Yorktown football huddle

Yorktown High School head coach Bruce Hanson gives directions to his players during a timeout against Langley. (Photo by Dave Facinoli)

With an important homecoming victory over the visiting Langley Saxons in Oct. 12 football action, the Yorktown Patriots (4-3, 2-0) upped their winning streak to three to remain tied for first place in the Liberty District.

The Patriots led from start to finish in their 35-3 win, highlighted by a strong bend-but-don’t-break defensive effort that contained Langley’s potent and physical running game. The defense held Langley’s standout Tre Vasiliadis to 142 yards rushing but did not score a touchdown.

“That was really a good win for us,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. “They run the ball well, but we didn’t let them get going and control the game on the ground like they can and we played physical on defense.”

Hanson credited defensive coordinator Alec Hicks with devising a good game plan against the run. “We watched a lot of tape and Alec did a good job getting them ready,” Hanson said.

Yorktown took advantage of two first-half turnovers to lead 14-3 at halftime. The first was a fumble recovery by John Pius at the Langley 30-yard line. Three plays later, Jakore Harmon (52 yards rushing) scored on a 21-yard run, Jonah Garufi converted his first of five extra points and Yorktown was ahead for good at 7-0. Will Cantwell added an interception late in the half.

The Patriots’ other first-half TD was a two-yard Jake Reilly run that capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive. On defense in the first half, Yorktown held Langley to a field goal on its 17-play drive that penetrated as deep as the Patriots’ 3-yard line.

“That was a big stop there, holding them to three,” Hanson said.

Pius, Reilly, Cantwell, Jack McCool, Amiri Brown, Sawyer Monticello, Christian Mulumba and Matthew Herriein were among the leading tacklers on defense for Yorktown.

In the second half, Yorktown quarterback Grant Wilson passed 71 yards to Max Patterson for a score and 11 yards to McCool for another. Reilly had a 68-yard scoring run and had 71 yards rushing in the game.

Wilson was 15 of 20 passing for 211 yards. Patterson had four catches for 98 yards, Will Porter four for 29 and Evan Rotker, Cantwell and McCool had two catches each.

• In another Oct. 12 Liberty District game, the Washington-Lee Generals (0-7, 0-2) lost to the first-place and host South Lakes Seahawks (5-2, 2-0), 39-0. The Generals trailed 3-0 after the first quarter, then 25-0 at halftime.

• The Wakefield Warriors (2-5, 0-2) also were defeated on the road, 35-19, by the Lee Lancers in National District play.

Wakefield led 7-0 on a 67-yard scoring run by Jaleel Prather (176 yards rushing), then fell behind 14-7, then 21-13 at halftime. Two defensive stands stopped Lee on fourth-and-goal situations in the first half to keep the Warriors close.

Camryn Johnson had a four-yard scoring run for Wakefield, and Prather later added a six-yard scoring run.

Cason Poythress was 12 of 17 passing for Wakefield for 158 yards. Lincoln Calfee had six catches for 91 yards, and Lukai Hatcher, Kelly Gaffney and Izaiah Lang all had two catches.

Wakefield outgained Lee in total yards, 368-274.

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