For the second straight season, but this year at a different venue, the Wakefield Warriors opened their high-school football campaign with a victory over the Washington-Lee Generals.
Wakefield won the 2018 opener for both Arlington squads, 33-22, on Aug. 30 on the Warriors’ home field.
The Warriors were led by 319 yards passing on 14 completions and two touchdowns from quarterback Cason Poythress. Two of those TD throws went to Anton Wallace, for 21 yards, then to Lincoln Calfee, for 34, both in the first half.
The 34-yarder came late in the half following an interception by Khyree Johnson, who stepped out of bounds to give Wakefield time to set up the score. The touchdown helped give Wakefield a 21-12 halftime lead, which the Warriors never relinquished.
In the second half, Wakefield running back Rodney Lee scored touchdowns on runs of 13 and one yards. He also had a first-half scoring run of five yards and rushed for 64 yards in the game.
Poythress passed 87 yards to Lukai Hatcher to set up Lee’s final touchdown. Hatcher had four catches for 98 yards. Isaiah Mefford caught four for 90 and Calfee caught two for 98. Lee and Johnson each had two catches. Poythress ran for 14 yards.
Wakefield had 409 total yards and 13 first downs, and survived 14 penalties for 98 yards.
On defense for Wakefield, Jaleel Prather had an interception and on special teams, Ethan O’Mara blocked a punt and extra point.
Washington-Lee had 257 total yards and was led by quarterback Ryan Dodds. He passed for 132 yards, including a 31-yard scoring pass to Davion Owens. Dodds had 28 yards rushing.
Minh Giang ran for 41 yards, Daquoi Moore for 30 and Will Murphy for 14. Will Montgomery caught two passes for 34 yards and Anzell Files one for 55. Elivs Granados had scoring runs of six and three yards and ran for a two-point conversion.
On defense, Robert Sovula had an interception for the Generals to set up their final touchdown.
Wakefield plays on the road against the Yorktown Patriots at 7 p.m. in its next game on Friday, Sept. 7 in a second all-Arlington clash.
Washington-Lee hosts West Springfield on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
Wakefield defeated Washington-Lee, 37-27 last fall and has downed the Generals in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2000 and 2001.
Turnovers Stymie Momentum in Opener for Yorktown
Their opening game began well for the Yorktown Patriots. The high-school football team scored on its first possession, led 7-0 at halftime and might have had a bigger lead if not for losing two fumbles deep in Wilson Tigers territory.
Things changed in the second half. Visiting Wilson (2-0) rallied to win, 37-29, Aug. 30 thanks to running back the opening kickoff of the third period 84 yards for a touchdown and scoring the first 22 points of the second half.
Yorktown (0-1) struggled to stop a Wilson running game that amassed 288 yards, and the Patriots were hurt by five turnovers. The Tigers ended up with 428 total yards in the non-district clash.
“The kickoff changed the momentum right away in the third quarter, then we didn’t answer back and move the ball like we needed,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. “We couldn’t stop their running game. They were better up front on the lines than we thought, and we couldn’t run the ball like we wanted.”
Yorktown had 392 total yards, of which 342 was passing, shared by quarterbacks Will Porter and Grant Wilson, who each threw two touchdown passes.
Porter was 10 of 14 for 202 yards and Wilson 11 of 14 for 140 yards. Ten different players caught passes, led by Jake Reilly’s four catches for 60 yards, Nick Warnement’s three for 85, Jake McCool’s three for 52, Ta’jaun Perry-Elem’s two for 45 and two receptions each from Brendan Rindfusz, Zach McCoskrie and Evan Rotker.
Grant Wilson caught a seven-yard scoring pass from Porter for Yorktown’s final TD, coming with 4 minutes left in the game.
The Tigers then gained possession on the kickoff and ran out the clock by running the ball.
“We moved the ball in the air, but the turnovers killed us, especially those two fumbles in the first half,” Hanson said.
Yorktown’s other touchdown passes were of 14 yards from Wilson to Reilly in the first quarter, Wilson to Reilly for 29 yards in the third and Porter to Warnement in the fourth for 65 yards.
Jonah Garufi kicked an extra point for Yorktown, Rotker caught a two-point conversion pass and Jakore Harmon ran for two points.
Yorktown’s leading rusher was Reilly with 13 yards. Seven different running backs carried the ball for Yorktown.
“We have a lot of guys who can run the ball, but we just need to find the one or two who can be the most productive,” Hanson said.
On defense for Yorktown, Henry Sergent was in on three sacks and McCool, Rindfusz and Sawyer Monticello were in one each. Reilly, Sergent, McCool and Amiri Brown had tackles for losses. Max Patterson and John Pius broke up passes and Aidan Burnside and Will Hurst recovered fumbles.
Yorktown hosts the Wakefield Warriors (1-0) in its next game, Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in an all-Arlington showdown.
Wakefield defeated Washington-Lee, 30-22, Aug. 30 in the opening game for both Arlington teams. Check later for a story and information on that game.