Seniors Ride Off In The Sunset With A Win
It was tied down the stretch. The Patriots were driving the ball down the field as time ticked down. The Patriots had been in this position before. The fate of the game lay in the offenses hands. Jaydon Green just picked up enough yardage to set his team up with a first and ten. The attack plan seemed unstoppable at this point, but this was not always the case.
On November 1st, 2018, The Conifer Lobos traveled to All City Stadium to go head to head with the Patriots from George Washington. Both teams came into the game with a record of five wins and four losses. The Patriots were led to believe that if they won this game, they would sneak into the playoffs at the 16th spot. Conifer seemed to dominate the first half but the defense for the Patriots, led by Jeremy Brooks and Grant Pulen, held the Lobos to only 14 points. At the end of the half, the Patriots put on seven points with a strong running drive from Marcus Quinones.
The second half was a whole different story. The Patriots defense had many unsung heroes who helped out the offense. Bryan Medina and Tre Alexander came up big with tackles for losses and sacks to stop the Lobos from driving. A one play passing touchdown drive from Jaydon Green to Jahvell Johnson Humphrey and a fumble return by Jahmad Everett put the patriots up 22 to 14. Then came the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, the Lobos showed no sign of giving up as they drove down the field to score a touchdown and two point conversion to tie the score with one minute left. It was tied down the stretch. The Patriots were driving the ball down the field as time ticked down. The Patriots had been in this position before. The fate of the game lay in the offenses hands. Jaydon Green just picked up enough yardage to set his team up with a first and ten. This spectacular run got the offense within field goal range, but they had a goal to score six. A pass to Johnson-Humphrey was caught and flushed out of the grasp at the last moment, but the Patriots had one chance. The very next play Green audibled the call to another jump ball with Johnson-Humphrey. As the ball soared in the air, the feeling of uncertainty changed as everyone on the Patriots knew who was coming down with that ball. George Washington was put on top and knocked off the Lobos 29 to 22 in a thriller.
The excitement ran from the players, to the coaches, to the fans in the stands. An amazing win capped off the Patriots season as the following Monday, the team was informed that they had not made the playoffs, missing the 16th seed by .01 RPI (a system used by CHSAA to rank teams) points. Disappointment and Heartbreak ran through the football teams tears when they heard. They worked harder than any team in 3A and deserved a spot in the playoffs. But sometimes, the dice does not fall in your favor. Win or lose this team showed a brotherhood like no other. There were ups and downs but they had a fight to them that is not found in teams of this era. Good luck to all the seniors who played their final high school game, and all of us at George Washington High are looking forward to next season!