Mammoth Youth Football (ages 6-8) won its season opener on Aug. 25 by beating Trona 31-13.
Assistant Coach Jon Johnston said Trona is historically a very good team that has beaten Mammoth many years in a row, so the win was very satisfying.
Ryder Radcliffe and Ricky Johnson each scored twice for Mammoth. Danny Longo had the other touchdown.
Along the line, Johnston singled out the fine play of Alex Villalobos, Obed Cervantes and Jesse Dessert, son of Head Coach Curt Dessert.
Last year, said Johnston, Mammoth was the last team into the playoffs. This year? “We’re a championship contender.”
The team will test Johnston’s faith on Sept. 15 when it travels to face Big Bear, last year’s league champion.