By ALEX MacLEAN
The Union Democrat
The Calaveras High School varsity football team defeated the Argonaut High School Mustangs 27-7 in a homecoming game Friday night at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas.
Calaveras senior Tanner Joses picked up well over 100 yards rushing, 17 yards receiving and a touchdown to help lead his team to its first victory in the Mother Lode League following a narrow loss to three-time defending MLL champions Sonora High last week.
After the game, Joses gave credit to the offensive line for creating holes throughout the night.
“I knew if they got a good push there would be great holes to run through and they did a good job,” Joses said. “I give them all the credit in the world.”
Calaveras forced the Mustangs to punt on the first drive and got the ball with good field position at Argonaut’s 40-yard-line thanks to a big return by Logan Arledge.
Tanner Joses ran for 13 yards and a first down on Calaveras’ first offensive play of the game, followed immediately by another handoff to Joses for 20 yards.
Logan Weatherby ran for a 5-yard touchdown two plays later and gave Calaveras the 6-0 lead with 6:26 left in the first quarter.
Argonaut senior Adison Cramer returned the kickoff to the Calaveras 25-yard-line and gave the Mustangs good field position to start their second drive.
Following an incomplete pass on first down, Calaveras forced Argonaut quarterback Wyatt Elsmore and tackled hm for a 12-yard loss.
A 7-yard carry and 17-yard pass from Elsmore to Cramer would give the Mustangs a new set of downs and they capitalized with a touchdown three plays later.
The Mustangs took a 7-6 lead over Calaveras with 3:14 left in the first quarter, but the touchdown would be Argonaut’s last of the game.
Calaveras put together an 80-yard scoring drive boosted by 43-yard run by Joses and a pass from Calaveras quarterback Kyle Byrd to Joses that gained 17 yards.
A touchdown on a three-yard run by Calaveras senior Cesar Vazquez and point after by kicker Kyle Alfred gave Calaveras the 13-7 lead with 19 seconds left in the first quarter.
Argonaut fumbled the ball twice in the second quarter on back-to-back drives, with the first recovered by Calaveras senior Chance Norton and second recovered by Calaveras senior Andrew Davis.
Calaveras scored its third touchdown off a 1-yard at the Argonaut goal line following the second Mustangs turnover, giving the home team a 13-point lead with 3:52 left in the first half.
The final touchdown of the game came less than 3 minutes into the third quarter when Joses broke free on a sweep play to the left sideline and ran 21 yards into the endzone.
“We ran a sweep and he hit it so much faster than I’ve seem him before,” Calaveras head coach Jason Weatherby said of Joses. “He is fast, I know that, but it just seemed like he had some extra strength.”
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