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The best 1-3 football team in the state

By Travis J. Brown | Sep 23, 2011
Travis J. Brown

This is probably of no comfort to Washington’s fans, players or coaches, but the Demons are the best 1-3 football team in the state of Iowa.

According to power rankings compiled by Brent Moore (http://ia.bcmoorerankings.com), Washington is the best 1-3 football team in Iowa and the 25th-best team in Class 3A.

But saying you’re the best 1-3 team in the state is kind of like saying you’re the best finger painter in kindergarten. You’re a talented artist, but you haven’t proven anything yet.

The Demons are not a bad football team. But they’ve been their own worst enemy over the first four weeks of the season.

Washington won its season-opener against Mid-Prairie despite getting penalized eight times for 82 yards in that contest. The Demons have averaged 78.8 penalty yards per game this season.

They’ve also dug themselves a hole in each game they’ve played. Washington trailed the Golden Hawks 8-6 at halftime before rallying for a 27-8 victory. The Demons trailed by as many as 29 points at Keokuk on Sept. 2, but made a valiant comeback, scoring 22 unanswered points before losing 35-28. Washington fell behind Grinnell by as many as 28 points at Case Field on Sept. 9, but outscored the Tigers 16-0 in the fourth quarter to trim the final deficit to 35-23. And the Demons trailed 14-0 at halftime at Benton last Friday before rallying to send the game to overtime, where they lost 22-21.

Washington has been outscored 64-19 in the first half of games this season. The Demons simply need to start games better and take care of the football. And Washington’s defense, which has yielded 222.8 rushing yards and 332.3 total yards per game, needs to get a few more stops.

Still, the Demons are not a bad football team. They have an athletic quarterback in Jake Redlinger, sure-handed receivers in Colin Steele and Brock Kimball, and speedy running backs in Parker Turner and Alex Coker. Those athletes are well conditioned, as they’ve outscored their opponents 52-0 in the fourth quarter this season. Washington’s coaching staff will also keep working hard to rebuild a program that hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2009.

Again, the Demons are not a bad football team. But they have not yet proven that they are a good football team.

However, if the Demons can win their last five games and make some noise in the state playoffs, they can still prove just how good they are.

Better than their 1-3 record shows.

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