Down 19-0 after three tiny minutes of football against their archrival in miserable weather, Quincy Head Coach Greg McMillan gathered his troops during a timeout and laid down the proverbial gauntlet.
“Do you want to take it?” he thundered. “Or do you want to fight?”
To their credit, the Quincy Jacks fought and fought hard, not allowing a single point the rest of the first half. Ephrata still held on to the Battle of the Basin’s bragging rights, taking the game and the trophy by a score of 33-0.
“Our kids have a lot of heart,” McMillan said, noting that the game could not have started in harder fashion for the Jacks, and they continued to try and make something happen..
Early turnovers on which Ephrata capitalized, finding the end zone three times in the first 180 seconds of the game. Down 19-0, Quincy’s quarterback Andrew Townsend found one of his receivers deep in Ephrata territory and suddenly the Jacks were on the board with their first TD of the game. Just as suddenly, though, the yellow flags flew, and the refs nullified a Quincy score for the second time in as many games.
“We get on the board at 19-7 at that point in the game, and who knows what happens next?” McMillan said. The referees tacked on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on top of the first one, after the touchdown was called back and a few members of the Jacks’ contingent expressed their displeasure.
Ephrata’s offense took Quincy deep into their own half of the field a few times, but the Jacks’ defense put on quite a display of grit, managing to contain their hosts them several times. On the other hand, the Quincy offense served a few times as its own worst enemy, falling prey to the slippery ball and killing drives by turning the ball over.
Statistics for the game will be available in the next couple of days, so stay tuned for updates on www.qvpr.com