Coker’s four TDs key Wash. blowout
From one blowout to the next, Washington continues to make it look easy. This time it used three scores of at least 30 yards and 35 first-half points to coast to a 49-8 win against Fort Madison, Friday.
The previous week the Bloodhounds erased a 22-point lead to force overtime against Fairfield. There would be no comeback this time.
With a 21-0 lead intact Friday, Washington looked to put the Bloodhounds away.
Washington’s sixth drive went 60 yards in two minutes, resulting in a 15-yard score from senior Alex Coker.
Then Washington head coach Randy Schrader made a bold move attempting an onside kick. Washington recovered and 21 seconds after its last score, Coker and Sebelius connected for a 50-yard touchdown for a 35-0 lead.
“They have a lot of fight in them,” Schrader said. “We wanted to put a couple on them towards the end of the half. If we could get a continuous clock we knew we would be in good shape.”
Senior Tanner Knupp had a 30-yard rushing touchdown on the sixth play of the game to cap off a 74-yard drive that spanned 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
“I’d say we are a first-half team,” Knupp said. “Obviously, we have to come out and set the tempo for the first kickoff or kick return. Our goal is to score on the first play. We pride ourselves on tempo and speed.”
On the Demons’ second play of their third drive, Coker had a signature 37-yard touchdown carry, in which he brushed off a tackler. Washington started the drive on Fort Madison’s 41.
Washington had the ball on their own 32 with 1:51 left in the first quarter. Two plays and 40 seconds later, quarterback Daryn Sebelius took his turn with a 68-yard rushing score.
Coker had his longest run of the day, with a 42-yard score, after Fort Madison went three-and-out.
With 3:30 left in the third, sophomore Bryce Rickey ran for a 22-yard touchdown.
The Bloodhounds didn’t get on the board until its first string found the end zone against Washington’s second string with six seconds left in the third quarter. Senior Cruz Fedler had a 1-yard touchdown scamper.
“He still had his ones in there against our JV,” Schrader said.
Coker finished the game with four scores and 134 yards for a 13.4-yard average. He led Washington with 50 yards receiving.
“He had some great runs, really physical runs through tackles,” Schrader said. “Once we get him to the second level he is going to break an arm tackle. He showed that tonight.”
Sebelius had 106 yards on eight carries and 82 yards passing on four completions.
“All of our guys pride themselves in being really physical, from our quarterback to our half backs to our O-line,” Schrader said. “Our kids run angry.”
Washington finished with 410 rushing yards split between six backs, four of which scored. It held Fort Madison to 53 rushing yards.
It did struggle with ball security with a pair of fumbles.
Senior Garrett Covington continues to lead the defense since his return to the starting lineup against Marion, Sept. 20.
He had 11 tackles, four tackles for a loss and one sack.
T. Knupp and Jeff Knupp had seven tackles each, and a combined three tackles for a loss. T. Knupp was one of four players with a sack for Washington.
Lost in Washington’s push for a No.1 seed and its sixth-straight win was the fact that Friday was Senior Night with 16 players departing.
“As our program has progressed and we get into the playoffs, Senior Night is not your last night on Case Field,” Schrader said. “We have been good enough the past couple of years to host a playoff game. It probably takes a little luster off of it. We made sure that a Senior Night was special for our seniors. We set a lot of goals in the spring. We still have a lot of things we have to accomplish. We are far from being done here.”