By Matt Bryant, the JOURNAL
The Washington football team punched its ticket to the playoffs with last week?s win over Oskaloosa. This week, on the road against Ft. Madison, the Demons took the opportunity to tune up with a 63 ? 15 victory over the Bloodhounds.
?I was really proud of our guys Friday night. It was a potential letdown spot, but our guys didn?t let that happen,? said Washington Head Coach Garrison Carter, ?I thought we came out and played a fantastic game. It was really good to see us continue to fire on all cylinders as we head into the playoffs.?
Washington took control early, forcing a three and out on Ft. Madison?s opening possession. Following the Bloodhound punt, Demon quarterback Luke Turner quickly connected with Jaivonn Willis for a 45-yard touchdown strike with just over two minutes gone from the game. After another Ft. Madison punt, Turner once again went to the air and found Dalton Myers for a 21-yard score.
Ryan Reighard, who had been playing exclusively on defense since he suffered a broken arm in week 2 against Mid-Prairie, returned to the quarterback spot midway through the first quarter. The Demons quickly drove down the field and finished with a Reighard 16-yard touchdown run.
Turner and Willis connected for their second pitch and catch of the game a few minutes later to give the Demons a 28 ? 0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Washington scored three more times in the second quarter, highlighted by Tanner Murphy returning a Ft. Madison fumble 35-yards for a touchdown. The Demons went into halftime with a comfortable 49-0 lead.
?Defensively, I love the speed and physicality our kids are playing with. They are playing with a lot of confidence right now and that is huge heading into the playoffs.? said Carter.
The second half started with a 60-yard Jack Redlinger touchdown scamper to put the Demons up 56-0. Then the Demons emptied the bench and gave the depth a little more game experience.
Washington scored once more, and Ft. Madison scored twice in the fourth quarter to end the game.
Turner went 8 of 12 for 142 yards and Redlinger rushed for 163 yards to lead the Demons. Washington finished with 526 total yards for the game.
?There were a ton of great individual performances, but have to start with the offensive line. For the 4th straight game we were over 500 yards of total offense and 50 points.? said Carter.
Murphy led the potent defensive attack with 11 tackles including two sacks.