Demons cruise against KeokukSivels, Coker rush for a combined 304 yards
KEOKUK — The Washington football team rode a dominant 27-0 first quarter to a comfortable win over Keokuk, Friday.
The Demons posted a 48-0 shutout win after outscoring the Chiefs 7-0 in each of the last three quarters.
Washington used a potent rushing attack to control the tempo. The team amassed 439 yards on the ground and picked up 14 first downs to control the clock. The Chiefs had negative 3 yards rushing.
“Our defense did a great job against the run,” said head coach Randy Schrader. “We played really well in the first quarter. Anytime you keep a team scoreless that is a great job on the defensive side of the ball. A great credit to the kids and coaches on that side of the football.”
Senior Alex Coker led his team with 188 yards on 17 carries in just more than three quarters of play. He found the end zone twice including on the first drive and a 75-yard score.
“He ran really well,” Schrader said. “We had some drives. We were able to put some things together. We punted a couple times. For the most part we were able to sustain drives and move the football.”
Senior Carl Sivels had the biggest play of the day, a 95-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He finished with 116 yards on six rushes.
Quarterback Daryn Sebelius had a mixed day. On 10 carries he picked up 73 yards and scored twice. He had a small sample size for passing, completing one of five passes with his lone completion being to junior Thomas Bump for a 16-yard touchdown.
“Daryn did a nice job; we ran some sweeps with him,” Schrader said. “We didn’t throw the ball real well. We need to work on that. He managed the game real well. We missed some open receivers; Daryn overthrew them.”
Washington held the Chiefs’ strong passing attack in check with 140 yards. Coker and junior Brad Skubal both came up with interceptions.
“They threw a lot of little hitch routes,” Schrader said. “Short 5-yard passes. Their biggest play was a 17-yard completion, but that was late in the fourth quarter. In the past couple games they were able to throw it deep; we were able to take care of that. I think overall our defense played really well.”
Senior Garrett Covington made a team-high nine tackles and had two tackles for a loss. Sivels and senior Tanner Knupp were second on the team with eight tackles each. Knupp had one of the team’s three sacks.
Schrader was able to rest his starters after the first drive of the third quarter. That allowed him to give carries to nine running backs.
“Our sophomore bunch, Bryce Ricky and Ethan Hansen, got the chance to get some prime-time playing time on Friday night,” Schrader said. “It was a chance for our varsity guys to rest.”
Washington moves to 4-1, 2-0 in District play and is amid a three-game winning streak. The Demons have outscored their opponents 149-37 in those three wins. What has impressed Schrader the most is that his roster is still intact.
“We’re healthy,” Schrader said. “There have been a few (knocks) here and there. For the most part we are healthy. If you keep your players healthy and focused you have a chance to stay away from injuries. That is a credit to our strength and conditioning program.”
The Demons face Williamsburg at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at Case Field.