Football team shows progress in loss to East Valley-Yakima
The Quincy Jacks varsity football team played one of its better games of the season in a 33-30 losas to the East Valley-Yakima Red Devils on Oct. 12.
The loss sentenced the Jacks to the cellar of the CWAC North and eliminated them from playoff contention.
Nevertheless, the Jacks showed some progress from their 34-point loss to Ephrata on Oct. 5.
“Out of the gate, we came out pretty good,” Quincy head coach Wade Petersen said. “We got a couple of stops on defense and we scored first.”
A 40-yard touchdown by Nathan Ortiz gave the Jacks the lead.
The game was affected by some outside factors, like the power outage that stopped action midway through the first quarter. People turned on their cellphones and that added some light, but the field was pitch-black, Petersen said.
The lit cellphones on the stands gave the game an unusual vibe, he added.
“It looked like a rock concert,” he joked.
In addition, a strong windstorm gave a slight advantage to the team playing in the direction of the breeze.
“You could hardly punt it one way, but the other way you could get a really good punt,” Petersen said.
The Red Devils took a one-touchdown lead at the halftime break, Petersen said, “and then they kind of rumbled on us” in the third quarter.
The Jacks built a comeback late in the game thanks to an interception-return TD by Roberto Corona, and an 80-yard TD by Isaiah Ayala.
The onside kick did not work for the Jacks, and then the Red Devils ran out the clock.
Quarterback Israel Cavazos threw for 302 yards on 17-for-25 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Ayala had seven catches for 196 yards and two TDs. Ortiz had four catches for 56 yards, and Pablo Mariscal had one catch for 35.
Connor Donovan had three catches for 10 yards.
Cavazos had five rushes for 33 yards, Mariscal rushed eight times for 20 yards and Ruben Vargas had four rushes for nine yards. Lastly, the Jacks had three two-point conversions.
The team showed a little more depth, which saved the Jacks from putting players on both offense and defense, Petersen said. That allowed the Jacks to have a little more left in the tank near the end than against Ephrata.
The Jacks struggled running the football, but passed for more than 300 yards, which Petersen labeled “fantastic.”
The Jacks now play Ellensburg at home in a rare Thursday night game Oct. 18.
The team was moved from Friday due to a shortage of referees.
“They said we drew the short end of the stick or the short straw,” Petersen said with a laugh.
With the game moved up one day and the JV game moved to Tuesday, the Jacks lost some valuable practice time prior to their matchup against Ellensburg, he added.
The Bulldogs will show up at Jaycee Stadium seeking a win to earn at least a tie for a playoff spot with Othello and perhaps Ephrata.
“We are going to see a full run from Ellensburg,” Petersen said. “They are not going to have any mercy on us. They are going to play as hard as they can.”
After the Ellensburg game, the regular season ends, but the Jacks will play their Senior Night home game against probably the fifth-place team in the CWAC South, and then an away crossover game against a team from the South Central Athletic Conference.
“Hopefully we can go out on top and finish with a couple of wins at the end of the year,” Petersen said.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org