By Sophia Shiffman
A flat second half, missed opportunities and a defensive collapse led to a WHS varsity football loss against Union, 25-14 last Saturday.
Said Head Coach Jim DeSarno: “We just didn’t finish…. We played two good quarters and two bad quarters.”
The game started off with an explosive run up the middle by senior running back Eugene Rawles, getting the first down. However, the drive was stalled when a fumble by senior quarterback Chris Hogge was recovered by Union at its 30 yard line. With a strong defensive effort by both sides, the quarter ended 0-0.
With six minutes remaining in the second quarter, Hogge rocketed a pass to senior wide receiver Dylan Elliott for a first down. After a near deflection, Hogge threw a touchdown pass on a slant to Elliott.
WHS got another break when Rawles powered through the defensive line with a 47-yard run with 3:51 left in the quarter. He finished the drive with an eight-yard trot into the endzone for the touchdown.
But Union pushed harder in the second half and gained 29 yards on 4 straight plays, scoring a touchdown to cap off the drive. The WHS defense could not keep out the Union offense, leading to another touchdown for the Farmers with 6:35 left in the third quarter.
Hogge said, “The defense played great in the first half and gave the offense a boost when we were struggling, and in the second half, when the defense was struggling, the offense wasn’t able to pick them up and help them out.”
On a third down in the fourth quarter, WHS attempted to stretch the field when Hogge looked deep to Elliott, but the strong press coverage by Union forced a punt. WHS was unable to push back against Union, allowing another touchdown before time ran out.
Said senior Quad-Captain David Kane: “We need to win our final three games to make the playoffs. It’s a lot of pressure on everyone, but this is something I know we can do.”