On that final drive, SCHS quarterback Diego Svoboda connected with split end Yair Garcia on a nifty 25-yard strike to the Cadets 5-yard line. The Warriors called a timeout with three seconds remaining and scored on a 5-yard sprint into the end zone by Johnathan Gonzalez as time expired.
“I am truly proud of them, especially after the past couple of weeks that we’ve had,” Ankrah said. “These guys played hard to the end and never gave up. That has been the case all season long.”
For the game, the Warriors amassed 105 total yards of offense with 54 yards on the ground and 51 through the air. Gonzalez led the Warriors on the ground with 22 rushing yards on 14 attempts. Dennis Martinez had nine carries for 15 yards and Svoboda had two carries for 10 yards. Svoboda also had two pass receptions for 15 yards, and Caden Shonka hauled in one catch for 11 yards.
The Cadets bunched all of their scores into the first and third quarters, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter and two more after halftime. Keaton Persson was the leading rusher for West Point-Beemer with 104 yards on 12 carries and two touchdown jaunts of 11 yards each. Quarterback Jesus Barragan had 42 yards rushing with a 31-yard score, and he completed seven of his 11 pass attempts for two touchdowns of 14 and 8 yards.
With a 1-8 season in the books following an 0-9 record in 2019 the Warriors are already looking forward to building even more in 2021.