When Washington travels to Lexington Friday night a District Championship will be on the line.
A Warrior victory and they are the outright champs and will be set to host two playoff games. A Lexington victory would create a three-way tie for the league title along with Millwood.
Kickoff for the big contest at Floyd West Field is set for 7 p.m.
No. 2 Washington, who comes in on a nine game winning streak, has basically been on cruise control since their 37-6 win over Millwood October 11.
Coach Brad Beller and the Warriors have been pointing toward this showdown for the last several weeks.
The 6-3 Bulldogs are excited about the prospects of sharing a part of the District Title.
“They are led by Jaylen Cottrell,” Beller said. “He makes them go as far as the big plays are concerned. He’s a really good football player. He’s big, strong and physical.”
Beller is also impressed with the Bulldog forward wall.
“They have a big, physical offensive line,” the coach continued. “They just do things right. And, they run enough stuff to keep you off balance. They force you to have to make adjustments and are good enough to make you pay. They are a very balanced team.”
Lexington operates out of a base 4-3 on defense.
“And they get downhill in a hurry,” Beller noted. “They’ve been the most physical team on the field this year. They run to the football extremely well and don’t give up the big plays. That jumps off the screen at you. They force teams to have to drive the football.”
Beller said the key for the Warriors is ball security.
“We must take care of the football and establish our ground game,” Beller said. “On defense we have to limit big plays and that includes big plays in the passing game and the run game. That is vital.”
The Warriors were in scoring mode when they shellacked CCS last Friday, 57-0.
It didn’t take Washington long to get on the busy scoreboard.
Senior quarterback Devin Orr scored on Washington’s very first play on offense on an 85 yard run.
That was the first of three touchdowns Orr would play a part in on the night.
He tossed touchdown passes of 36 yards to Kobe Scott and 14 yards to Rhett Vaughn.
Orr finished the night with 93 yards rushing on four attempts and was 4-6 passing for 81 yards.
“We haven’t been able to pass much because of the scores lately but Devin has been making the right reads and making some really good throws,” Beller said.
“I’m really proud of the way Devin ran the ball. That adds to the strength of our offense when he pulls it. It makes our offense much more diversified because everyone keys on Lance.”
Spaulding, who rushed 11 times for 84 yards, scored three times including a 46 yard punt return. Emitt Wilks also took a punt return to the house, a 38 yard return.
Freshman Isaiah Tyler closed out the scoring on a 14 yard run.
“That was the first time Lance didn’t get at least 100 yards all season,” Beller said. “They didn’t want him to get outside. I’m proud of him making those tough yards. All 84 yards came between the tackles.”
As prolific as the Warrior offense was the defense was equally up to the task.
CCS ran 65 offensive plays and finished with 65 total yards in the shutout loss.
“We played a very complete defensive game,” the coach confirmed.
Beller pointed out the stellar play of defensive ends Logan Lile and Alberto Aguirre.
“Neither of them seemed to get blocked,” Beller said. “They ran at them. They ran away from them trying to neutralize them.”
Instead, the duo made tackle after tackle.
“And when they didn’t, our linebacker crew did an excellent job,” Beller said of Chase Allison, Gavin Grimsey and Lance Spaulding.
“The way we’ve been stopping the run and forcing people to throw is a credit to those five players,” Beller said. “And our down linemen Justin Simmons and Conner Bruce have been clogging the middle, forcing double teams and allowing the linebackers to make plays. Their importance is very big for our success.”
Washington Head Coach Brad Beller nominated Devin Orr as the Offensive Player of the Week. Orr was 4-6 passing for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Logan Lile got the nod as the Offensive Lineman of the Week. He graded out at 96 percent against CCS.
Beller nominated Alberto Aguirre as the Defensive Lineman of the Week. He made seven tackles and had a quarterback sack.
Chase Allison was the nominee for Defensive Player of the Week.
Allison was credited with seven tackles last Friday night.