After eight quarters of football this season, Washington hasn’t given up a single point.
After shutting Hobart out in the season opener, the Warriors backed that up with a 31-0 victory at Conger Field over the Purcell Dragons last Friday night.
Coach Brad Beller said Washington’s offensive line completely dominated the game with all scoring drives over 10 plays each.
The Warriors used a ball hogging offense that provided some defense of its own.
“The weather conditions made us have to play to our strength and that was our front line,” Beller said.
“I’ve been on the other end of that when the other team keeps the ball away from you. It’s frustrating,” he said.
“Our offensive line did a great job of controlling the pace of the game and the entire game with momentum,” Beller said.
That forward wall consists of tight end John Routt, tackles Logan Lile and Justin McKay, guards Conner Bruce and Justin Simmons and center Tyler Beller.
“Our fullback Gavin Grimsey also blocked well for us,” the coach said.
The benefactors of the excellent blocking were running backs Lance Spaulding and Chase Allison.
Spaulding found the end zone twice on runs of six and 31 yards in the opening quarter. The junior running back carried the mail 23 times for the Warriors for 183 yards.
Allison, just a sophomore, had nine carries for 52 yards including a three yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Kicker Kade Dubois closed out the first half scoring when he toed a 23 yard field goal.
The final score of the night came in the third stanza when senior quarterback Trevor Stuever connected with Marc Turbyfill for a touchdown through the air.
With the defense pitching its second shutout of the season, Beller said it was a team effort.
“I don’t have any one player that’s going to have great stats,” he said. “But I’ll tell you that Nathan Ladlee had a great game covering Jake Berrey. He stayed on top of him all night and forced Purcell to throw to the other side.”
To compliment Ladlee’s efforts on Berrey, Stuever had a pair of interceptions.
“Logan Lile had a great game on the defensive line,” Beller said.
Lile made six tackles against the Dragons including two for a loss.
“I feel like we are playing with great balance on defense,” Beller said. “We are stopping the run and at the same time not giving up the deep ball in the passing game.”
The Warriors can finally take the keys out of the bus this week when they have their home opener with the Marlow Outlaws.
Marlow has a pair of losses in their first two outings but those have come to larger schools. Chickasha and Cache both pinned a loss on the Outlaws.
“We will be their first game that’s not a Class 4A school,” Beller said. “So, we’ll have to be ready to go.”
The Outlaws employ the I-formation on offense and shift defensively from a 4-3 to a 5-2 on defense.
Beller said the key for a Warrior victory is to first protect the ball.
“We also have to wrap up when we are tackling because they do a good job of running the football.”
Coach Brad Beller nominated Logan Lile as the Defensive Lineman of the Week. Lile made six tackles including two for losses last Friday night.
The coach nominated Lile as the Offensive Lineman of the Week for his 94 percent performance against the Dragons.
Beller nominated Trevor Stuever as the Defensive Player of the Week.
Stuever made three tackles and picked off two passes last Friday night.
Nominated as the Offensive Player of the Week was running back Lance Spaulding.
Spaulding rushed the pigskin 23 times for 183 yards and a pair of touchdowns.