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Posted on Oct 6, 2018

Ephrata Tigers take Battle of the Basin, 37-3

The Ephrata Tigers rode a strong third quarter effort en route to a resounding 37-3 victory over the Quincy Jacks in the 2018 Battle of the Basin, Oct. 5 at Jaycee Stadium, on Quincy’s Homecoming game.

In a rare autumn rainstorm in the Quincy Valley, the Jacks fought hard until the very end but could never find their footing on the slippery sod of their home field.  Ephrata had three turnovers in the first half and the Jacks could not cash in. The Tigers scored on their first drive of the second half and then recovered the ball off a Quincy fumble on the kickoff return. Less than two minutes later, the Tigers had their second TD of the third quarter and their fourth of the night.

The scoring began halfway through the first quarter, on a six-yard TD run by Ephrata’s Tony Oneel. Running back Mac Laird scored the next two touchdowns. 

Mental and physical mistakes doomed the Jacks, head coach Wade Petersen said. 

“When you have so many penalties and  turnovers, you’re not going to win many games,” he said. One silver lining was the play of the defense near the end of the game. Composed mostly of JV players by that time, the defense held off one last charge by the Tigers, stopping the visitors’ offense at 4-and-1 on the Quincy 1-yard line.

The loss dropped the Jacks to 0-2 in the CWAC’s North Division, and 2-3 overall. Next week, the team travels south to face East Valley-Yakima Oct. 12. The Red Devils are also winless in the division, with a 2-4 record overall. The week after that, the Jacks host division leaders Ellensburg, with both games starting at 7 p.m. 

(This article was posted on game night. Read the full game report that was in the newspaper by clicking here.)