Jacks roll past Red Devils
After two straight weeks of heartbreaking losses, the Jacks put together a strong fourth quarter and defeated visiting East Valley 20-6.
The past two weeks Quincy has lost to Ephrata and Toppenish by one point. But last Friday night the Jacks defense made the plays they needed and the offense rolled up 318 yards on the ground to control the clock and scoreboard.
The defense bent some, but did not break after giving up a first-quarter touchdown to the Red Devils. (2-3, 2-4).
“That’s the whole mentality,” said linebacker Jorge Ruiz (10 tackles). “We bent too much the past two weeks.
“We just had to come together as a team, especially for us 13 seniors. I have four more games with these seniors.”
The defense gave up an 11-yard passing score from Lucas Juarez to Matthew Estrada in the first quarter. The kick was blocked by junior Travis Harris. But that was all the Red Devils were allowed in the game. Quincy scored the next three touchdowns. The first score came after a 34-yard catch by Tanner Wallace and big run up the middle by Harris (9-130) to the 3-yard line.
Ullyses Ramirez (12-83) punched it in from three yards out and a missed extra point knotted the game at 6-6.
“I love watching my offense,” said Ruiz.
The Jacks did not get on the board until the fourth quarter. After a fake punt by Ruiz was sniffed out, Ramirez scored on another 3-yard run and the kick by Johan Farias gave Quincy a 13-7 lead.
“We finally got it together,” said Ramirez. “We just needed the right personnel.”
He credits Ray Rubio, Diego Hernandez and Alberto Tafoya for opening up the holes on both his touchdowns.
The final score was a 30-yard run by Harris. The extra point by Farias gave the Jacks the 20-6 lead and win.
Highlights: Junior quarterback Kaeden Murphy (1-5-0-35; 9-70); Juan Aguilar (11-29); and Rubio (1-9).
Bonus: Junior lineman “Baby” Rey Rubio had one carry for nine yards.
Bonus two: Harris came around the right side of the East Valley line untouched to block his first extra point of the season.
Bonus three: Early in the third quarter, with East Valley on the Quincy 6-yard line, Ruiz tackled quarterback Lucas Juarez on a fourth down to give Quincy the ball.
The Jacks travel to Grandview (1-4) on Friday. The Greyhounds beat Ephrata two weeks ago with a strong passing game. This past week they lost a shootout to Othello 46-42.
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