Yellow Jackets Fall in Close Game Against West Point

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Running back Jaylen Stevens pushes through West Point’s defensive line for a short yardage gain. Photo by Adolphus Ames.

By Adolphus Ames –

The Northampton Yellow Jackets hosted a regional quarterfinals game Friday, Nov. 12. They faced a familiar foe, the West Point Pointers. The last time the two teams faced was on a Monday night in early October. The Yellow Jackets were victorious in that game, but in the second matchup they came up short, losing 41-37.

The Pointers scored on their opening drive and the Yellow Jackets quickly responded with their strong ground game, taking the ball down to the 1-yard line. Dustin Splawn capped the drive off with a rushing touchdown. In the second quarter, the Yellow Jackets began putting on a show in the air. Quarterback Liam Flynn connected with Romano Onley on several big pass plays, including three touchdowns. The Yellow Jackets entered the fourth quarter on top 37-27, seemingly poised to take home the victory, but West Point outscored them 14-0 to close out the game. 

This brings an end to a stellar Yellow Jackets season. The football team scored a season total of over 400 points and finished with an overall 8-2 record.