Cortez returns another, but Bobcats rout Huskies

Mammoth High’s Jose Cortez continued his amazing and record-setting kickoff return streak, but it wasn’t nearly enough for the Huskies.

After a couple of impressive victories, the Mammoth High football team found the going much tougher against Boron High as the No. 2-ranked Bobcats steamrollered visiting Mammoth 72-28 in a Desert Mountain League game Friday night.

The Huskies (2-2 in DML, 2-7 overall) had a chance to perhaps earn a share of the league title with a win, but the Bobcats (3-0, 8-1) and their powerful running game led byIsrael Lucas, who rushed for 313 yards, were too much for Mammoth.

The Bobcats racked up 652 yards in rushing, according to Boron statistics on Max preps. That staggering figure ranks eighth all-time since records have been kept,according to records on the CIF-Southern Section website.

That website does not list records for kickoff returns for touchdowns, but Cortez’s name would certainly be at or near the top of that list.

Cortez, a junior, returned a kickoff in the second half against the Bobcats for a touchdown, his sixth kickoff return for a touchdown this season. Unofficial reports have that tying the CIF record and one away from the national mark.

The Bobcats did a lot of kicking off against Mammoth.

Boron led 13-0 after the first quarter, 30-14 at halftime and rolled to the 44-point victory.

Lucas averaged 18.4 yards on his 17 carries for 313 yards and four touchdowns, including a 95-yarder. He was one of three Bobcats with over 100 yards rushing. Leroy Taylor had 143 yards on 10 carries and Deandre Golden had 130 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. Six Bobcats scored TDs in the game.

The Bobcats set up as howdown with Silver Valley for the league title. The Trojans defeated Desert Christian of Lancaster 27-0 Saturday.That Silver Valley victory gives both Boron and SV 3-0DML marks and makes their Nov. 14 game in Yermo for the league title and top two seeds into the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

Mammoth has finished DML play and will wrap up the regular season on the road Friday, Nov. 14 against St. Anthony’s of Long Beach in a non-league contest. The Huskies will be in the Northeast Division playoffs as the No. 3 team from the DML.




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