Quincy football team blanks Wahluke
The Quincy Jacks football team closed their 2018 on a high note, riding a sturdy defense to a 28-0 shutout win on the road against the Wahluke Warriors in Mattawa.
The win is the second consecutive victory for the Jacks, who also defeated the Wapato Wolves last week on Senior Night.
“It was a really good defensive game for us,” said head coach Wade Petersen. “Wahluke had a really solid offense, that was our biggest worry, that they would put up a lot of points against us.”
Instead, the defense stepped up, intercepting the Warriors’ quarterback five times, with Isaiah Ayala picking him off four times and Roberto Corona intercepting him once for a pick-six.
The 49-yard interception return were the first points of the night for the Jacks.
With players like lineman Hunter Harrington playing linebacker and Kenzie Realme playing defensive end, the changes helped the Quincy Jacks, giving the team a better pass rush.
In addition, the offense overcame an inconsistent start to take a 21-0 lead at halftime.
Ruben Vargas had the second TD of the night on a 5-yard run in the first quarter. Nate Ortiz scored for the Jacks, on a 15-yard touchdown catch near the end of the second quarter.
Connor Donovan caught a six-yard pass from Israel Cavazos in the second half for the half’s lone score, giving the Jacks a 27-0 lead at that point.
Petersen praised the Jacks for playing with a high level of energy, not just against the Warriors but against the Wolves.
Kind of remarkable for a team out of the playoff hunt by the time these two games came along.
“It’s like we were playing at a playoff game, the kids were so into it,” Petersen said of the atmosphere on his sideline at Mattawa. “After somebody made a good play, everybody was pumped up and high-fiving, with a lot of energy.”
Petersen added, “It probably freaked out some of the Wahluke guys, like, ‘Why are you guys so excited about this one? It was pretty cool to see our kids getting so into it at the end, which is hard to do when you’re not really playing for anything as far as postseason (goes).”
Against the Warriors, Pablo Mariscal led the team in rushing with 14 attempts for 111 yards, followed by Vargas with seven attempts for 45 yards.
Israel Cavazos had 10 completions in 21 attempts, for 82 passing yards. Ayala had one attempt and one completion for 32 yards.
Ortiz led the team in receiving with five catches for 48 yards and a TD. Felipe Zepeda had one catch for 32 yards, Mariscal had one catch for 17, Ayala had two catches for 11 and Donovan had one catch for six and a TD.
Harrington had two sacks, Realme had two sacks, aAlex Bonilla, Jose Avila and Mike Vega had one sack each. Mariscal and Avila led the team with eight total tackles each.
In addition, the team received some more good news, with the Central Washington Athletic Conference awarding the Jacks the league’s Sportsmanship award for the season. In addition, a handful of players earned all-league’s recognition.
On offense, Ayala earned first-team All-CWAC honors at wide receiver and Harrington earned second-team All-CWAC honors at tackle.
On defense, Corona was named second-team All-CWAC safety.
Ayala was named second-team All-CWAC cornerback, Mariscal was named second-team All-CWAC linebacker and Avila was named All-CWAC defensive lineman, also second-team.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com