The Washington Demons continue their path to the state football championship tonight when they host Oskaloosa in the district semi-finals.
Washington took care of business with Carlisle last week in the rain, but this week face their first team with a winning record coming into the game since Williamsburg.
These two teams are both in the top three in 3A in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, but last week Oskaloosa took a hit to their team with their top running back, and the top running back in 3A Andrew Landgrebe was allegedly hurt and cannot play tonight.
Washington will bring their running game full force, led by Alex Coker who is sitting eighth in rushing yards on the season with 1,242 and adds 21 touchdowns to that. Daryn Seibelius has not thrown a lot this year but as of late when he has, he has connected, going 16-23 with six touchdowns in his last four games.
The Demon defense has been there to help the Demons as well, still not allowing a first half touchdown for four weeks now.
With the injury to Oskaloosa’s main running back they do have some backups capable of damage, as well as an offensive line that opened the holes for him to get through. Nate VanVeldhuizen has 509 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Mason Wisee has 381 yards and four touchdowns. The passing game would be rare to see tonight, as Jesse Van Dalen is just 25-75 for 357 yards, two touchdowns and seven interceptions on the year.
As far as defense goes, Wisse is the main guy with 125 tackles, the next closest is Riley Coniglio with 73 tackles on the year.
Washington Demon head football coach Randy Schrader said the defensive line has to be as, or more physical as the Oskaloosa offensive line to keep the running game at bay.
“Can our kids match the physical aspect of their offensive line, I think that’s going to be the key. We know we’re physical up-front, we do a great job, but they are going to come at us every play, they are pretty relentless, and so we have to match that intensity and be just as relentless as they are,” Schrader said. ” Last week I thought our first staff against Carlisle was as good as some of our d-linemen have played. I think Tama Leutele and Tommy Peterson absolutely dominated that football game inside, so if we can get those two guys motor running again this week and then switch it over to the offensive line and get to the second level and give our backs a little crease, I think we’ve got a chance to be competitive tonight.”
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