The Washington Demon football team will take a trip outside of district play again tonight when they travel up to Marion.
Last year the Demons hosted Marion for homecoming and some questionable calls by the officiating squad plus failed red zone attempts aided to the Demons falling 13-10 in a tough game.
The Demons are coming off their big offensive week over Fairfield and are 2-1, and have 207 passing yards on the season by Daryn Seibelius who is 12-34 with three touchdowns and a pick. Alex Coker’s big rushing game put him in the ground game lead with 208 yards and five touchdowns and Gage Redlinger is still the leader in receptions with 70 yards and a touchdown on one catch, but Tanner Knupp is close behind with five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively Jeff Knupp continues to be the force to be reckoned with, with a team leading 23 tackles, and Carl Sivels has two picks, while Knupp and Jacob Green have one. Special teams wise Mason Quigley converted on his first field goal of the season from 25 yards out and remains perfect in PAT’s and his punting continues to improve, while Coker has a touchdown on a punt return and averages 52.7 yards a return.
Marion is unranked and is also 2-1, they are coming off a shutout of Anamosa 58-0. Trevor Hardman is their guy under center going 17-33 with 353 yards, two interceptions and five touchdowns. On the ground they have three backs to be aware of with Colton Mowry who has 192 yards and three touchdowns, John Carstensen with 150 yards and a touchdown and Dontavious Young with 135 yards and a touchdown. Receiving wise it is one player, Quinn Cannoy with 286 yards on 10 catches and five touchdowns.
On defense it is Carstensen who leads the team in tackles with 19, and two players have one interception. On special teams Ben Kroemer is 1-2 in field goals with his longest being 24, and he is 9-11 in PAT’s.
Head coach Randy Schrader said scoring when his team can is what will put the Demons on top.
“As always it is going to come down to up front, we need to control the football and if we get into the red zone we need to put points on the board and I think that was a big problem last year, we were in the red zone three or four time and walked away with nothing,” Schrader said. “Against a good football team you have to convert on those, whether it be three or six and then your defense has to be stout and bend, don’t break. I think our coaches have these kids ready to play and I think our kids understand what it takes to play a good quality out of district opponent.”
Washington and Marion play at Marion, and you can hear this game right here on AM and FM KCII with pregame at 7 and kickoff at 7:30, the one to count on for today’s local sports coverage is AM and FM KCII and KCIIradio.com.