Last year Bret Harte defeated Linden 48-28 at Linden to spoil Linden’s homecoming, and Friday night Linden returned the favor, beating up on the Bullfrogs, 43-27, to ruin Bret Harte’s homecoming festivities in Angels Camp.

The Bullfrogs had positive moments in both halves, with a halfback toss good from Tyler Cabral, number 21, to Teyler Pullin, number 2, for Bret Harte’s first touchdown, and they trailed 22-15 at halftime. Cabral also scored on a fumble return covering more than 50 yards forced by Bullfrogs defender Adam Ange, number 14.

That made it Linden 29 Bret Harte 21 on a failed 2-point-after attempt with 10:47 left in the fourth quarter. That’s as close as the Bullfrogs got late in the game.

But the Linden Lions had backfield speed and agility at quarterback that proved too much for Bret Harte. Cruz Herrera, number 10, the Linden quarterback, was quick on his feet and an accurate thrower. Herrera had help from several backs and receivers, including number 8, James Sherman Jr., who scored multiple touchdowns Friday night at Dorroh Field.

The Bullfrogs scored the last touchdown of the night on a sneak by quarterback Kenny Scott with 1:21 left in the fourth quarter. A 2-point conversion attempt failed on a procedure penalty.

At one point in the fourth quarter, Linden had a pick-six interception return from one end zone to the other, covering the entire length of Dorroh Field, but it was called back for an illegal block after the interception. Liden retained the ball and took over on their own 10-yard line.

“We worked really hard tonight, we came ready to play,” Cabral said after the game, wiping eye black from his sweat-covered face at the end. “We came out physical and we made some mistakes. We corrected some of those mistakes and we played our hardest. It just wasn’t enough this time.”

Bullfrogs defensive coordinator Craig Cook said Bret Harte is still trying to improve.

The varsity team suited up 18 players Friday night. Cook didn’t complain, but he pointed out, “We’re still playing ironman football, going both ways, and we’re picking up some injuries.”

Ange said after the game he and his teammates played their best, and it sucked to see the effort wasted without a win, but he and the rest of the Bullfrogs are varsity are still stoked for the start of Mother Lode League play next week.

Bret Harte senior Kinlye Apley was crowned Homecoming Queen before the varsity football game.

Bret Harte’s next game is 7 p.m. Oct. 4 when they open Mother Lode League play against the Amador Thundering Herd in Angels Camp.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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