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Turnovers costly in loss for Yorktown football team

Patriots lost a fumble on the opponent's one-yard line

 Turnovers were costly for the Yorktown Patriots in their 14-7 non-district home loss to the West Springfield Spartans the night of Sept. 22 in Arlington in football action.

The loss was the second straight for Yorktown (3-2).

The Patriots were hurt by three turnovers, none more costly than a lost first-down fumble in the fourth quarter on a first-and-goal situation from the Spartans’ one-yard line.

“We were trying a quarterback sneak there and that was probably the wrong play. I take the blame,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. “We should have won. I’m very disappointed for our players. We played very good defense and made them change their offense, and I think we were the better team. I think we fumbled four times and that hurt.”

Yorktown actually fumbled six times, losing two, and also was intercepted once for the three turnovers. West Springfield did not turn the ball over.

The Patriots took a 7-0 first quarter lead on a four-yard scoring run by quarterback Hudson Greene and a Max Yoon extra point. The 80-yard drive took 11 plays. Yorktown did not score again. West Springfield’s touchdowns came in the second and third quarters.

Leading Yorktown’s running attack was Coby Casalengo and Chris Montecino with 45 yards each. Greene ran for 33 and Owen Woodward for 19. Drew Morgan was 9 of 12 passing for 21 yards and Greene completed three passes for 29 yards. Yorktown was intercepted once.

Michael Merritt had five catches for 52 yards, Montecino four for 51, Casalengo two for 16 and Finn Luca had one catch.

On defense for Yorktown, lineman Jackson Freeman-Moore made multiple tackles and Noe Antoine had a tackle on a fourth-down stop.

• The Wakefield Warriors remained winless at 0-5 with a 40-0 loss to the host Edison Eagles in non-district action Sept. 22. The shutout was the second straight for Wakefield.

Warriors’ quarterback Peyton Boroff completed seven passes for 51 yards and Judah Connor three for 25. Each threw an interception.

Bryant Cruz-Lemus had three catches for 24 yards for Wakefield and Josh Cohen three for 14. Matthew Johnson had two for 18. Cameron Fields and Danny Bryan each had one catch.

Fields was the team’s leading rusher with eight yards.

Edison improved to 2-2, as the Eagles are expected to make a challenge to win the National District this fall.