Yuma High played its first close football game in several weeks Friday night at Youngker, but the Criminals were unable to finish in a 30-16 loss to the Roughriders.

The Criminals (1-6 overall, 0-3 region) led 16-15 midway through the third quarter, but Youngker (2-5, 1-1) retook the lead on a pick-six and never gave it back.

“We battled hard,” coach Curt Weber said.

Weber said it was probably the Criminals’ “best overall offensive game all year,” noting that the team threw for 176 yards and ran for 166.

Jaynoah Medel went 11-for-21 for 176 yards, while Alex Mosqueda had eight receptions for 145 yards. Isaac Torres and Serafin Cortez did most of the damage on the ground.

After a scoreless first quarter, Youngker took an 8-0 lead in the second quarter before Torres scored on a 3-yard run and the Criminals converted the two-point try to pull even.

With the score 8-8 coming out of halftime, the Roughriders returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown, but Yuma High responded with a Medel 6-yard touchdown run followed by a successful two-point conversion to go up 16-15 about five minutes into the second half.

After a Yuma High defensive stop, Youngker picked off Medel and returned it 73 yards the other way for a touchdown to go up 23-16. The Roughriders later tacked on a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Yuma High next plays Friday at home against Estrella Foothills.

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