Cole Beller’s big play in the second period sucked the wind out of Lindsay and opened the flood gates for a 42-6 district victory.
Washington was nursing a 7-love lead over the host Leopards last Thursday night when Beller stepped in front of a pass and returned the interception 22 yards for a touchdown.
“That really sealed the deal for us,” head coach Brad Beller said. “We gained all the momentum after that play.”
The coach said he was “really proud” of the defense.
“We were able to hold Lindsay to 5.2 yards per play,” Beller said.
The Leopards were very balanced in the contest rushing for 142 yards and passing for 141 yards.
“But we were able to limit their success,” the coach said.
Ben Vaughn and Hayden Milner were in the Leopard backfield about as much as the Lindsay offensive backs.
Vaughn registered four tackles for loss and had one quarterback sack in seven total tackles. Out of five tackles for Milner, two were behind the line of scrimmage while Jaxon Hendrix was in on six tackles.
“Ben Vaughn and Hayden Milner were a wrecking crew the entire night,” Beller said. “They were in their backfield shutting down drives. The interception for a touchdown broke their back.”
Keller Howard, Cole Beller and Jake Coles each registered four tackles. One of Coles’ was behind the line of scrimmage.
On the offensive side of the ball Cole Scott rushed the pigskin 15 times for 100 yards and one touchdown. Hudson Howard gained 45 yards on five carries and had a 20 yard touchdown scamper.
“They are a really good one-two punch,” Beller said. “They’ve been making big time plays in the last several weeks.”
Up next for the No. 1 ranked Warriors is a 7 p.m. kickoff at home against the Purcell Dragons who are coming off a 14-6 loss at the hands of CCS last Thursday night.
“In their spread offense they’ve been using their tight ends and H backs at times,” Beller said. “We’ve got to be ready for their personnel groupings.
“Their running back Boston Knowles is a good football player and their quarterback, Brody Galyean, is really good throwing the ball and scrambling around. When those two get going they are playing their best.”
When the Warriors have the ball they can expect Purcell to be in a 3-4 defensive set.
“Coach Scott does a really good job of disguising what they have called. We’ve got to be disciplined because they are so good defensively,” Beller said.
The key, Beller said, is for the Warriors to sustain drives and be good on third down.
“On the flip side we’ve got to be good defensively on first and third down because when they stay balanced they are really tough,” he said.
Washington Head Coach Brad Beller nominated Cole Scott as the Offensive Player of the Week.
Beller nominated Caleb Bruce as the Offensive Lineman of the Week. Bruce graded out at 87 percent against Lindsay.
Getting the nod as the Defensive Player of the Week was Ben Vaughn with seven tackles including four for losses.
Nominated as the Defensive Lineman of the Week was Hayden Milner. Milner had five tackles including two for losses. He had one quarterback sack and forced a fumble.
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