Quincy football team thumps Wapato in Jaycee finale
It was a game worthy of a sendoff, both for the Quincy football team seniors on their Senior Night and for the stadium on its last-ever game.
The Quincy Jacks football team throttled the Wapato Wolves 47-7 on the Jacks’ senior night and on the final game of the final season of Quincy Football with Jaycee Stadium as its home field.
“It was a great finale for our field to go out,” head coach Wade Petersen said.
Next season, the team will play on a brand-new artificial turf field, to go with the brand-new high school rising on the north end of town.
Until then, the Jacks will have the memories of turning off the lights of the old park as winners, with seven different players scoring touchdowns, including four seniors.
“Pretty solid game all around,” Petersen said. “Lots of really good plays on both sides of the ball.”
The scoring started early with 7:28 minutes left in the first quarter, with Felipe Zepeda catching a six-yard TD pass from signal-caller Israel Cavazos.
Almost exactly two minutes later, the Jacks hit paydirt again, with Cavazos connecting with Nate Ortiz on a 26-yard TD pass.
The Wolves’ offense could not get anything going early on, and the Jacks could have added on another touchdown, but the Wolves’ defense stopped Juan Bravo on the Wapato 2-yard-line on fourth-and-goal.
In the second quarter, the teams traded punts until five minutes remained. A circus catch by Zepeda at the Wapato 5-yard line set up Cavazos’ third TD pass of the night, this time to Trevor Moloso. Zepeda caught a pass on the two-point conversion left matters 20-0 in favor of the Jacks.
Quincy’s defense got into the act with 2:27 left in the first half. Wapato’s Michael Martinez caught the ball near midfield and dropped it after he got tackled. The Jacks recovered the ball at the Wapato 49, and Cavazos unloaded a first-down bomb to the Wapato 5. On third-and-goal from the Wapato 3, Pablo Mariscal carried the ball into the end zone with 8.4 seconds to go.
After the break, Kenzie Realme returned the Wapato kickoff to the Wolves’ 15. The Jacks scored on the next play, but the TD got called back and the ball got placed at the Wapato 20. Salvador Chavarin carried the ball three times until reaching the end zone on second-and-3 with 10:31 left in the third quarter.
Wapato got their lone points of the game on a two-yard TD by Jesse Frank with 6:52 minutes left in the third. The Wolves recovered a subsequent onside kick but penalties and a quarterback sack conspired to keep Wapato at bay.
On the next Wolf drive, the Wapato quarterback fumbled the ball and senior Mario Valencia recovered the ball for the Jacks in the end zone, giving Quincy a 40-7 lead with 2:41 left in the third quarter.
The Jacks’ Roberto Corona picked off the Wolves’ QB on their next drive, and took it 20 yards for the last TD of the night, with 84 seconds left in the third quarter.
Cavazos went 17-of-28 passing for 218 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Alex Aguila went 1-of-1 for one yard.
Mariscal rushed three times for 46 yards. Chavarin rushed three times for 22, and Realme rushed five times for 21. Omar Gamboa rushed twice for six yards, Carmelo Martinez rushed twice for eight yards and Nathan Ortiz rushed once for four yards.
Ortiz and Zepeda had six catches each, with Ortiz tallying up 75 yards and a score and Zepeda tallying up 83 and one TD as well. Ayala had four catches for 28 yards, Mariscal had one catch for 21 yards, Moloso had one catch for five yards and a TD. Ayala and Corona had one interception each.
On defense, Hunter Harrington had nine tackles and a quarterback sack. Alex Bonilla had eight tackles, Mariscal had six, Ortiz had five, Corona had three, five players had two and 13 players had one. Rigo Hernandez had a tackle and two sacks. Realme had a tackle and one sack.
Next up for the Jacks (3-5 overall) is their season finale in a nonleague game against Wahluke. The Warriors (4-5) will host the Jacks Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
“It would be really good to finish the year with two good wins,” Petersen said, later adding, “It will be a really good game. They like to throw it around a lot and we like to throw it around a little bit, too.”
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com