The home field advantage worked for two of Arlington’s three public high school varsity football teams the night of Sept. 15 as the Yorktown Patriots and Wakefield Warriors were victorious.
Yorktown (3-0) defeated the W.T. Woodson Cavaliers, 32-27, in a seesaw contest, and Wakefield (2-1) downed Eastern of Washington, D.C., 26-12.
The Washington-Lee Generals (0-3) also played a home game and lost to the undefeated Mount Vernon Majors, 79-27, after taking a 7-0 lead.
For Yorktown in its win, the Patriots gained 368 total yards, of which 233 were passing.
The winning touchdown came in the third quarter when Will Porter (9 of 14 passing for 168 yards and three touchdown passes) threw 31 yards to Tanner Wall to give the Patriots a 32-27 lead. Wall caught nine passes for 103 yards, including a 25-yard scoring strike from Grant Wilson (6 of 15 for 65 yards) in the first half. Wall rushed for 32 yards.
Davis Patterson (four catches for 75 yards) caught touchdown passes of 30 and 21 yards from Porter.
Adam Luncher had 119 yards rushing for Yorktown and a touchdown, he caught a pass for 25 yards and kicked two extra points.
Yorktown survived four interceptions. On defense, Yorktown's Wes Saulnier recovered a fumble.
"It was an exciting game and we had our passing game working," Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. "It was back and forth, and a good win."
The 3-0 start is Yorktown’s best since 2012.
With the win, Hanson now has 247 career victories.
Wakefield led 6-0 at halftime as the Warriors played without injured starting quarterback Colton Poythress, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Rodney Lee played most of the game at quarterback in his place.
Lee ran for 163 yards on 38 carries and was 2 of 3 passing for 39 yards. He had touchdown runs of eight and two yards. James Clark and Lamont McDowell each had one catch.
On special teams for Wakefield, Isaiah Mefford blocked a punt in the first quarter for a touchdown. On defense, Lamont McDowell ended the scoring with seconds to play on a 54-yard fumble return for a Wakefield TD.
Wakefield's Alex Postma had a fumble recovery on defense.
In Washington-Lee’s loss, Larry Carpenter caught two touchdown passes and Liam McBride another for 54 yards. Braden Shackelford threw those scoring strikes and he ran for a touchdown.
Mount Vernon (4-0) led 24-21 at the end of the first quarter and 52-27 at halftime.