Jacks lose season final to No. 2 Ellensburg
The Jacks have been an unpredictable team this season with big wins and head scratching losses, which meant their final game of the season against No. 2 ranked Ellensburg would be interesting to say the least.
Muddy, but spongy grass at Jaycee Stadium made for a fickle field, but Quincy (4-6) opened up their offense a little bit and pushed the Bulldogs (10-0) to the very end. Ellensburg won 28-14 and will enter the post season as a number-one seed.
The Jacks capped their season with 241 yards, with 95 of them through the air. The Bulldogs put up 472 yards, behind record-setting running back Gabe Caskey. The senior ran for 1,823 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, including 156 yards and two touchdowns last Thursday.
Despite facing a potent running attack, the Jacks did not back down from a fight.
It was apparent in their season final. The week before, the Bulldogs (10-0) drubbed Ephrata 56-0, while Quincy lost to Wapato (2-8) 12-7. So this was one of those games where momentum heavily favored the Bulldogs.
That rang true in the first few minutes as the Jacks were forced to punt, leading to Caskey scoring on a three-yard run and then Quincy giving up an interception. The next couple of possessions ended with a turnover on downs and in the second quarter Ellensburg took a 14-0 lead off a 16-yard pass from quarterback Garrett Hull to Donnie Ellersick.
Then Quincy opened up the playbook and a rare completion set up the Jacks inside Ellensburg’s five-yard line. The next play was a two-yard run by senior quarterback John Lindquist to pull Quincy within 14-7.
After trading punts, Ellensburg took a 20-7 lead on a one-play drive, a 72-yard pass from Hull to Bryce Helgeson.
The third quarter was sloppy with a trio of fumbles and after everything settled down Quincy mounted a six-minute drive. They converted a fourth down and eight, completed a 26-yard pass to Pedro Rodriguez and capped the drive with a two-yard run by Steven Gomez. The Jacks pulled within 20-14.
Ellensburg gave the ball to Caskey, who scored on a 33-yard run as Ellensburg jumped out to a 28-14 lead with five minutes left in the game.
Quincy’s final drive stalled out and Ellensburg won 28-14.