Washington routs RaidersDemons use fast start, secures 1st place in district
Sometimes you have to sweat the big games and other times you run away with the game unexpectedly.
This was the case for Washington as it knocked off district favorite Williamsburg 35-10 to remain the lone unbeaten team in district play, in Friday’s Homecoming win.
“It was a big game,” said junior quarterback Daryn Sebelius. “The winner of this had the driver’s seat in the district.”
Before the season began, even head coach Randy Schrader picked the Raiders to win district.
“I think every coach had them favored to win the district,” Schrader said. “I had them picked to win the district. They were the defending champs.”
After just seven plays from scrimmage you could sense there was change of guard. Washington rode two scores of 65 and 69 yards from tailback Alex Coker to a 14-3 lead with 11:05 left in the second quarter.
“Coker was a beast tonight,” Sebelius said. “All these seniors deserve this Homecoming win. It was all for them.”
Coker had a season-best 248 yards rushing against the Raiders.
Washington ran only two plays in the first quarter but led 7-0 after a touchdown with 7:27 left in the first quarter.
The Raiders had a chance to answer but had a dropped pass on the 5 and junior Thomas Bump made a touchdown-saving tackle inside the 5. After two plays for a loss, the Raiders settled for a field goal.
In Washington’s last four wins, tailback Alex Coker is averaging 158.5 rushing yards per game and 251.75 as both a runner and a kick returner.
“For lack of a better term, he really has been running angry,” Schrader said. “If we get our line to get to the second level, he is really dangerous.”
He has three touchdowns per game during that stretch, but humbly gives credit to his offensive line for his success.
“The O-line does a good job that makes my job easier,” Coker said. “From the bottom of my heart I want to thank them. I want people to know that I love my O-line.”
Coker said it’s simple: the team scores because they have elusive backs and a sound offensive line.
Although he didn’t field any kicks he had three touchdowns against Williamsburg.
“Whenever I give the ball to ‘Bubba,’ I know he can score every play,” Sebelius said in reference to Coker. “It’s awesome.”
After a three-and-out midway through the second quarter, senior Tanner Knupp recovered a fumble on the dropped punt from Williamsburg’s senior Aaron Shultz on his team’s 25-yard line.
Coker left little doubt that Washington would score as he punched it in on the first play for a 25-yard score with 6:57 left in the half.
“We came out of the gate and made some big plays,” Schrader said. “We imposed our will on them for awhile. We battled on defense.”
The Raiders scored on a third and six to make the game manageable at 21-10 at the half. The Raiders were then shut out in the second half.
Senior Carl Sivels intercepted Raiders quarterback Jacob Donohoe at the Raiders’ 30-yard line.
A Knupp 6-yard carry with 2:35 left made it 28-10 with 2:35 left in the third quarter.
Knupp made it 35-10 with another score with 4:49 to go.
This win was redemption for Washington after it lost on Homecoming 13-10 against Marion Sept. 14, 2012.
“Last year was most bitter loss ever,” Sebelius said. “Just to win against Williamsburg, one of the top contenders in our district, and playing great feels really good.”
In addition it was a bounce-back win after losing to the Raiders last year.
Friday, the Demons amassed 394 yards on the ground and had to put the ball in the air just nine times. The defense held Williamsburg to 189 yards of total offense.
Senior Garrett Covington led the defensive side with 16 tackles and five for a loss. Junior Brad Skubal was second with 10 tackles and one for a loss.
The defense had a solid outing while allowing 67 passing yards
“Junior cornerback Jacob Green had his best game of the season,” Schrader said.
At 5-1, 3-0 Washington has a chance to win a title by sweeping the next three.
“We got to finish strong,” Schrader said. “Let’s win the district outright and get the No. 1 seed.”
With this win over Williamsburg, the Demons sent a message to the rest of the district.
“It was great to be in a victory formation,” Schrader said. “That was the exclamation on it. It wasn’t close. That was statement for us.”