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Demons celebrate homecoming victory

Sep 25, 2017

By Matt Bryant. The JOURNAL


Washington Honorary Captain Carson Thomas scored the Demons first touchdown, even before the opening kick-off. The rest of the Demons finished off the scoring on their way to a 35–7 Homecoming victory over Fairfield Friday night at Case Field.

In a touching moment to begin the contest, Thomas, who has DiGeorge Syndrome, received the game’s first handoff. Through an agreement with the Fairfield coaches, a little help from his teammates, and an accommodating Trojan defense, Thomas went 25 yards for a touchdown. The play was untimed and did not contribute to the final score.

“The play of the game came on the opening snap.” said Demon Head Coach Garrison Carter, “Carson Thomas scored his first career touchdown. This was a tremendous moment to be part of. I am so happy for Carson and his family. He is an inspiration. He has overcome so much to be able to have that moment. His courage and tenacity help put all of our daily “struggles” in perspective. Having him as part of our team has been a tremendous blessing.”

After three and outs by both teams to start the game Fairfield opened the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown pass on a fourth down play. Carson Crile fired a strike to Leone Gichure for the score with just over 3:00 minutes left in the first quarter.

“We got off to a good start, which we challenged our kids to do.” said Fairfield Head Coach Matt Jones, “Give Washington credit, because after we took a 7-0 lead, they really came out and pounded the ball at us. We were unable to consistently stop them”.

That’s when Washington took over the game. The Demons used three different players in the quarterback spot and a smattering of big plays to roll off 35 unanswered points.

Washington put its first points on the board courtesy of a Jaivonn Willis 4 yard touchdown scramble at the end of quarter 1. Jack Redlinger ran into the end zone from 16 yards out to add to the Demon points early in the second quarter. The Demons capped off the first half with a 28 yard scoring throw from Willis to Sawyer Whisler.

Washington took a 22–7 lead into the break.

The second half featured two more Demon touchdowns, both by big, and perhaps a bit unconventional, means.

With 4:00 minutes gone in the third quarter, Washington’s Cale Hobscheidt picked off a Crile pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown. Carter commented this about the defensive performance, “The defense continues to play extremely well. They put tremendous pressure on the opponent with their relentless swarm of 11 players to the ball each play”.

Just over 3:00 minutes later Tristin Westphal-Edwards sprinted 65 yards for the games final score off a Demon fake punt.

Willis finished the night with 77 receiving, 33 rushing and 28 passing yards accounting for 138 of Washington’s 418 total yards. Redlinger was the game’s leading ball carrier with 136 of the Demons 313 rush yards. Ryan Reighard, still playing with a cast on his right arm, paced the home team defense with 9 tackles.

“Offensively we did some things very well, and also have a lot of things we need to work on. The good take-away was that most of things that caused us problems are things that we can fix. We will continue to improve each day.” stated Carter.

The Trojan’s big back, Tristin Waugh, rumbled for 133 yards on the ground. Crile threw for 101.

“We played hard, but just weren’t consistent enough on offense, defense, or in the kicking game. We had three turnovers and had too many drive killing penalties. It’s really tough for us to overcome getting behind the chains.” concluded Jones.

Carter wrapped up by saying, “It was a nice team win! I thought we played a little sloppy at times, but overall I am very pleased”.

Washington travels to Keokuk this Friday. Fairfield returns home for a match up against Oskaloosa.

Results from the other 3A – District 5 games on Friday were: Solon rolled Oskaloosa 43-7; Mt Pleasant defeated Ft. Madison 44-16; and West Burlington Notre Dame beat Keokuk 28-14.

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