The Washington Demon football team put any doubt about their ability to rest last night with a 59-23 win over the Fairfield Trojans.
Washington had the continuous clock for the entire second half, and pulled their starters about midway through the second half as well.
The Demons started with the ball and marched down the field easy on the Trojan defense, going nine plays to get into the red zone, but could not get the touchdown, so Mason Quigley converted on his first field goal of the season from 24 yards out to make the score 3-0. Washington forced Fairfield to go three-and-out, and a 59 yard punt return by Alex Coker set up the one play four yard touchdown run for Tanner Knupp and the Demons led 10-0.
Washington tried to scored once more before the first quarter was over, but would have to wait until the first play of the second quarter for a four yard Coker touchdown, his first of the night and made the score 17-0. The Demons scored again quickly when Jordan Whitney of Fairfield was stripped by Thomas Bump, and the Demons recovered in the Fairfield zone. Washington scored on a fourth down play with a 30 yard pass in the flats to Coker making the score 24-0.
Fairfield finally got on the board after Washington gave up some arm tackles and Nick Jackson went 55 yards, but was drug down before he could hit paydirt and the Trojans had to settle for their own field goal from 26 yards by Federico Feretti making the score 24-3. Washington answered though, with the third touchdown of the night be Coker who ran it in from 15 yards, and just before half a 15 yard touchdown pass to Tanner Knupp ran the score to the 35 point rule to make it 38-3.
Fairfield got the ball out of half time but could do nothing with it and was forced to punt, and Johnathan Hoehne did not do his homework on Coker as he kicked it right to Coker and he was gone, a 72 yard punt return touchdown made the score 44-3 and gave Coker another touchdown on the night, but he still wasn’t done, as he scored one final time on an untouched 42 yard run up the middle late in the third quarter and made the score 52-3, and that is when the second team offense and defense came in for Washington.
Fairfield kept their No. 1 running back Jackson in the game and he scored on a 27 yard run to make the score 52-10 in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter a big 72 yard run by second stringer Bryce Rickey, made the score 59-10 and Jackson scored once more to make it 59-17. The Fairfield second team offense of sorts, moved down the field and scored as time ran out off a two yard run by Alex Christensen to make the final 59-23.
Demon head coach Randy Schrader said it was a good week of practice, and it showed in the game.
“Well we had a great week of practice and we tell our kids how you practice on Tuesday is how you’re going to play on Friday, and as hot as it was our kids came out and did a great job, and our coach did a great job of coaching them up and it is one of those things that we did pretty much whatever we wanted,” Schrader said. “We did get a [touchdown] on that first job, but our kids really did a nice job, sucked it up and just really came through for us.”
Coker had five touchdowns on the night, with 97 yards rushing. Knupp had two touchdowns and 32 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving. Daryn Seibelius was 4-7 for 61 yards and two touchdowns, and Quigley was 8-8 in PAT’s and hit his lone field goal from 25. The Demon varsity defense held the Trojan offense to just 51 yards until the second team defense went against their No. 1 offense.
Washington is 1-0 in district play and 2-1 overall and hits the road next week for Marion for their first of a three game string that Washington will need to prepare for. That game can be heard right here on AM and FM KCII.