Washington falls at Oskaloosa; SK,WACO triumph; Mid-Prairie loses

By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports


Washington lost its second high school football game Friday, falling on the road at Oskaloosa, 30-20.

?Coach Jake Jenkins and the Oskaloosa Indians executed a great game plan,? Washington head coach James Harris said. ?We did have some very positive things on offense to start the game as Luke Turner connected with Brady Knutson in the corner of end zone for a TD.?

The Demons trailed 10-7 after the first quarter and 24-7 at the half. It was 24-14 after the third quarter.

?We struggled defensively with some missed assignments early, which ended in giving up 24 points in the first half,? Harris said. ?We played better defensively in the second half forcing three turnovers, but the lack of execution with tackling led to their final score. The kids showed a ton of grit when blocking the final extra point.?

Tristin Westphal-Edwards led WHS defensively, getting on 13 tackles, including a sack. Turner finished with 137 yards rushing on 22 carries and was 11 of 24 passing for 196 yards. Brady Knutson caught four passes for 68 yards. Ethan Hunt had two receptions for 54 yards. Chase McDole caught two passes for 21 yards.

?The Demon offense played well in the second half with Luke Turner rushing and throwing for his second TD connecting with Cade Hennigan,? Harris said. ?We started slow, but never quit. The Demons are continuing to improve as a team under a rookie head coach. We look forward to our progress in the process moving into the district schedule.?

Turner and Hennigan each made an interception. Tristan Allender recovered a fumble.

Sigourney-Keota 44, No. 3 Lynville-Sully 18

?We made so many strides from Week 1 to Week 2 on all sides of the ball,? SK coach Jared Jensen said. ?Obviously getting Carson Crawford back this week was a huge plus for our team?s morale.?

Crawford rushed 27 times for 285 yards and two touchdowns to lead the visitors. JD Stout added 99 yards on 18 carries and three TDs. Brady Duwa had one TD on five carries and 61 yards. Zech Boender led the Cobras? defense with 11 tackles.

?We played as one unit and continued to battle all night long through the ups and downs throughout the game,? Jensen said. ?We had a ton of kids step up and make huge plays on both sides of the ball and special teams. A night like tonight brought our team as close together as we have ever been.  We are on the right track and will be ready for next week at Albia.?

WACO 59, English Valleys 40

The Warriors took a 19-0 lead on the visitors and increased it to 40-18 by the end of the third quarter.

?We had a very good start in the first quarter,? WACO coach Chad Edeker said. ?Both offense and defense played well. Jumping out to the 19-0 lead was big for us. EV had scored 144 points in the first two weeks and we really wanted to slow that down. I think we did a good job of doing that in the first half. They were able to gain a little momentum in the second half, but our offense was able to help our defense out.?

Nik Coble was 13 of 21 passing for 215 yards and four TDs, three to Wyatt Harbison, who caught six passes for 92 yards. Colton Horak caught seven balls for 123 yards and a TD. Elijah McGohan rushed 14 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns.

?We had a lot of contributions,? Edeker said. ?Braden Hammond and Kade McKinney led us versus the run. we knew they were going to line up and run straight at us. Our front five on defense did a good job of taking control of the line of scrimmage early in the game. I thought Jaden Williams and Colton Horak did a really good job of keeping run plays in front of them and not allowing big plays.? Hammond led the WACO defense with 13.5 tackles. Williams had 10 and Horak eight.

?Offensively Wyatt had a great game,? Edeker said. ?He had our first three TDs and caught the ball really well. We also finally got Elijah going in the second half to establish a running game.?

WACO (2-1) plays at No.5 New London Friday.

?We just need to keep improving on fundamentals and not make mental mistakes,? Edeker said.

Pekin 35, Mid-Prairie 7

The Golden Hawks ran into a solid defense at Packwood.

Jack Baker and Justin Schwartz each caught a pass while Jaron Utzinger led the Mid-Prairie ground game with 62 yards on seven carries.

Mid-Prairie (0-2)  hosts Wilton Friday.