Badgers lose to Greyhounds

Isaiah Rodriguez runs down field on his 73-yard touchdown in the Badgers 41-40 loss to the Taft Greyhounds on Saturday Night.

With under two minutes left in the fourth quarter of play, the Taft Greyhounds (1-2) scored on a 39-yard touchdown run to secure a victory over the Bishop Badgers (0-3) in a one-point game, 41-40.

On the first drive of the game, the Greyhounds received a punt from the Badgers, but were unable to hold on to the football, giving Bishop a fresh set of downs on a fumble recovery.

The Badgers capitalized on the turnover and scored their first touchdown of the season off a five-yard rushing touchdown by Niko Garcia to go up 0-7.

The Greyhounds answered on the next drive, scoring on a big 40-yard run, but the Badgers blocked the PAT to remain in the lead, 6-7.

On the ensuing kickoff, A.J. Garza had a nearly 70-yard kick-return before losing the football around the 10-yard line.

The Badgers were able to recover the football inside the five-yard line, and again capitalized on the short field position to score on a run by Isaiah Rodriguez.

The Greyhounds once again answered with a 24-yard run for a TD, and converted on a 2-point attempt to go up by one, 14-13.

A few plays later, Garcia threw an interception, but the Badgers forced a Greyhound turnover on a fumble which was recovered by George Garza.

Rodriguez split the Greyhound defense and scored on a 73-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers the lead, 14-20.

In the middle of the second quarter, the Greyhounds regained the lead after punching it in from six-yards out, and converted another 2-point attempt to go ahead, 20-22.

Two drives later, the Greyhounds scored on a 48-yard passing touchdown to go up eight.

Near the conclusion of the half, A.J. Garza punched in another rushing touchdown and also snagged an interception.

The Badgers trailed heading into the half, 28-27.

The third quarter was a stalemate up until the 1:20 mark, when Garcia connected with Noe Pena for 39-yards to set up a one-yard score by Zeke Guerrero.

Mid-way through the fourth, the Greyhounds were able to score another touchdown rushing to go up over the Badgers, 35-34.

Rodriguez had another touchdown rushing from 76-yards out to give the Badgers a lead, but they were unable to convert on the 2-point attempt.

Greyhounds' quarterback Oscar Ozuna, with a few seconds remaining in the contest, scored on a 39-yard run to seal the game, 41-40.

The Badgers look to recover and regroup with a bye week next week.

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