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A look at Friday's Class 3A District 6 performances

Aug 28, 2018
Photo by: Doug Brenneman Washington’s Tristin Westphal-Edwards (20), Kyle Dallmeyer (3) and Cade Hennigan (11) drag down a Marion running back during Friday’s loss in Washington.

By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports


The opening night of 11-man football saw some interesting scores.

District play has not started yet, but there was some strength in the scores from Class 3A District 6, which is Washington’s.

Other than the Demons’ 40-14 loss to Marion, Mt. Pleasant was the only other district team to lose, falling at home to Clear Creek-Amana, 26-7.

“Mt. Pleasant always plays us tough and their quarterback is a good football player, run or pass, and their track team is excellent, so they have speed all over,” Washington head football coach James Harris said.

Panther quarterback Zach Beason went 21 for 33 for 188 yards but threw two interceptions against CCA. Logan Bass ran seven times for 58 yards. Chase Lamm caught 10 passes for 89 yards. Clear Creek-Amana hosts Fairfield next week.

Fairfield defeated the visiting team from Knoxville, 28-6 Friday, behind a rushing attack that saw Leone Gichure grind out 126 yards on 14 carries. Tristin Waugh added 78 yards on 18 totes. Carson Crile was 3 of 5 for 30 yards and threw an interception.

“Fairfield will be big and physical,” Harris said. “Waugh is a horse. They were huge last year.” Waugh is listed at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds and besides running back, plays in the defensive line.

Fort Madison blanked Central Lee, 21-0, in Donnellson as Lennon Barker threw for 304 yards on 21 of 35 passing. Dominic Frantz caught five passes for 132 yards. Diego Lozano and Kali Maestro combined to gain 103 yards on 16 carries.

“Coach (Tony) Shiffman has Fort Madison on the right track,” Harris said. Shiffman is in his second year as the Bloodhounds head coach, his first head coaching job. Fort Madison has not qualified for the playoffs in 29 years.

Keokuk also is under new leadership.

“Keokuk lost a great head coach in Matt McGhgy, but their new coach is very successful,” Harris said. “I’m sure he’ll have them ready to go.”

Keokuk’s new coach is Quentin Hamner, who won a state championship at Class 5A Staley, Missouri in 2017. Hamner previously coached at Clark County, Missouri, where he graduated from high school.

The Chiefs won at home, 21-7 over Davis County. Sophomore quarterback Corey Skinner was 9 of 15 for 88 yards with one interception and one touchdown. Cory Flax-Solomon gained 74 yards on 17 carries while Braylon Martinez had 106 yards on 16 totes. Martinez caught four passes for 47 yards. The Chiefs defense recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes.

Solon is the team to beat in the six-team district. Solon rolled up a 34-14 win over Mount Vernon.

“Coach Kevin Miller and his staff do an outstanding job,” Harris said. “Their defense was outstanding last year and Coach Miller’s son is only a junior after starting at quarterback last year.They have two of the best linebackers in the state and (AJ) Coons (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) at receiver is also really good. They are big and talented.”

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