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Demons dominate Albia in opener

By Matt Bryant | Aug 28, 2017
A good running game by Demon Jaivon Willis gave Washington an overwhelming vicory over Albia Friday night. The Demons were tough defensively, holding Albia to a single touchdown.

 

 

The opening game of the 2017 Washington football season began with a tribute to local heroes. The game ended with a 64-7 Demon domination of Albia on Friday at Case Field.

Head Coach Garrison Carter was pleased with the way his team preformed, “A lot to be happy about tonight. It was nice to see all the hard work and preparation in the offseason payoff.”

27 different Demon defenders were credited with a solo or assisted tackle. To repeat that, twenty-seven different tacklers. The attacking defense recorded 7 sacks as a part of 13 tackles for loss. Albia was held to 19 yards rushing.

“Obviously need to give a lot of credit to Coach Harris and the defensive staff for having a great game plan in place.” complimented Carter. “Albia really struggled to move the ball and that is all due to hours and hours of film study and preparation”.

Even with the defense consistently setting up the offense with a short field, Washington used a punishing ground game to roll up 356 yards rushing, including 7 of the Demons 9 total touchdowns.

The first half was led by the seniors. Jaivonn Willis returned a punt 76 yards for a score and Ryan Reighard connected with Willis on a 26 yard scoring pass on the following possession. Both plays were part of a 35 point first quarter scoring blitz.

Willis added a rushing touchdown to tally three scores for the game, not including a successful two point conversion pass he threw to Jack Redlinger. Reighard also ran in for touchdown of his own.

“I am really proud of this group of seniors. On top of being extremely talented, they have been tremendous leaders throughout camp.” continued Carter.

The Demons got a pair of rushing touchdowns from Tristin Westphal-Edwards. Tanner Murphy and Garrett Ikerd, who ended the scoring with about 5 minutes left in the game, added six points each with their touchdown scampers. That many scores gave Anthony Torres plenty of opportunity to kick through six P.A.T.s.

With a more than comfortable 50-0 halftime lead, sophomore quarterback Luke Turner took the second half reins and pounded out 148 yards on the ground. Turner’s 45 yard touchdown run ended the third quarter.

Albia found the scoreboard with a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. This, and a successful extra point attempt, made up Albia’s scoring.

“A lot of teams come into week one rusty and out of shape. I didn’t see any signs of that in our team. I thought we were focused, energetic and well prepared” Carter concluded.

The Demons hit the road to in-county rival Mid-Prairie on Friday in Wellman.

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