FREEDOM PLAINS – Pardon the pun, but: What the Heck!?
Just as it seemed Arlington was, perhaps, against the ropes in the fourth quarter and doubt began to enter. Austin Heck delivered for the Admirals, and Ricardo Yolas — again — delivered in dramatic fashion.
Yolas’ 37-yard touchdown burst lifted host Arlington to a 35-28 win over rival Roy C. Ketcham on Friday night.
Yolas, a tailback, had scored the winner in overtime for the Admirals last week as well.
And Heck starred in the second half. He completed a 49-yard pass, then bolted up the middle for a 9-yard touchdown run, retaking the lead for Arlington with 10:25 remaining in the fourth quarter of a wild, back-and-forth contest.
Heck of a game, actually.
After Zaahir Woody’s 20-yard touchdown catch pulled Ketcham within 21-20, late in the third, Arlington roared back and Heck quickly moved his offense down the field. His scoring run put them up, 28-20.
Woody gave Arlington fits, making jaw-dropping catches appear routine. He had seven receptions for 144 yards, and his fourth touchdown was a 32-yarder that tied the score at 28 – after a fumble gave Ketcham an opportunity late. And it was Woody’s 54-yard TD reception, against triple coverage as time expired in the first half that tied the score at 14.
But in the end, it was Heck and Yolas who shined brightest.
Heck’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Lanteri gave Arlington a 14-6 lead in the second quarter. Then his touch pass on a deep corner to Jacob Pfeifer for a 44-yard TD made it 21-14.
Stephen Haynes: firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-437-4826, Twitter: @StephenHaynes4