Tigers win the Battle of the Basin
The Battle of the Basin came down to the wire last Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
Ephrata (2-2) squeaked out the 13-12 win, as neither team found a way to pull away from the other.
There were 14 punts, five turnovers, three turnover on downs, three missed PATs, two missed field goals and one untimely kneel down.
The Jacks (1-3) were opportunistic during the 56th Battle of the Basin. They scored twice on Ephrata miscues and nearly pulled off the win. The first was a scoop and score by defensive back Johan Farias. The Tigers were forced to punt and low snap made the punter try to elude two Quincy defenders. But he was stripped of the ball and Farias ran it back 29 yards for the first score of the game. The point-after-attempt was wide right and Quincy had a 6-0 lead.
“We practice scoop and scores every day as part of our TNT (Tackles-N-Turnovers) session.” said coach Stephen Wallace.
The Tigers scored in the second quarter off a 60-yard touchdown pass from Quint Ostrowski to Tyler Lutz. The PAT was true and Ephrata grabbed a 7-6 lead. The game’s second score came after the two teams combined for eight punts.
The scored remained the same until the fourth quarter, when Ephrata capitalized on a short field. An interception put the Tigers on the Quincy 13-yard line and Lutz scored his second touchdown on a 2-yard run. The PAT was blocked and the Tigers took a 13-6 lead with 5:36 left in the game.
The Jacks’ next possession ended in Murphy’s second interception and it appeared the game was about over. But the Jacks defense held, and Ephrata took an inexplicable knee on fourth down on its own 43-yard line. Quincy took over possession with 2:28 left.
Murphy turned to Travis Harris (7 catches, 90 yards; 3 carries, 27 yards) for a pair of catches and a 5-yard touchdown run. But the second missed PAT left Quincy trailing 13-12 with under two minutes to go in the game.
“We never had a doubt. Our defense had played great all day. After our interception, prior to Ephrata’s turnover (taking a knee on 4th), we talked about the defense giving us one more opportunity and had our no huddle unit ready to go,” said Wallace.
The onside kick was recovered by Ephrata’s Gavin Allen and the Tigers hung on for a 13-12 win.
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