The Shockers on the offense against Oroville. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)
WATERVILLE — The Waterville/Mansfield Shockers concluded their football season Oct. 27 with a 20-53 loss to Oroville.
Coming into the game, the Hornets had four wins and four losses. The Shockers had one win and six losses.
Waterville/Mansfield started off with the ball and had two false start penalties before a pair of 4-yard runs and an incomplete pass. The Shockers then punted. They stopped the Hornets on their first drive with a three and out.
The Shockers then got down to Oroville’s 11-yard line and fumbled. The Hornets took over and a few plays later from the Shocker 38-yard line, Oroville’s Seth Miller ran 62 yards for a touchdown. The point after was good.
Early in the second quarter, the Hornets got another touchdown and a 2-point conversion. The Shockers came back with a pass and then several runs by Thomas Moser, who took the ball over the goal line. With a completed pass to Johnny Mullen, the 2-point conversion was good.
Oroville scored again before halftime.
Three minutes into the second half, the Hornets scored again as did the Shockers. The Shockers, however, were not able to convert the 2-point play following their touchdown. Waterville/Mansfield scored one more time but the Hornets also scored again to take the win.
In spite of the loss, Shocker spirit was high.
A week earlier, Waterville/ Mansfield assistant coach Tayn Kendrick said he would judge their last game on limiting mental mistakes and competing until the final whistle.
“I think the kids that we had out there, they played hard,” Kendrick said. “It was never a question of effort. We came out, competed hard. We had stretches where we played really good. Johnny Mullen, Jacob Stibal, and Alex Capi, they played their hearts out, they played the whole game, it was fun to watch. All the seniors will be missed off this team. They showed the younger kids tonight the right way to play.”
Prior to the game, a tailgate party was held with games and food.
Special recognition was given to the senior players and cheerleaders before the kickoff. Those honored along with family members were Dallas Lowman, Jacob Stibal, Miles Mittelstaedt, Devyn Klinginsmith, Ben Covarrubias, Alex Capi, Johnny Mullen, Alyssa Hansen, Haley Henson and Laura Castillo.
Other sources contributed to this story.