Demons hope to charge past Lightning

Union photo by Doug Brenneman

The Washington defense runs down an Oskaloosa runner last week.
Union photo by Doug Brenneman The Washington defense runs down an Oskaloosa runner last week.

IOWA CITY — Washington will have its hands full with Friday’s high school football opponent.

The Demons travel to Iowa City to face Liberty. Both teams are ranked this week, Liberty at No. 9 and Washington is tied with Davenport Assumption at No. 10.

It is early in the season for a battle of ranked teams, but it should reveal who has the best chance in the postseason.

Both teams are unbeaten after last week when Liberty downed Waterloo East 14-0 and Washington walloped Oskaloosa 62-12. Liberty escaped Iowa City High 23-20 in the first week of the season while Washington downed Marion 27-6

The Demons will need a comparable effort this week.

On the season, Liberty quarterback Drake Woody is 12 for 23 for 195 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

The Lightning like to strike with their ground game. Max Tafolla has 285 yards on 35 carries with two touchdowns. That is an average of 8.1 yards per carry. Kaleb Williams has 159 yards on 28 carries for an average of 5.7 yards per tote. Woody only has four rushes on the season.

Williams is the leading receiver with seven catches for 80 yards. Ben Houselog has three receptions for 67 yards and a TD.

Williams is the leading tackler as well with 17.5 stops. Brian Lively has three tackles for loss including two sacks.

The Demons will counter with a more balanced offense. Washington has gained 366 yards through the air on 20 of 36 passes with five TDs and two interceptions. The ground game has churned out 403 yards on 59 carries, an average of 6.8 yards per rush. Wyatt Stout has a touchdown run of 47 yards among his three scores and Luke Turner has a long of 55 among his four TD runs.

Seven different receivers have caught at least one pass and five different receivers have scored on an aerial TD. Ethan Hunt has seven catches for 138 yards, almost an average of 20 yards a catch.

On defense, the Demons have caused five turnovers.

Jace Buck is the leading tackler with 12 stops including three for loss. Jarrett Bender is the team leader in solo tackles for loss with four.

It will be an exciting night for football at the state’s newest school.