Before the game, the folks at Youngker High School put on quite a show, providing steak dinners, fireworks and even precision skydivers to inaugurate their home football field as the Roughriders hosted the Cortez Colts. Early in the football game, in contrast to the pregame festivities, few fireworks were generated as Cortez and Youngker committed numerous turnovers and penalties in what was a very ugly first half of football.
Most of the early highlights in this game between winless teams were provided by Cortez returner Shon Gouldon. The rangy 6-2 receiver used his sprinter's speed to make the crowd hold its breath each time he returned the ball. Multiple times in the first half Gouldon came close to taking one to the house. In the second quarter, Cortez got on the scoreboard first as Gouldon made a short touchdown grab that was set up by a roughing the passer penalty on Youngker, as well as a nice run by Jacob Cook. The score was the only of the first half allowing the Colts to go in at the intermission up 7-0.
The home standing Roughriders pumped by the pomp and circumstance that goes along with a first ever home game, came out in the third quarter and began to establish the run game. Running back Johnny Dix, a good looking 6-1 175 pound running back popped, found a seam and took off for a 58 yard touchdown run knotting the game at 7-7 with 8:21 left in the third. Five minutes later, bolstered by their earlier run success, Youngker hit pay dirt again as 6-0 195 pound fullback Edgar Chavez busted up the middle for a score. Chavez would score again on a short dive, upping the lead to 21-7.
The Colts showed fortitude in the fourth staging a drive behind the passing of senior QB Tony O'Hannon. Moving to the Youngker seven yard line, Cortez was again hit by a costly turnover as they fumbled the ball to the Roughriders. Taking advantage of the situation, Youngker again moved the ball down the field, eventually capping the drive on a counter touchdown run by Marquis Levy. The game and big home victory was sealed when defensive back Jose Lopez intercepted a Cortez pass making the final 28-7.
This game was not as pretty as the impressive pregame show, but the home team Roughrider squad was able to get a first varsity win in school history as they opened their home field.
Youngker Head Coach Jason Stuewe has the new program moving in the right direction. With only juniors, many of whom are talented, including; QB Andrew Wilkins as well as Chavez, Dix and Levy, Youngker may be a team to watch in the future.