JVs Beat Army 35-28

Cameron Sandquist. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Cameron Sandquist. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Three Touchdowns for Sandquist

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman wide receiver Cameron Sandquist had three touchdown catches, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, as the Yale junior varsity football team beat Army 35-28 Sunday afternoon at Frank Field.

The Bulldogs moved the ball effectively on each of their first three possessions. After the first one ended with a missed field goal, the next two finished in the end zone. On the first touchdown drive freshman quarterback John Whitelaw converted a pair of third downs, one with a 20-yard toss to freshman wide receiver Jackson Liguori and one with a seven-yard scramble. The Bulldogs also got an 18-yard run from freshman tailback Elijah Thomas. Whitelaw hit Sandquist for an 18-yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Yale at 5:41 of the first quarter.

A 43-yard completion from Whitelaw to Sandquist highlighted Yale's next drive, which ended with Whitelaw scoring on a keeper from less than a yard out to make it 14-0 at 13:40 of the second quarter.

A pair of touchdown runs by Army evened things up later in the quarter, and the Cadets briefly went ahead with a 27-yard touchdown pass at 4:04 of the second. But sophomore quarterback Dez Duron led a four-play, 76-yard touchdown drive right after that, capping it by scrambling to his left to find Sandquist on the sideline. Sandquist broke an attempted tackle, losing a shoe in the process, and headed into the end zone with a 41-yard touchdown that tied the score at 21. It stayed that way heading into halftime thanks in large part to an interception in the end zone by freshman defensive back Chris Brady.

Freshman defensive lineman John Oppenheimer ended Army's first drive of the second half by forcing a fumble that was recovered by sophomore outside linebacker Dylan Drake at the Army 46. Whitelaw capped the ensuing Yale drive by lofting an eight-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Liguori in the end zone.

Army nearly took advantage of a Yale fumble on a punt return early in the third, but after getting the ball at the Yale 26 and driving to the two the Cadets were stymied by the Yale defense. Sophomore defensive lineman Nick Daffin disrupted an attempted handoff there, and junior linebacker Ben Ashcraft grabbed the loose ball.

The Yale defense also stopped a fourth-and-one run by Army at the Yale 45 late in the third quarter, but early in the fourth the Cadets were able to take advantage of great field position after partially blocking a Yale punt. They drove 36 yards for the game-tying touchdown run with 9:11 to play.

A roughing the kicker call against Army helped sustain Yale's go-ahead drive, as it gave the Bulldogs a first down at the Army 37. Four plays later, freshman quarterback Henry Furman hit Sandquist for a 35-yarder that put the Bulldogs up 35-28 with 2:28 to play. An interception by freshman defensive back Max Napolitano then put the game away.

The Yale JV team, which is 1-2, plays its final game Nov. 19 at Harvard.

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity