Demons manhandle Marion
MARION — As of late, senior Alex Coker has had the hot hand for the Washington football team. He has amassed 537 all-purpose yards in the last two games.
In the Demons’ latest win, 42-14, over Marion, Friday, Coker had a rushing touchdown of 47 yards, a 55-yard punt return for a score and a 90-yard kick return to the end zone.
“He was able to get to the secondary on the offensive side of the ball, because we were able to get blocks to the second level,” said head coach Randy Schrader. “He does a great job in the open field. It is a total team effort. When we do our job, all 11 guys, we end up in the end zone.”
He finished the night with 97 yards rushing on 13 attempts and had four total touchdowns.
Washington struck early against the Indians with a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. At the break, Marion had narrowed the lead to 21-14.
Senior wide out Quinn Cannoy nearly matched his season average of 26 yards per catch with 21 against the Demons. He totaled 107 yards with two touchdown receptions — both of which came in the first half.
“We had to make some adjustments on the receiver, who scored twice on coverage busts on our end,” Schrader said. “The coaches did a good job of getting that taken care of.”
In the second half, Washington ran away with the game with 21 unanswered points.
Even with a comfortable win Schrader noted some flaws.
“We had a couple busts defensively that allowed them to score some points,” Schrader said. “Offense, defensive, special teams, we were pretty solid across the board. The coach is always looking for that perfect game. We have some things we need to work on.”
Washington dominated the trenches, giving up just 61 rushing yards.
“Our rush defense has done a nice job,” Schrader said.
The catalyst was senior Garrett Covington — who made his first start of the season after missing the first two games for disciplinary reasons.
“He played well against Fairfield last week,” Schrader said. “He had a nice game. He flies around the football. He paid his dues. He is a great defensive leader for us.”
He led the squad with 15 tackles and three sacks. Junior Brad Skubal was second on the team with 14 tackles.
Washington had a balanced running attack that totaled 229 yards with 74 from senior Carl Sivels and 55 yards from quarterback Daryn Sebelius.
Sebelius didn’t have much work to do through the air as he attempted just eight passes.
Senior Tanner Knupp had a respectable night on kick returns with a 58-yard return and a 20-yard return.
The solid performance started with the mental state the players had prior to the game.
“We were concerned about traveling,” Schrader said. “We hadn’t traveled well in the past. I think our kids did a great job mentally getting ready to play the game. It was good for us. They were locked in and ready to go. They did a good job for all 48 minutes.”
The Demons have a lot of potential with mid-season fast approaching and the postseason a month away.
“We have to stay hungry and humble,” he said. “If we stay focused on the task at hand we have some opportunities to do some things.”