Wildcats fall prey to Ro-Hawks
By Roger Cowan
The first home game of the season did not go as the Wildcats had hoped. After narrowly beating Randolph in a close 23-22 game last year, everyone knew this would be a tough matchup. Then the nature of the game reared its ugly head against them.
Injuries plagued the Wildcats heavily in Friday’s 19-6 home loss to the Randolph Ro-Hawks. Randolph was first to find the endzone, with 8:22 left in the first quarter. With tough defensive play from both teams, the score would remain there through halftime.
While both teams took a moment to rest and figure out their second half strategy, the bands took the field to display excellent musicianship and marching. Yorktown also introduced the young ladies who had taken part in their mini cheer camp.
In the third quarter, starting quarterback for the Wildcats, Jayden Webb was sidelined, spending the time icing an injury on the bench. Webb had thusfar contributed one completion for four yards, and rushed nine times, the longest being a thirteen yard gain. At that point, in came backup quarterback, Josh Garcia. Through the third quarter, the Ro-Hawks once again were the only team able to reach the endzone. A failed point after left the score at 13-0 going into the fourth.
With 10:29 left in the game, the Ro-Hawks found the endzone for their final time. With the score at 19-0, the Wildcats tookover and prepared for another drive. That’s when the most frightening injury of the night occured. Backup QB Josh Garcia ran the ball around the left. When tackled, his leg was severely injuried, requiring an immediate trip to the hospital. The Yorktow sideline gathered for a moment of prayer as the trainers of both teams and the Yorktown EMS crew worked to stabilize the leg and get Garcia to the ambulance.
With Garcia on his way to the hospital and Webb under an ice pack on the bench, the Wildcats turned to Dylan Sinast, a junior, to take them through the fourth. With 6:48 left in regulation, he was able to hit Ethan Queen for Yorktown’s only score of the night. Sinast finished the night with three completions in eight attempts for a total of seventeen yards and a touchdown. Bringing the score to 19-6, the Wildcats followed up with the successful recovery of an onsides kick. Thought they couldn’t make it across the goalline again, they made a valiant attempt at evening the game up with what time they had available. Yorktown finished the game with a total of 88 yards of total offense, bringing the season total to 209 yards.
Both teams gathered midfield at the conclusion for a moment of prayer for Wildcat Josh Garcia. We at the Yorktown News-View wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return. The team will travel this week to Bruni, it’s farthest away game of the season.