Washington amassed 416 yards of total offense and waltzed to a 40-7 victory at Reed Field last Friday night against Purcell.
The No. 1 ranked Warriors struck early and often taking a 33-0 lead into the halftime locker room.
Warrior quarterback Major Cantrell was 12-18 for 224 yards and three touchdowns.
Seniors Cole Scott and Brayden Arthur combined to rush for 150 of the team’s 192 yards. Scott scored on runs of eight and three yards in the first quarter and scooted in from five yards out in the second period.
Cantrell hooked up with Mason Singletary for the first of his three touchdown tosses, a 43 yard effort in the second quarter.
Near the end of the first half Cantrell found Nate Roberts in the end zone for an 11 yard touchdown. Cantrell hit Cooper Alexander for a 29 yard touchdown to begin the fourth quarter and close out the Warrior scoring.
Junior Ben Vaughn led the tackling charts with 10 stops. Naithen Spaulding finished with eight tackles and Hudson Howard had seven tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Jake Coles finished with six tackles against the Dragons while Hayden Milner had four tackles and a quarterback sack.
Junior Cole Beller had three tackles to go along with a pair of pass interceptions.
“That was Ben Vaughn’s third game in a row with double digit tackles,” head coach Brad Beller said. “He’s so good that people have been game-planning him so he is making a lot of tackles out in space.
“Hayden Milner, Naithen Spaulding, Nathan Rainey and Wyatt Denton all played unbelievable,” Beller said. “They shut down the run and the pass.”
Beller also praised the play of Cole Beller and Jaxon Hendrix for their play in the defensive secondary.
“And two of our unsung heroes are our cornerbacks Tanner Olson and Marlon Moore,” the coach said. “Those two guys do a great job. They don’t have a ton of stats that jump off the page but they played really well the other night.
“Overall, it was a really good team effort. Purcell schemed our option pretty well. We did a good job of executing throughout the game.”
Beller said the offense was jump-started by the running of Cole Scott and Brayden Arthur.
“They laid the foundation in the run game,” the coach said. “I thought our offensive line controlled the front line and that opened up our passing.
“Major did a great job of getting the ball to our wide receivers and tight ends,” Beller said of Nate Roberts, Cooper Alexander, Mason Singletary and Cage Morris. “They all caught at least two passes in the game.”
This Friday the undefeated Warriors travel to Comanche for a 7 p.m. kick off with the Indians.
The Indians will operate out of the spread on offense and try to set up their passing attack.
“They have a strong, solid running back who they try to get to the edge,” Beller said. “They like to throw the ball deep. That’s where they make their money.”
Comanche will base out of a four man front on defense.
“They are very multiple moving their linebackers and defensive backs around a lot,” the coach said. “They try to take the short game away and use their athletic defensive end. They play man-to-man coverage trying to get you to hold onto the ball a little longer so they can get to you.
“We’ve got to get the ball in space offensively with our pass routes and run game,” Beller said. “On defense we have to stay home and not get sucked up and eliminate the big plays through the air.”
Washington Head Coach Brad Beller nominated Major Cantrell as the Offensive Player of the Week. Cantrell was 12-18 for 224 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Nominated as the Offensive Lineman of the Week was Caleb Bruce, who graded out at 86 percent against Purcell last Friday night.
Getting the nod as the Defensive Player of the Week was Ben Vaughn with 10 tackles.
Naithen Spaulding was nominated as the Defensive Lineman of the Week. He had eight tackles, two for losses and a quarterback sack.
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