Washington Evening Journal
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Washington, IA 52353
WASHINGTON — Things didn’t go as planned for Washington on the football field last week as the Demons suffered their first loss of the season from the hands of Clear Creek Amana.
The good news for Washington (2-1) is there’s a lot of football left to be played and they will get a chance to hand Fort Madison (3-0) its first loss of the season come Friday night on the road.
Despite the 31-6 loss to the Clippers last week, it’s been an all around great start to the season for Washington.
The Demons held off Burlington in week one 21-14 and then won big against Mt. Pleasant, 54-20, in week two.
As for Fort Madison, the Bloodhounds have yet to be beaten.
While they haven’t put up big numbers in their first three games, the Bloodhounds have pulled out three victories.
Fort Madison downed Keokuk 22-13 in its opening game, then followed that up with a victory over West Burlington, 17-6, and a field goal win against Fairfield on the road, 16-13.
There are a plethora of key players that will be difference makers for each side come Friday night.
Leading the Demons on the offensive end with be Ethan Patterson. So far this season, Patterson has completed 16 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns.
In the rushing department, Tayven Stuart leads the way. Stuart has carried the ball 53 times for 351 yards and seven touchdowns.
Patterson has also done some damage on the ground, rushing 32 times for 198 yards. Jude Brown rounds out the Demon rushing attack with 90 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries.
Patterson’s main target is Brown. Brown has a team-high seven receptions thus far, tallying 98 yards and a touchdown.
Luke Beenblossom, Stuart and Evan Van Der Molen all have three receptions on the year and a touchdown. The three all have under 50 yards receiving.
Defensively, James Strabala has accumulated the most tackles. Strabala has 26.5 total tackles, which includes 14 solo and two tackles for a loss. DaShaun Westphal-Edwards follows with 21.5 total tackles, tallying 15 solo. Edwards also has been in the oppositions backfield a lot so far, with three sacks and seven tackles for a loss to his name.
For the Bloodhounds, Aidan Boyer will be under center. Boyer has thrown for 457 yards and four touchdowns on 41 completions.
On the ground Teague Smith is the lead carrier. Smith has 233 yards rushing on 50 carries and two touchdowns. Boyer follows with 38 carries and 67 yards on the ground.
Leading the Bloodhounds in receiving is Henry Wiseman. Wiseman has 172 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions. Nathaniel Swigart follows with 106 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions. Kane Williams has 14 receptions for 95 yards and Leif Boeding has 10 catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, Hayden Segoviano leads with 19 total tackles, along with two sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss.
As of late, the Demons have had the Bloodhounds number, winning nine of the last 10 meetings. Fort Madison edge Washington last season 23-19.
Friday nights game is set to begin at 7:30 at Fort Madison High School.