Quincy Jacks lose to Ephrata in Battle of Basin
The Quincy Jacks football team started fast but could not overcome an even faster momentum shift late in the first quarter and trailed Ephrata the rest of the way in the 2017 Battle of the Basin.
The Tigers piled on the points in the first half, and a gutsy second-half rally by the Jacks fell short, resulting in the Quincy team handing back the Battle of the Basin trophy to its neighbor to the east.
Ephrata’s 42-28 win left the Jacks with two losses in two games against CWAC North competition. To qualify for the playoffs, they have to beat East Valley-Yakima and Ellensburg and hope that Ephrata loses one of its games, in order to force a two- or three-way tie.
A win would have placed Quincy in prime position to vie for a playoff spot, and for a short time, it looked as though it might happen Friday night, after Kade Schutzmann connected with Tyson Thornton for a 31-yard TD catch with four minutes to go in the first quarter.
On the next drive, Ephrata tied the game, thanks to a 16-yard TD pass with one minute and 16 seconds to go. Quincy fumbled the kickoff return, and the Tigers found themselves at the Quincy 15-yard line. Two plays later, a full 51 seconds after their first touchdown, Ephrata had a second one, and the lead.
Two more touchdowns in the second quarter, including one with 1.6 seconds to go in the half, gave Ephrata a 29-7 lead.
Quincy rallied in the second half, scoring three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, but Ephrata’s lead proved insurmountable, especially after a late fourth-quarter touchdown put the Tigers ahead 42-21. Quincy’s Carlos Solorio scored one more TD for the Jacks, but by then time was almost out.
Schutzmann went 19-of-31 and four touchdowns.
Quincy coaches, led by head coach Wade Petersen, praised the team for its effort in the second half.
“We told the kids at halftime that we wanted to make sure that no matter what, we don’t quit,” Petersen said. “If you quit, you don’t give yourself any chance to win.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org