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Loss ends Yorktown football team's hopes for a district title

Patriots can still earn a region tournament playoff berth
Hudson Greene threw touchdowns passes for Yorktown in the loss to the Marshall Statesmen.

A 35-33 road loss to the Marshall Statesmen in Oct. 27 football action eliminated the Yorktown Patriots from any chance of winning a Liberty District title this fall and put its region-playoff hopes in jeopardy, as well.

Yorktown (5-4, 2-3) likely needs to win its final regular-season high-school game against the Herndon Hornets (7-2, 4-1) to be assured of a postseason berth.

What hurt Yorktown the most in its loss to Marshall was struggling to run the ball (55 yards total), not stopping the Statesmen’s ground attack (291 yards rushing), a missed point after and a failed two-point conversion attempt, and a late-game interception that ended any hopes of a comeback.

“We couldn’t run the ball or stop their ground game,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. “It’s been a tough season.”

Yorktown’s four losses each have been by seven points or fewer.

The Patriots, who never led against Marshall, threw the ball with efficiency and success against Marshall, passing for 261 yards and four touchdowns, but did have three interceptions. Hudson Greene was 11 of 12 for 139 yards and three TDs. Drew Morgan was 8 of 12 for 122 yards and a TD.

Greene threw scoring passes of 64 yards to Adam Rafi (three catches, 79 yards) and 14 and nine yards to Michael Merritt (five catches, 45 yards). Morgan passed 32 yards to Chris Montecino (five catches, 63 yards) for a score.

Montecino returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and Max Yoon booted three extra points.

Owen Woodward had three catches for 61 yards for Yorktown and Keegan Westhoff two for 13.

Coby Casalengo was Yorktown’s leading rusher with 23 yards. Greene had 20.

On defense, Yorktown’s Alek Yaskin had an interception, Roman Zawadski a sack and Jackson Freeman-Moore multiple tackles.