By Kurt Nicoll
8:05 PM PST, November 16, 2012
FREDERICKSBURG — York head coach Doug Pereira encouraged his players, particularly the Falcon seniors, to keep their heads held high and to shout with pride.
And while the players, coaches and loyal fans may ponder what might have been, there was a sense that the York High football team gave host James Monroe all that it could handle before falling 28-21 in a Region I Division 3 semifinal Friday night at Maury Stadium.
“Everyone played hard tonight. JM played hard; credit them for the victory,” Pereira said. “I can’t be more proud for the effort they gave tonight and this entire season.”
On a fourth-and-goal play from the Yellow Jackets’ 3-yard line, Marcus Wakelyn scored his second touchdown of the evening, tying the game at 21 with 4:28 left in the third quarter.
York was backed up on its 1-yard line on the Falcons’ next possession and, after three plays, was forced to punt, giving JM excellent field possession at the Falcons’ 36. Three plays later, Tony Scott scored the game-winning TD from 3 yards out.
York picked up a couple of first downs on its next possession, but eventually had to punt with 4:57 remaining. The Jackets picked up three first downs, successfully killing all but seven seconds from the scoreboard clock, leaving Falcons quarterback Austin Norman just one desperation pass before game’s end.
The Falcons were trying to avenge a 45-7 defeat last year against JM, which went on to state runner-up honors. This year’s Yellow Jackets will play host to Park View of South Hill in next week’s regional final.
York closed with a 9-3 record.
JAMES MONROE 28, YORK 21
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JM: S. Ellis 10 pass from J. Scroggins (D. Dit kick)
Yo: M. Wakelyn 1 run (H. Strack kick)
JM: J. Bevels 10 pass from J. Scroggins (D. Dit kick)
JM: T. Scott 2 run (D. Dit kick)
Yo: D. Dye 15 pass from A. Norman (H. Strack kick)
Yo: M. Wakelyn 3 run (H. Strack kick)
JM: T. Scott 3 run (D. Dit kick)
TEAM STATS York JM
First downs 13 15
Rushes-yards 39-147 31-187
Passing yards 121 189
Comp-Att-Int 9-11-0 10-14-0
Punts-avg. 4-25.5 4-38.8
Penalties-yards 6-35 8-64
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-0
Rushing: York—JoMari Becnel 19-64; Chris Spruill 1-42; Austin Norman 10-29; Marcus Wakelyn 7-14, 2TD; Tywuan Lewis 1-1; David Hudson 1-(-3).
James Monroe—Adrian Boone 15-77; Jay Scroggins 12-70; Julian Bumbrey 1-22; Darryl Dyson 1-13; Tony Scott 2-5, 2TD.
Passing: York—Austin Norman 9-11-0 121, 1 TD. James Monroe—Jay Scroggins 9-13-0 153, 2TD; She’Mar Ellis 1-1-0 36.
Receiving:York—Devin Campbell 1-40; Tywuan Lewis 4-37; Dalton Dye 3-29, TD; Ben Jagt 1-15. James Monroe—Matt Forjan 11-73; She’Mar Ellis 3-53, TD; Jarmal Bevels 2-39, TD; Darryl Dyson 1-36; Tye Johnson 2-18.
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