The Jackson High School Tigers did a fair job of defending the Amador High School Thundering Herd, but could not keep their offense from giving the Herd easy scores and fell to the Herd 20-0 in the 1972 version of the “Big Game” last week in Sutter Creek.
Amador scored first when the snap from center was bobbled on a Jackson punt and Amador took over on the Jackson 8-yard line. Doyle Pease bolted in from 4 yards out and then converted on a 3-yard run to give the Herd an early 8-0 bulge.
Jackson tried to come back, but an errant pass was picked off by Chris Dahl and returned 38 yards to the Jackson 13, where on the first play of the second quarter, Pease again pounded the line and scored for the Buffs. This time the conversion attempt was not good.
Amador scored their final touchdown on a broken play as Chris Dahl went back to pass and found all his receivers covered on a third down play and instead ran 31 yards for the final tally. Again the conversion failed.
Jackson held the Buffs in check the second half, but the damage was already done as the rough Amador defense held Jackson back all evening. Neither team was all that potent on offense as Amador posted a total offense of 105 yards, while Jackson was held to 37 yards.
In their preliminary game, the little Buffs exploded for their biggest night of the year winning 34-8. Bobby Garcia took a Frank Busi pass in for the only Jackson score.
Amador finished the campaign with a fine 7-2 record, losing only the opener to Gustine and one league contest to Calaveras 20-0. The Little Herd had the same league mark as their older brothers as they were 4-1 in league, 4-5 overall.
Jackson finished up 3-6 for the year, while the Ti-babes were 0-8-1.
Steve Smith was picked as “Bad Cat” for his defense work in the season finale.