WASHINGTON — One can’t go broke making a profit. While it is a saying about the stock market, it describes football players of the Washington Demons and one in particular.
An athlete born with an arm that ends short of his elbow because of amniotic band syndrome would be considered a success if he made any sports team, but Trashaun Willis excels in most sports. All excuses are invalid to him. He has a disability but he is not disabled.
“You don’t tell Trashaun what he can or can’t do,” Washington head coach James Harris said.
Willis capped an unbeaten regular season that had the team ranked at No. 3 as the Demons quarterback being named the Offensive MVP of Class 3A District 5.
“District champs for the first time since 2013, that was the best part of the season for me,” Willis said. “The single best moment was either my pick-6 against Bettendorf (19-10 win) or just the satisfaction of beating Solon (33-18).”
Special moments are more appreciated after working through adversity.
“The most difficult part all season was just all the injuries and people being quarantined,” Willis said, “but we had a bunch of young guys rise up this year.”
Willis’ profile rose to prominence across the country after scoring six touchdowns in a 41-27 win at Mt. Pleasant.
“I enjoyed all of the support I was getting from all the national attention,” Willis said. “That stuff means a lot to any athlete like me, so I really did enjoy it.”
Overtime, a website with the tagline, “for the prolific prep, it’s undefeated or bust,” contacted Willis about doing a series.
“It is a very popular brand that wanted to do a small series on me toward the end of the season, but I didn’t want to put any pressure on the team going into the playoffs,” Willis said.
Willis has been talking to a few colleges such as St. Ambrose, Coe, Loras, William Penn, Lamar University, and others but is undecided on the future. The Demons need his help to defend a Southeast Conference championship in basketball