The TVYFL is composed of 19 teams hailing from various portions of the Central Valley all hoping to capture a TVYFL Super Bowl crown at the end of the season. The season consists of 10 games in total with a playoff system following the season to decide the winner of the TVYFL.
The first game of the day was in the junior novice division. In this age group the teams take turns playing offense and defense on only half the field. Each team gets two quarters each to play offense while the other team plays defense. No score is kept in the junior novice games thus there is no official winner or loser. The players use this time as a chance to implement the fundamentals they learn on the field. This gives coaches a chance to acclimate their youngest players into the sport, and teaching them to follow basic instructions from their coaching staff.
The second game of the day was in the novice division. The novice Ravens squad featured a relentless defense that forced several turnovers throughout the game. The novice Reapers put up a tough fight initially, but grew increasingly tired as the game wore on. This was because the Reapers only had 12 boys on their team forcing their limited roster to stay on the field the entire duration of the game. The Reapers showed a ton of heart, but fatigue then led to breakdowns in blocking assignments, and just plain out being too tired to keep up with the pace that the fresher legs of the Ravens were setting. The Ravens kept piling up the touchdowns on the fatigued Reapers squad resulting in a 61-13 final score. A total of eight different players scored touchdowns for the Ravens including Isaiah Patterson, Javier Huizar, Ryder Rosas, Tanner Davies, Armin Perez, Leo Sisneroz, J.J. Lawson and Benny Ramirez. Ravens head coach David Cota was pleased with the results. “Our defense was pretty flawless,” said coach Cota. “We stripped the ball got fumbles and did everything we were supposed to do.” The novice Reapers head coach Antuan Perkins was proud of the effort his players gave him despite the final result. “My team did great seeing we only had 12 kids today,” said coach Perkins.
The junior varsity game was similar to the novice game in that the Reapers were shorthanded compared to the full roster that the Ravens were featuring. The junior varsity Ravens overwhelmed the shorthanded Reapers winning by a margin of 45-7. The Reapers squad who had several players who are new to the sport had trouble keeping up with a more seasoned Ravens squad, but this didn’t deter Reapers head coach Bruce Foumai who was glad to get their first game in and assess his team’s strengths and weaknesses. “It was great to get to see where we stand,” said coach Foumai. “For what they have learned in the short week of time that’s impressive.” On the opposite sideline Ravens head coach Joe Powers was pleased with the complete effort and the winning mentality his squad brought to the game. “We practice to beat whoever we are playing against,” said coach Powers. “Nice to see the kids improve and put forth what we had done on the field.”
The Varsity game was the most competitive game of opening day, but due to an injury delay that required lengthy and serious attention the game was started later than the scheduled time. This coupled with equivocal issues with the scoreboard’s game clock led to the game being drawn out a lot longer than it would have normally run. The dysfunctional clock forced the referees to keep the time on the field, and after halftime the time was no longer posted on the scoreboard. Any parents and supporters that stuck around into the twilight were treated to a hard fought game. Both teams found success using both a finesse and power running game to take the ball down the field, but staunch defense on both sides would lead to offenses getting turned away before scoring. The game became a battle of attrition with neither squad gaining a huge edge over the other. The Reapers led 8-0 at halftime and the score would stay that way until the fourth-quarter when the Reapers were finally able to extend their lead to the final score of 16-0. Reaper head coach Larry Olmos was delighted with the toughness that his team showed in such a close game. “We were down two key players, and they came back and showed resilience,” said coach Olmos. “Nothing but resilience on the field and I love it.” Ravens varsity head coach Adam Garcia was disappointed in the loss, but remained optimistic and about his team going forward. “These kids are great. They kept fighting I am proud of them,” said coach Garcia. “We have some real strong kids on this team. They’re going to rebound and they want to play football.”
Both Patterson squads will get right back into the saddle and prepare for the next week. The Palm City Reapers will be playing versus the Modesto Christian Kingsmen at Patterson Community Stadium on Aug. 23.
The Patterson Ravens will travel to Central Catholic High School for their showdown with the Central Saints on Aug. 23 in week two of the 2014 season.
Any scheduling times or any further information on the league can be found at tvyfl.us.
Contact Erick Torres at 892-6187, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org.