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Washington Freshman football off to hot start

Sep 20, 2017

The Washington freshman football team has enjoyed a great start to their high school careers, as they have reached the halfway point of their season with a 4-0 record. Their wins have come against Albia, Mid Prairie, Mount Pleasant, and Solon, by an average margin of 14 points.

With a large group of 25 participants, the Demons have showed a glimpse of what to expect in the future, as the group is deep in several positions. While displaying a nice balance of run and pass on offense, the freshmen have also illustrated their toughness on defense of late, which was prevalent in their 14-7 victory last week in Solon.

Leading the way on offense has been a two-headed monster in the backfield, as Wyatt Stout leads the team in rushing with 556 yards, followed by Wilx Witthoft with 240 yards. Both individuals have averaged over 10-yards per carry through four games.

In addition to the running game, the quarterback play has been solid. While battling injuries, Trashaun Willis has showed his strength and athleticism both through the air and on the ground, as in only 4 quarters this season, he has 127 all-purpose yards. Reece Mayer has stepped in at quarterback in Willis’ absence, and has led the Demons in passing, as he is 20-32 for 271 yards and four touchdowns.

Through the air, six different Demons have receptions (Noah Suchan, Spencer Sotelo, Zach Stout, Bryan Martin, Wyatt Stout, and Reece Mayer). Sotelo has led the charge in the receiving core, as he has 10 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns.

Overall, Wyatt Stout, Reece Mayer, and Wilx Witthoft lead the way with 4 touchdowns apiece for the Demons, en route to the 18 total team touchdowns on the season.

On the defensive side of the ball, 23 of the 25 Demons have recorded tackles, and 5 of these 23 have recorded over 20 tackles (Bryan Martin, Wilx Witthoft, Wyatt Stout, Zac Stout, and Thomas Bias). Martin is the leading tackler through the halfway point with 29 total.

The Demons have also been proven to be ball hawks, as they have 11 takeaways through 4 games. Zac Stout, Bryan Martin, Wilx Witthoft, Kael Adam, and Noah Kleese, have all earned fumble recoveries, while Spencer Sotelo, Trashaun Willis, and Wyatt Stout have intercepted at least one pass.

Not only has the group been electric on offense and defense, they have managed to score through their special teams as well. Wilx Witthoft and Wyatt Stout each have a kick return for touchdown, and Zac Stout has been consistent in his point after touchdown attempts in the kicking game.

The Demons have proved they can hurt you in all phases of the game thus far.

In addition to the contributors named above, the roster is completed by the following freshmen: Joey Labelle, Ayden Frazer, Chase Messamaker, Joseph Schrock, Keaton Zear, Jack Strabala, Beau Larue, Roy Carter, Zayne Laws, Charlie Henriksen, Jimmy Cardoso, Cooper Reed, Brayden Harvey, and Justus Reighard.

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