Football Wins Emotional Game to Remain Undefeated
The WPS Varsity Football Team took the field with heavy hearts on Friday afternoon, still mourning the loss of defensive coordinator Brad Ramsey. The Lakers learned of the news of Coach Ramsey’s passing on Sunday, and tried their best to have a normal week of practice. This combined with coming off of a bye week would provide for a difficult start and first half for the team. The Lakers would rally, however, and finish the game with the 35-27 victory!
The Lakers offense dominated the ground game once again, rushing for 349 yards and 5 touchdowns. The WPS offense was led again by junior Ismael Cortes, who rushed for 237 yards and 4 touchdown. This is Cortes’ third week in a row with +200 yards rushing. He now also has over 1000 yards rushing on the season, with several games still to play. With starting QB Kai Patterson injured, freshman Tommy Darrow stepped in and had a solid performance, going 9 of 17 for 88 yards, and also rushing 7 times for 27 yards.
The defense for the Lakers struggled in the first half, giving up 21 points and 225 yards of total offense. In the second half, however, the Laker D locked down CFCA, holding them to 80 yards and no points. Third down defense was also big for the Lakers, as they held the Eagles to 1-6 on 3rd down to end drives and get the offense back on the field. WPS also picked off CFCA 3 times on the day. Senior captain Mitchell Darrow had 6 solo tackles and sophomore Mason Russell had 5 solo tackles as well as a key interception to lead the way for the WPS defense.
The Lakers move to 7-0 on the season and will look to finish the regular season with an unblemished record on Friday night against Out-of-Door Academy. This game will serve as both Homecoming and Senior Night as WPS will be sending off 11 seniors this season.