Mount Vernon 10
Yorktown's defense was getting the offense the field position it needed to kick-start a fourth-quarter comeback last night against Mount Vernon. The points finally came from running back Max Milien.
Milien scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the final one on a one-yard run with 5 minutes 15 seconds remaining, leading the Patriots to a 14-10 win over the Majors last night in Arlington.
Yorktown (3-1, 1-0 AAA National District) started its first five possessions of the second half in Mount Vernon territory, but for a while it looked as if the Majors (2-2, 0-1) would turn back every Patriots charge.
Senior defensive back Brandon Beach's interception stopped the first drive, junior linebacker Steven Beach stuffed a run on fourth-and-goal from the 1, and just about the entire Mount Vernon defensive line rose up for another fourth-down stop from the 1 on the next drive.
"We were just kind of down," Milien said. "Our coaches, when we were on the 1-yard line, figured out what we need to do [inside the 20]. We changed it and we scored."
The change in tactic was getting the ball more consistently to Milien, who rushed for 91 of his 120 yards in the second half. The sophomore scored on a six-yard run with 7:21 left in the fourth to pull the Patriots to 10-7. Two minutes later, he gave Yorktown the lead.
Yorktown's defense allowed the Patriots to overcome the missed chances in the second half, as well as set up the winning score. Following Milien's first touchdown, senior safety Tyler Valtin recovered a botched pitch at the Mount Vernon 18 to set up the go-ahead score four plays later. "Our defense came up big and gave us great field position," Milien said.
It took one more stop -- an interception by senior Sam Foster in the closing seconds -- to secure the win for the Patriots.
In the first half, Yorktown's defense struggled to stop Mount Vernon's patient ground attack. Quarterback Patrick Reiley started to find room to run the triple-option attack, picking and choosing his way for 90 first-half yards.
Reiley scored the first Mount Vernon touchdown on a 21-yard run around the right side to put the Majors ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter.