Quincy pummels Wapato Wolves, 43-17
With a steely determination forged in the fire of two consecutive defeats against Grandview and at Othello, the Quincy Jacks football team ran over the Wapato Wolves, 43-17.
“Coming off a hard loss against Othello and losing to Grandview after being ahead, we really wanted the win,” said the Jacks’ Isaiah Ayala, who had two TDs against the Wolves.
The Jacks, powered by a multifaceted offense and a smart defense, took a 37-0 lead over the Wolves into the fourth quarter. Israel Cavazos, Ayala, Pablo Mariscal, Connor Donovan, and Roberto Corona were among the players who had big plays for the Jacks.
“They all had great energy tonight and they were really hungry,” Quincy head coach Wade Petersen said of his team.
When teams have to focus on a bunch of guys instead of just one, it makes it really hard for a defense to stop a team from scoring, Petersen added.
The Jacks’ defense shone brightest at the end of the first half. Wapato drove to the Quincy 3-yard line, but was hit by an intentional-grounding penalty.
On third-and-13, the Wolves’ QB Michael Martinez completed a pass to Tyron Garcia at the Quincy 1-yard line.
On fourth-and-goal, Martinez’ pass to the end zone fell incomplete with 2.8 seconds left.
“Our kids made some really good plays,” Petersen said of the defensive stop. “You gotta make four good plays in a row and that’s not easy to do.”
After the break, Mariscal got Quincy on the board right away, with a 40-yard run to the end zone with 11:40 left in the third quarter.
After Wapato missed a field goal on their next drive, the Jacks kept pushing.
On first-and-15 from the 40, Ruben Vargas took it to the 22-yard line and two plays later, Cavazos found the end zone after a 19-yard keeper to give the Jacks a 37-point lead with five minutes to go in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Jacks responded to the Wolves first touchdown by scooping a Wapato onside kick and having Corona run the ball 55 yards, leaving the score 43-10 in favor of the home squad with three minutes to go.
A late Wapato TD 90 seconds later closed the book on a game that had been decided much earlier.
Cavazos went 5-of-11 for 136 yards passing, and had two rushes for 32 yards.
Mariscal ran eight times for 93 yards, while Ruben Vargas had four rushes for 63 yards, including one for 18 yards.
Ayala had three catches for 70 yards and Nate Diaz had one reception for 33 yards.
Connor Donovan had one catch for 33 yards and a TD.
Next up is the Jacks’ Homecoming Game against Ephrata, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
Ephrata passes the ball a little bit more than Wapato more. Nevertheless, the boys will have no trouble getting up for the game. It’s not just Ephrata and it’s not just homecoming. It’s also a league game and the Jacks are 0-1 in league. Wapato is in a different division so this win does not count toward the playoff race.
“We gotta get a league win if we want to make it to the postseason,” Petersen said. “You can’t lose those games.”
The top two teams in each division move on to the postseason.
Beating Ephrata is essential for the team’s playoff hopes. The Jacks finished 6-5 but missed the playoffs in 2017.
“No. 1 priority is: Beat Ephrata,” Petersen said, with some players echoing his words.
“We have overcome everything, and we will be ready for next week,” Mariscal said.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com