In one of the biggest rematches in the state, the Washington Demons travel to Pella tonight to take on the Dutch in the district quarter finals and a chance to go to the state semi-finals at the UNI Dome.
In their last meeting these two teams battled in just the second week of the season, with Pella getting the win 14-7 despite Washington knocking on the door of the end-zone and maybe an even more manageable first down.
Despite being undefeated, Pella only out ranks the Demons in class 3A in passing yards, solo tackles for a loss, field goals and interceptions.
In the game Washington will have a full speed Alex Coker, who suffered from a slight injury in week two of the season. He brings with him 1,301 yards and 23 touchdowns, but the Dutch have more to worry about than just Coker, as the Demons could go to Daryn Seibelius on the ground, Tanner Knupp or Carl Sivels, and if any of them were to get injured Bryce Rickey and Jacob Hennigan have taken enough snaps that filling in would be easy.
If Washington struggles on the ground, the air game has been working for them as well with Seibelius going 10-15 for 102 yards and a touchdown in the game against Oskaloosa.
The defense for Washington may be the most improved since week two. Allowing just two touchdowns and three scores from Williamsburg to tonight’s game, and adding Garrett Covington and Tommy Peterson along side the rest of the defense has helped become a run eliminator, and a defender of the pass.
Pella is 11-0 and went into halftime with Williamsburg last week tied at zero’s before getting the 14-0 win. On offense Noah Clayberg is the guy the Demons will need to spy on, getting the only two touchdowns against Williamsburg, he is the leading rusher and the quarterback. He has 1,245 yards on the ground and 21 touchdowns, the next closest is six.
Defensively Pella will look to Nathan Clayberg and Mason Van Gorp to stop the Demon advance, both with 60 plus tackles on the season.
Demon head coach Randy Schrader said the key to tonight’s game is controlling their defensive line.
“The key for us is our tackles controlling their defensive tackles, and that will be Carter Hessletine and Craig Lillie taking on 52 and 54 and we’ve challenged those guys all week long to just to play their football. They are both great football players and we know that they are capable of doing their job and we know that they are capable of doing the job,” Schrader said. “That will be the key, if we can get those two guys slowed down and and get out guys on the edge and get inside, then we have a chance to be competitive tonight.”
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