Washington didn’t put up big numbers with respect to yards gained against Hobart last Friday night because they didn’t have to.
Thanks to a superb defensive effort, the Warriors opened the 2019 gridiron campaign with a 42-7 thrashing over the Hobart Bearcats.
Lance Spaulding scored on runs of 13 and four and Devin Orr tossed a pair of touchdown passes, one a 28 yarder to Rhett Vaughn and a 26 yarder to Jaxon Sanchez.
Chase Allison loped in from 45 yards out and Jadon Sanchez closed out the scoring on a four yard jaunt.
Thanks to good kick returns and the defense setting the table with outstanding field position Washington only ran 33 plays.
They rushed for 200 yards and threw for 90 yet scored 42 points.
“Our defense played great,” head coach Brad Beller said. “They gave us good field position.
The Warrior offense may need to send a thank you note for the defense setting them up with a short field all night long.
“Our first two scoring drives were really good drives but after that it was just real quick scores,” Beller said.
“We need to continue to work and be as efficient as we can be passing the football. I think we did that until we quit throwing (with the big lead).
Beller played three quarterbacks in the game who combined for a 4-7 passing evening for 90 yards and the two Orr touchdowns.
The offensive production was spread out with 11 different Warriors touching the football during the game.
Chase Allison and Jadon Sanchez paced the Warriors with 11 tackles apiece.
“I was very pleased with their performances along with the four defensive tackles that rotated during the game,” Beller said.
“Justin Simmons and Conner Bruce started the game but Austin Smith and Seth Tague rotated in,” Beller said. “They all played well, plugging the middle.”
Lance Spaulding rushed the pigskin eight times for 82 yards.
“We’re trying to keep him on a little bit of a pitch count early. We’re trying to keep him fresh when we can.”
Up next will be a visit by the Purcell Dragons, who also opened the season with a victory.
After watching them on film Beller said it appears the Dragons are really comfortable in their offensive system.
“You could tell they were confident and much improved up front,” Beller said. “The (Kody) Kroth kid reminds me of Baker Mayfield with his mannerisms and his throwing motion.
“He has a quick release and is very accurate. He has a strong arm. I’m very impressed with him.”
Beller said the Dragon receivers worked to get open.
“I was impressed with number one (Mojo Browning),” Beller continued. “He is fast and has solid hands.”
The Washington skipper said Purcell’s defense is aggressive.
“Their DBs don’t get beat or get out of position,” he noted. “They were pretty clean in a lot of areas.”
Washington Head Coach Brad Beller nominated Lance Spaulding as the Offensive Player of the Week. Spaulding rushed for 82 yards on eight carries and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Nominated as the Offensive Lineman of the Week was Logan Lile who graded out at 85.7 percent against Hobart.
Getting the nod as the Defensive Player of the Week Was Chase Allison, who made 11 tackles in the victory over Hobart.
Beller nominated Conner Bruce as the Defensive Lineman of the Week. He had three stops against the Bearcats.