The Washington Demon football team returns to district play tonight when they travel down to Keokuk to face the Chiefs.
The Demons are coming off a big win against Marion, wining 42-14 and are looking to do the same against Keokuk who were 10-6 winners over Fairfield last week.
The 3-1 Demons are led offensively by Alex Coker who was named the KCRG athlete of the week for his performance against Marion which included a 90 yard kick return touchdown, a 55 yard punt return touchdown and two touchdowns on the ground. Coker has seven rushing touchdowns 305 yards on the ground, 57 yards receiving and a touchdown, two punt returns for a touchdown and one kickoff return for a touchdown on the year.
Other offensive standouts for the Demons are Daryn Seibelius who is 15-42 with 242 yards a interceptions and three touchdowns and 190 yards rushing with one touchdown. Carl Sivels has 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns and Tanner Knupp has 108 yards rushing and one touchdown plus six catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively the Demons have recorded 11 sacks and 33 tackles for a loss in their 282 total tackles this season, still led by Jeff Knupp and Tanner Knupp, but Garrett Covington, Thomas Bump, Tama Leutele and Brad Skubal are some of the names that caused issues for Marion in the backfield last week and will be looked at to do it again this week.
Mason Quigley is still perfect on PAT’s and the punt return is ranked second in the state in yards.
Keokuk is a passing attack team with Drake Reiter taking over and going 76-137 this season with seven interceptions and five touchdowns. Their running game goes all through Dakota Shaw who has 257 yards and just one touchdown, and their passing will go to Kolton Marlin who has 27 catches for 326 yards and four touchdowns or Bryce Baxter who has 18 catches for 214 yards and one touchdown.
Their kick Jordan martin is 5-6 in PAT’s and 2-3 in Field goals nailing his longest from 47 yards.
Demon head coach Randy Schrader said tonight’s game is about containing and stopping Reiter.
“We need to shut down their run game, that has to be done by our tackles, ends and inside linebackers and they can shut that down and make them go to the air, I like our chances, with that back end,” Schrader said. “If we can knock their quarterback around a little bit, and play that field position game, then it will be a great ride back coming back from Keokuk.”
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