The turnover bug has been a hitch in the git-a-long for the Washington Warriors this season and last Friday night at Frederick was no exception.
Three of the four Warriors turnovers last week in Tillman County led to 21 Bomber points in a 41-7 district set back.
Washington had its opportunities with quarterback Brock Harmon passing for 186 yards including a 43 yard touchdown pass to senior Cody Bratten for a third quarter touchdown.
And, the Warriors rushed for nearly 400 yards. The only problem Washington either was stopped or turned the ball over seven times inside the Bomber 35 yard line.
Frederick built a 20-0 halftime cushion before cruising to victory.
Head coach Brad Beller said even with the margin of loss there were some bright spots including the defensive play of sophomore Jake Massey at nickle back.
“He’s just one of many sophomores that are having to step up,” Beller said. “He made a lot of plays in the run game playing like a linebacker or a flat defender. He was all over the place.”
Beller said his defense played well on first and second down all night long.
“But then we’d give up a third down play or have a penalty that would keep drives alive. There were a couple of big plays and a couple of missed tackles. Other than that, as crazy as it sounds, we played pretty solid.
“But the whole game was crazy,” the coach said. “We had a pass go bouncing off one of our defenders that goes right into the arms of their receiver that was just laying on the ground. You couple stuff like that with their already potent offense and that’s what happens.”
Beller said he knows the overall picture looks like they gave up a bunch of points and didn’t score many but the good news is how hard his troupe fought.
Our kids fought for four quarters,” Beller said. “There’s a reason Frederick is a top five team and our kids fought to the final snap.
“It was also encouraging that we threw the ball better and had a chance for even more success,” he said.
Harmon was 11-20 for 187 yards and a touchdown.
“And the only thing that hurt us rushing the ball was the turnovers,” the coach said.
Zeke Zimmer finished the night with 123 yards on 17 carries and receivers Cooper Treadaway, Cody Bratten and Brady Kulbeth accounted for all the receiving yards.
“They all caught the ball well and worked their way into space against a really aggressive Frederick defense. They were getting open and getting to Brock’s face. The did a good job on that end,” Beller said.
On the defensive side of the ball, Zimmer led the way with 10 tackles. Massey was right on his heels with eight stops.
“Our defensive line didn’t have just a ton of tackles due to their linemen’s splits. They looked like Texas Tech, just really wide” Beller said. “It was hard to get a pass rush on them but our guys kept making the quarterback move around and make him have to get out of the pocket before he wanted to throw.”
Washington now 1-3 and 0-1 in district play hosts Hobart’s Bearcats Friday at Reed Field at 7:30 p.m.
Hobart lost last week at the hands of Lindsay, 58-41 and before that 50-0 against Alva.
But Beller reports the Bearcats will still line up in the power I and try to play physical on offense.
“They still use the double tight end set and are very disciplined,” Beller said. “But this year in addition to trying to play power football, they have diversified and will throw more.
“They will throw out of the double tight end I formation but will also line up in the gun and spread you out,” the coach confirmed.
Defensively, the Bearcats will operate out of a 3-4 and fly to the football as they have for years.
Beller said the key to a Warrior victory is simple.
“Take care of the football, especially inside the 20 yard line. And, two, get off the field defensively on third down. If we can come away with the little things we can turn them into big things,” the coach confirmed.
Head coach Brad Beller has nominated Brock Harmon as the Offensive Player of the Week for his 55 yards rushing and 186 yards passing against Frederick last Friday night.
Harmon was 11-20 throwing and had one touchdown pass.
The nominee for Defensive Player of the Week went to senior Zeke Zimmer.
Zimmer had 10 tackles in the game with Frederick.
The Offensive Linemen of the Week nominee is Chris Salazar, who graded out at 82 percent for the Warriors against Frederick.
Beller nominated Taylor Adkins as the Defensive Lineman of the Week. He had four tackles against Frederick.