ROSAMOND – The California City and Rosamond football teams played for nothing but pride in the regular season finale.
Rosamond took the lead with a fourth-quarter drive and let its defense hold Cal City in the Roadrunners’ 14-13 victory Friday night at Rosamond High School.
Rosamond finishes the season 2-8 overall and 1-3 in the High Desert League, while Cal City finishes 1-8 and 0-4.
“We all came together,” Rosamond senior Tristen Boughner said. “I think it’s been a problem all year. We just couldn’t get together. We had so much drama with the coaches. We’re filling positions where we should have more experienced players, but we came together and that’s all that matters.”
The Ravens led 6-0 at halftime on field goals of 37 and 19 yards by senior Christian Rodriguez, who also missed a 30-yard attempt in the second quarter.
Rosamond had four turnovers in the first half, including two interceptions by Cal City senior Austin Toomer in the second quarter.
The Roadrunners were able to turn the momentum on the first play of their second possession of the second half.
Rosamond junior Lance Ambriz caught a 20-yard pass from freshman quarterback Cameron Gomez.
Ambriz caught a pass in double coverage and ran it 64 yards for a touchdown to give the Roadrunners a 7-6 lead midway through the third quarter.
“I let the seniors guide me. The two boys, Tristen and Jordyn, just leaned on them,” Rosamond coach Kenny Price said. “I had my first quarterback and this is his first varsity game today. It was the first-year quarterback in the first half. Those guys are seniors, so I rode them. But the freshman will be good.
“Those seniors, those two guys carried us all year. They carried us tonight.”
California City was able to respond immediately.
Cal City junior Marley Carter scored on an 8-yard run on the Ravens’ ensuing possession, capping a 5-play, 50-yard drive to give the Ravens a 13-7 lead late in the third quarter.
Cal City sophomore running back Josh Moore fueled a scoring drive with four carries for 42 yards, finishing with 50 yards on nine carries to lead the Ravens.
“Overall we played very… Football is four quarters, right? We went three quarters and just couldn’t get it done,” California City coach Jermaine Guinyard said. “We’re a very young team. I can’t wait for next summer, man. That’s all I can say.
“They beat us. They beat us fair and square. We didn’t lose that. They came out and beat us. The boys played hard. I give credit to the four, five seniors we had tonight. I can’t wait for next year.”
Rosamond answered right back with a 10-play, 66-yard drive, with Tristen Boughner scoring on a 20-yard run.
“We just talked a little bit in the second half,” said Boughner, who would have been a four-year varsity player if not for COVID. “We had a little prayer in the dressing room and got together. At the end of the day, it’s about being a family, so we’re good.”
The touchdown gave Rosamond a 14-13 lead with nine minutes, 18 seconds remaining.
California City got the ball three more times but struggled to move the ball.
Rosamond’s defense held Cal City to 76 total yards of offense.
Cal City sophomore quarterback Blake Moore completed 5 of 17 passes for 34 yards.
Cal City had 42 total yards rushing on 20 carries.
Rosamond junior Jarryd Burton had two sacks in the second quarter and recovered a fumble in the first quarter.
“You can already look forward to next year,” Price said.
The Rosamond offense finished with 227 total yards.
Gomez completed 3 of 9 passes for 111 yards with two interceptions.
Rosamond senior Jordyn Bowers completed 2 of 6 passes for 22 yards and rushed for 16 yards on 18 carries.
Ambriz caught two passes for 95 yards.
Tristen Boughner rushed for 77 yards on 14 carries, while the Roadrunners had 94 yards rushing on a combined 37 carries.
“We treated it almost like bowling,” Guinyard said. “It was competitive and it showed as it was. It was a good, intense game. I think it will be a rivalry for years to come. While I’m here, we’ll start something.”
Cal City won a 20-13 non-league game between the two teams on September 23rd at Cal City High School.
Rosamond won a league game last season, defeating Cal City 55-14.
Cal City won the 2019 game, 24-0.
took over the program on Sept. 5 after an 0-3 start from the Roadrunners.
Price coached at Rosamond in 2001 and at Desert for six years beginning in 2006.