The Calaveras Jr. Reds varsity team’s bid for a second straight championship came to an end with a 36-12 loss to Linden in the opening round of the playoffs Oct. 20 at Ripon High School. It was Linden who Calaveras defeated in 2017 to clinch the Super Bowl.
Calaveras gained 214 total yards of offense, with 129 coming on the ground and 85 through the air. Quarterback Jay Clifton threw for 85 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Cross. Clifton also ran for 12 yards. Braeden Orlandi rushed for 104 yards, 20 of which came on a touchdown run. Patrick Savage led Calaveras with seven tackles. Lucas Healy and Logan Parmeley each had three tackles. Clifton recorded three tackles and one quarterback sack.
The Calaveras Jr. Reds novice team defeated Central Valley 26-0. Christian McWilliams and Colton Ray each recorded two rushing touchdowns. Rylie Shields recovered a fumble while Nathan Kavanaugh, Ray and Corbin Moore all recovered an onside kick. No. 4 Calaveras will play No. 1 Sonora at 2 p.m., on Saturday in Hughson, with the winner playing either No. 2 Amador or No. 3 Tuolumne in the Super Bowl.
Calaveras’ Jr. Novice team won 5-0. No. 1 Calaveras will play No. 5 Amador at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Hughson. The novice and Jr. novice Super Bowl will be played Nov. 4 at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas.