Seniors Devin Orr at quarterback and Lance Spaulding at running back proved to be a one-two punch that helped Washington pin a 38-8 defeat on the visiting Purcell Dragons last Friday night at Reed Field.
After a Purcell turnover, the Dragon defense limited the Warriors to a 26 yard Kaden Dubois field goal to open the scoring.
Spaulding broke at least three tackles on his 70 yard touchdown run that stretched Washington’s lead to 10-zip.
Spaulding rushed 22 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He scored his second on a six yard burst in the fourth period.
It looked like it was going to be 10-0 at halftime but Washington got one more shot with one second left on the clock in the first half.
Orr took advantage of the opportunity and hit Kobe Scott with a 47 yard scoring strike giving the Warriors breathing room at 17-0 at intermission.
Washington stretched the lead to 24-0 before Purcell quarterback Kody Kroth hit Mojo Browning with a hook and ladder that eventually went to Addison Love. Purcell made the two point conversion cutting the lead to 24-8 but an Orr one yard touchdown run and a 36 yard touchdown pass to Ethan Olson sealed the deal for Washington, now 2-0 and ranked No. 3 in Class 2A.
“Lance ran extremely well,” Warriors Head Coach Brad Beller said. “He ran with a purpose. For the most part our offensive line blocked well but when they did make a mistake it seemed like Lance would make someone miss or run through a tackle. He was a one-man horse.”
Spaulding rushed 16 times for 150 yards and a score in the first half alone.
“We had so many penalties in the first half. That and dropped passes kept stalling our drives but Lance kept us afloat,” the coach said.
Beller said Orr started the game going 2-8 passing but settled in and completed six of his next eight and finished with 181 yards through the air and two touchdowns.
Beller noted his offensive line improved over the first week.
“I was pleased with the improvement,” Beller said. “And Purcell’s front seven are much better than the week before and that’s not saying anything against Hobart.”
The linemen Beller was referring to were Justin Simmons, Logan Lile, Conner Bruce, Rope Scott, Luke Steele, Austin Smith and Seth Tague.
Beller was also high on the play of his defensive secondary.
“Our front seven always seem to get all the praise because of how well we stop the run,” Beller said. “But I was very, very pleased with our secondary.
“We tried a lot of different things and put a lot on their plate,” he continued. “We only had a couple of busts.”
Beller praised the play of Kobe Scott, Graham Schovanec, Emitt Wilk, Ethan Olson, and Orr.
Senior Alberto Aguirre was a game changer in the defensive line making 10 tackles and getting credit for a pair of sacks.
“He moved from outside linebacker to defensive end and has just thrived in that move,” Beller said.
“Chase Allison played a great game at linebacker for us. He is by far the most consistent player on defense as far as stopping the run and in pass coverage. He does the little things right. He started last year as a wide-eyed sophomore. Now he is very steady. He plays hard and practices hard. He had a very solid night Friday.”
Allison finished with seven tackles against the Dragons.
Up next for the No. 3 ranked Warriors is a road trip to square off with the always tough Marlow Outlaws.
Kickoff with the 1-1 Outlaws is ticketed for 7 p.m.
Marlow lost to 5A Chickasha, who Beller believes will be a playoff team, and defeated Cache 20-7 last week.
“They actually shut out Cache, who was ranked in the top 10 in 4A. Cache scored on defense,” Beller said.
“They are the most complete non-district foe I’ve seen in the last five years,” Beller continued. “They are better in all facets whether it’s running, throwing, defending the run, defending the pass or on special teams.”
The Outlaws are very multiple on offense.
Their sets range from two tight ends to one tight end. Sometimes they have a fullback and will spread things out.
Marlow bases out of a 4-2 on defense.
The key for a Warrior victory is to match their physicality and intensity, according to Beller.
Head coach Brad Beller nominated Devin Orr as the Offensive Player of the Week.
Orr was 8-16 passing for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed seven times for 33 yards and a touchdown.
The Offensive Lineman of the Week nominee is Logan Lile, who graded out at 93 percent against Purcell.
Beller nominated Alberto Aguirre as the Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Aguirre made 10 tackles against Purcell and was credited with two sacks.
Chase Allison got the nod as the Defensive Player of the Week.
He made seven stops against the Dragons.