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Tough defense, passing attack clinches victory

Oct 02, 2017

By Matt Bryant, The JOURNAL


Last year the Keokuk Chiefs rolled into Washington and handed the Demon football team a four point Homecoming loss.

Almost a year to the day later, Washington took the trip to Keokuk and returned the Homecoming favor, albeit by a much heftier margin of victory.

The Demons scored nine touchdowns while shutting out Keokuk on their way to a 63-0 win Friday night at Keokuk in a class 3A district 5 match-up.

Washington displayed dominance on both sides of the ball putting up over 500 yards of offense while allowing Keokuk a total of 7 yards for the game.

“I thought this was the first time all year we played to level we are capable of in all three areas of the game.” said Washington Head Coach Garrison Carter.

The Demons received the opening kick and quickly drove down the field. The first of quarterback Luke Turner’s six touchdown passes found Jaivonn Willis for the 25-yard score with less than four minutes gone in the game.

“It was really nice to see the passing game start clicking.” said Carter, “We have been excellent in the run game all season, and if the passing game can continue to be a strong weapon as well, we can be pretty dangerous offensively.”

On the second Demon drive, another long pass resulted in a touchdown that was wiped out by penalty. That drive ended with a punt. From there, it was off to the races. Washington scored on their next six possessions to take a 49-0 lead into halftime.

As good as the offense was, the defense might have been better. Keokuk Freshman Quarterback Corey Skinner, who came into the game as the Chief’s leading rusher and passer, was bottled up all night. A slew of Keokuk punts, a Demon first quarter interception by Mario Tapia and a Lincoln Kleese third quarter fumble recovery told the story of the defensive dominance.

“The defense was fantastic, allowing only 7 total yards from scrimmage all game. Coach Harris had a fantastic plan and the kids executed it extremely well,” continued Carter.

Turner threw for 272 yards, hitting five different receivers. Dalton Myers caught two of Turner’s passes, both of which resulted in touchdown scampers of over 50 yards apiece. Willis hauled in four catches with two scores. Sawyer Whisler was on the receiving end of two passes, both of which went for touchdowns. Jameson Bell had one catch and one touchdown.

In the ‘you don’t see that every day’ category, Anthony Torres ran in a three-yard touchdown, and then lined up and successfully kicked the point after attempt. Torres accounted for all seven points on the play.

The comfortable lead, and a continuous clock in the second half, allowed Washington to get playing time for a number of players. They continued the solid play and maintained the shutout.

“Games like this are fun to see a lot of the young guys get in and play. I was really proud of how they were able to step in and keep it rolling!” concluded Carter.

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