The alumni are back and the king and queen will be in attendance, but homecoming may be off the radar for tonight’s Demon football game as they take on undefeated in the District Williamsburg, with the winner taking over the top spot in the district.
Washington won big at Keokuk last week, shutting out the Chiefs. Despite going 1-5 against Keokuk, Daryn Seibelius is 16-47 with 258 yards, four touchdowns and one pick on the season, he also has 263 yards on the ground with three touchdowns. The top rusher for the Demons is Alex Coker with 493 yards and nine touchdowns, while Carl Sivels is second with 273 yards and four touchdowns. Tanner Knupp leads the receiving core with 72 yards on six catches and one touchdown.
On defense the Demons will need the Knupp Duo of Jeff and Tanner to continue to be consistant, as they lead in tackles with 72 combined, while Garrett Covington and Brad Skubal may be the hottest defenders right now rising up the list with the past two weeks performances.
Quigley is 26-27 for PAT’s, the only one missed was a block that was off a bad snap and hold, and he is a perfect 1-1 in field goals, while the return game for the Demons didn’t set off any fireworks at Keokuk, but is still one of the best in the state.
Williamsburg comes in with one loss to Grinnell 27-20, but in district play has a point differential of 146 points over their opponents.
Jacob Donohoe is back for his senior year at quarterback, going 43-84 so far this year with 762 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. On the ground, the Raiders look to Nick Spratt who leads the team in rushing with 336 yards and seven touchdowns, while three other players including Donohoe have 172 yards or more. Aaron Schultz is the top receiver and the favorite target with 265 yards on 17 catches and eight touchdowns.
On defense Schultz leads the way in tackles with 40, and is followed by Jacob Lehmkuhl with 38. Schultz also has three interceptions two of which he has returned for six points. On PAT’s Andrew Wichmann is 26-30, and he is 2-3 in field goals with a 38 yard long one. Both on kickoff returns and punt returns, each player is averaging about 25 yards a return, with both punt return men having a touchdown.
Demon head coach Randy Schrader said tonight’s game is about the mental aspect of handling homecoming and the Williamsburg, Washington rivalry.
“It really is the mental part, I’m not worried about the physical part of the game, we are relatively healthy, we’re in good condition, and they are healthy at Williamsburg and they’re in great condition, and I tell our kids, ‘You put your self in a position to play a game of this magnitude this early in the season,’ and I mean the stands are going to be full, it’s homecoming, there are alumni reunions, Williamsburg is going to travel well, it’s just going to be an electric atmosphere tonight and they just need to enjoy the moment, and coaches need to enjoy the moment and you go out, you play hard, you do the things your supposed to do, you take care of the football, you’re going to give yourself a chance to walk off the field with a smile on your face and go to the dance on Saturday night and have a great time,” Schrader said.
Williamsburg and Washington play tonight at Case field at 7:30, 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.