The Yorktown Patriots and Wakefield Warriors took big steps toward winning a Liberty District football championship this fall with road victories the night of Oct. 15.
Yorktown (5-3, 4-0) defeated the Marshall Statesmen, 42-14, and Wakefield (4-3, 3-0) downed the winless Langley Saxons, 24-13, in the high-school games.
Wakefield and Yorktown are tied for first in the win column and play Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. on the Warriors’ home field in a big all-Arlington clash, with the winner moving into first place alone.
In Yorktown’s win over Marshall, the Patriots were productive on the ground, rushing for 262 yards and four touchdowns. Marshall fell to 3-4, 2-1.
“They were missing two key injured players on defense, so we were able to run the ball and they couldn’t stop us,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. “This was a big win. It sets us up to have a chance to win the district, and that’s what we always want.”
Yorktown was ahead 21-14 at halftime, then held Marshall scoreless in the second half.
“They had a 99-yard scoring drive, hit some passes and moved the ball on us some, but we stopped them in the second half,” Hanson said.
Runningback Miles Fang led the Yorktown ground attack with 110 yards rushing on 13 carries, including touchdown runs of four and 13 yards. Xandar Starks had 69 yards rushing and a TD; James Midberry ran for 67, with a long of 53, and Tyler Randles had a four-yard scoring run and 15 yards.
Yorktown quarterback James Yoest was 4 of 7 passing for 87 yards, including scoring passes of 34 yards to John Porter (two catches 54 yards) and 10 to Fang. Mason Cunningham had one catch for 23 yards.
Tomas Edmeades booted six extra points.
Yorktown had no turnovers and few penalties.
“If you look at Marshall’s resume and who they have played, I think this would be our best game and biggest win of the season so far,” Hanson said.
In Wakefield’s win over Langley, quarterback Jack McAvoy and runningback Micahel Guruli led the offense. Guruli rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown and McAvoy was 10 of 13 passing for 118 yards and two touchdown passes of two yards to Caine Poythress and 28 to Alan Peck. Mario Pinedo booted three extra points and a 23-yard field goal.
Guruli’s touchdown run was for 72 yards.
The score was tied at 7 earlier in the second period, then Wakefield scored the next 17 points to take control.
Wakefield gained 305 total yards. Dennis Froyze had 28 rushing and Mario Martinez 16. Peck had three catches for 37 yards, Brandon Cohen three for 28 and Poythress two for 48.
On defense, Rex Pearson had a fumble recovery for Wakefield.