WASHINGTON — There is a saying in basketball that height can’t be taught. After West Delaware’s 47-14 win Friday over Washington at Case Field in a Class 3A third round playoff game, that saying could be adapted to heft can’t be taught. West Delaware boasted an offensive line with three guys that way over 298 pounds and two backs totaled 309 yards rushing behind those hefty lineman.
Fourth-ranked Washington trailed 21-0 at half, but got hyped in the locker room with speeches and emotion. A strip-sack by Carson Petlon on the Demons’ first offensive play of the second half was more than a turnover and led to a Hawk TD as Jared Voss went untouched into the end zone on a fourth-and-5 for a 28-0 lead with 9 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
“Our emotional fragility at that point was we needed to make a play, something to believe in,” Washington head coach James Harris said. “We still rose up and got (West Delaware) to a fourth down, but that score comes back to me because I ran a blitz inside, and he ran outside.”
It was the third Voss score, and he would add two more, accumulating 170 yards on 29 carries while completing 8-of-11 for 117 yards passing. Kyle Kelley had five catches for 77 yards. Wyatt Voelker rushed 22 times for 139 yards.
The Demons next possession fizzled with a turnover on downs. Seven plays later, it was 35-0.
The Demons (8-1) scored twice in the fourth quarter on two Willis passes, a 39-yarder to Wyatt Stout and a 51-yarder to Spencer Sotelo.
“They just out-physicaled us, that’s all there is to it,” Washington quarterback and linebacker Trashaun Willis said. “We tried it all.”
Willis was 8-for-19 for 130 yards and two interceptions. Stout had 61 yards on the ground, and Sotelo had four receptions for 86 yards.
The Demons second offensive play of the game was a turnover, but a Wilx Witthoft interception presented an opportunity to score first, but that chance ended on a turnover on downs.
“We came out with a lot of energy, but we can’t sustain it by shooting ourselves in the foot,” Harris said. “If we show all our cards early, we don’t have any curve balls left.”
Down 7-0, the game may have turned on the second play of the third Demon possession when Wyatt Stout had a 33-yard run to the Hawks 40. It was nullified by a phantom block in the back, An incomplete pass and a strip sack led to a punt. Lucas Kroll recovered a Hawks fumble one play later, but WHS went from first-and-10 to third-and-32 and punted. Of seven first-half Demon possessions, only one lasted more than four plays.
“They adjusted to our fronts well, they’re are a good football team,” Harris said. “I take 100 percent responsibility. I wish we would have done better.”
A lot of teams could have packed it in when the running clock started.
“I wish we could have represented ourselves better,” Harris said. “We have such a great bunch of kids.”
The Demons end a special season with a final record of 8-1. West Delaware moves to 10-1 and the next round at North Scott in a Class 3A state quarterfinal next week. North Scott defeated Davenport Assumption 13-10 by completing a touchdown pass with 9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.