Yorktown football offense

The Yorktown offense scored six touchdowns against Wakefield in the team's 48-0 win.

The result was the same this year as in so many past meetings, as the Yorktown Patriots won comfortably again over the visiting Wakefield Warriors in an annual high-school football showdown between Arlington rivals.

Yorktown blanked Wakefield, 48-0, Sept. 8, giving each team a 1-1 record.

The Patriots dominated from the start, leading 21-0 after the first quarter and 35-0 at halftime.

"We really stressed played strong defense this week in practice, and that's what we did tonight in the game," Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. "We were able to take away their flanker screen, which was big for them in their first game. We weren't happy with our defense in our first game."

Wakefield was held to 146 total yards, only five first downs and as many pass completions for 67 yards. 

In contrast, Yorktown amassed 323 total yards, with no turnovers, and was led by quarterback Grant Wilson with 88 yards rushing, including 76 and 4-yard scoring runs. He was 8 of 8 passing for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Yorktown quarterback Will Porter, who alternates with Wilson, was 4 of 7 passing for 41 yards and threw a TD pass.

"We have two quarterbacks who can throw, and we have a lot of weapons with guys who can run and catch the ball," Hanson said. "We don't have that 'one guy' but we have a lot of guys."

Max Patterson caught three passes for 40 yards; Liam Anderson caught three for 43, including a touchdown of 19 yards from Wilson; Jake McCool caught two for 26, including a 14-yarder for a TD from Wilson; Will Cantwell had a 36-yard scoring pass; and Nick Warnement had one for 13 from Wilson. Evan Rotker had two catches.

Other than Wilson, Jakore Harmon was Yorktown's leading rusher with 42 yards. Pous Atubire had 25.

Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and Jonah Garuif booked six extra points.

"We came out strong right away playing with enthusiasm, which I liked," Hanson said.

On defense for Yorktown, John Pius had a couple of tackles for losses and no gains, Sawyer Monticello had a tackle for a loss and Patterson one for no gain.

Rodney Lee was Wakefield's top offensive player with 62 yards rushing. Quarterback Cason Poythress threw for 67 yards and Lukai Hatcher had two catches for 51 yards and Isaiah Mefford two for 10.

Yorktown won despite 105 yards in penalties. Wakefield was flagged for 80.

NOTE: The last year Wakefield defeated Yorktown was in 1995, before players for either team were born.

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