Jacks push 2nd ranked team
The Jackrabbits used some trickery and straight up running against the second-ranked Bulldogs last Thursday in Ellensburg.
It was enough for a halftime score of 14-14, but not enough against the Central Washington Athletic Conference’s top team. Ellensburg (10-0) pulled away in the second half for a 31-14 win.
Quincy (4-6) had some top-notch performances from seniors Ulysses Ramirez, Johan Farias and Alberto Tafoya. and juniors Rey Rubio and Travis Harris. Ramirez had 23 carries for 121 yards, Farias had two catches for 57 yards and a touchdown and Tafoya had solo tackles and another 10 assisted tackles for a total of 17. Harris scored a touchdown and ran for 51 yards, while nose tackle Rubio picked up 10 tackles.
Quincy was the first to score on a trick play. They picked up a first down after Diego Hernandez had an 8-yard run off the left side of the line. This helped set up the trick play by senior wide receiver Johan Farias. He lined up as a guard along the line, which allowed him to slip past the defense and get wide open for a pass from junior Kaeden Murphy (6-for-11, 117 yards, one TD and two int).
They connected for a 49-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Ellensburg responded with a 1-yard run by quarterback Donny Ellersick (8-13-0-161-TD; 8-61, TD). The kick gave the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead.
After a turnover on downs by the Jacks on the Bulldogs 3-yard line, Ellensburg extended their lead to 14-6. Ellersick threw pass to a wide open Bryce Helgesson, who went for 97 yards.
The Jacks bounced back with a heavy dose of Ramirez (23-121), who picked up 61 of his yards on the drive. Harris capped the five and a half minute drive with a 14-yard run and Ramirez converted the 2-point conversion for a 14-14 tie.
The defense forced a punt on the Bulldog’s next possession and the teams went into the half knotted at 14-all.
Ellensburg came out of the break and scored on an 11-yard run by Corbin Coates in the third quarter and added a fourth touchdown off a 16-yard run by Luke Rinehart. Theirfinal points came off a 28-yard field goal by Elliott Houdardy.
— By Kurtis J. Wood, email@example.com