4-2, 0-2) will try for their first league win when they face the Coalinga Horned Toads (5-0, 2-0) at home this Friday.

Woodlake 6, Coalinga 26

It was another sad day for the Tigers as they dropped their record to 1-5 in a sinking 26-6 loss to Coalinga. The loss is their third league defeat in a row and the Toads remain tied for first in league with a perfect season record, 6-0.

Woodlake earned their first and only touchdown when Daniel Tiller made a one yard run for the touchdown early in the game. And the game looked like it could be the biggest upset in the league when the Tigers held the Horned Toads scoreless into halftime with 6-0 lead heading into the third quarter.

But Coalinga jumped onto the board on a Kellen Earls seven-yard pass to Chino Bautista for a touchdown and a one-point lead.

The Toads' offense moved on to erupt in the fourth quarter. Earls and Bautista got things started when they again teamed up for a 7-yard touchdown pass and followed it up with a 31 yard pass/run to bring the score up to 6-20.

Coalinga topped it off and sealed the win at the end of the game with a 69-yard touchdown run from the Horned Toads' Dominic Miller to bring the final score to 26-6.

In their rushing game, Woodlake's Tiller totaled 69 yards on 18 carries. Souk Stevens rushed for 14 yards on four attempts.

It didn't compare to Coalinga's Calvin Cole who totaled 197 yards on 19 carries and Dominic Millers 119 yards on 18 carries.

On the passing side of the game, Woodlake quarterback Gomez-Catero completed only seven passes for 20 yards and threw one interception.

This week, the Tigers will host the Lindsay Cardinals in a homecoming match up that could go either way with the Tigers at 0-3 in league and Lindsay 1-2.

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