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Practice makes perfect for Demons

WASHINGTON — There is a reason sayings come to prominence. The Washington Demons proved an adage true Friday at Case Field in a 62-12 shellacking of Oskaloosa High School’s football team — Practice makes perfect.

Washington offensive coordinator Don Miksch said, “Because we had a great week of practice, it would not have mattered what play we ran, we were ready to go. We had a sharp, crisp week of offensive practices.”

Washington quarterback Luke Turner said, “I definitely think that good things happen to people that work hard. We were challenged at practice and we answered the call.”

Washington head coach James Harris said, “We we’re clicking on all cylinders on offense. We spent a lot of time in practice on that.”

The Demons never punted, scored on drives of 11 plays, five, four, one, seven and one to build a 42-12 halftime lead, then scored on their first offensive play of the second half to start the continuous clock. Luke Turner found four different receivers (Wyatt Stout, Spencer Sotelo, Zacary Stout, Ethan Hunt) for touchdowns and ran for two himself.

“The receivers made great plays and that’s all you can ask for,” said Turner, who was 9 for 12 passing for 257 yards and rushed nine times for 144 yards.

Everyone made great plays as backup quarterback Trashaun Willis went 2 for 3 and threw a touchdown pass to Jacob Miller.

There was a foundation upon which it was all built and their names are Ryan Friese, Jadon Crawford, Lucas Ellis. Kael Adam and Roy Carter. They are otherwise known as the starting offensive line.

“The offensive line worked incredibly hard all week and it showed,” Turner said.

“Last week (against Marion), we struggled with some things we were not prepared for, so this week we prepared well and we said we were going to be good upfront,” Miksch said. “If we do that, the rest of the game will take care of itself. Tonight, we will go as the O-line goes. The O-line dictated that we were going to score a bunch.”

Wyatt Stout capped the opening 81-yard, 11-play drive by barreling in from the 4 and Hunt caught the conversion pass for an 8-0 lead with 8 minutes, 4 seconds left in the first quarter.

Turner’s 30-yrd run was the key play of the five-play, 73-yard drive that made the score 15-0 with 3:56 to go in the first.

Oskaloosa ran for a 62-yard TD three plays later but it was canceled due to offsetting penalties. The Indians eventually scored to get within 15-6, but Turner went 43 yards on the first play after the kickoff, then completed a TD pass on third-and-5 from the 16.

After Hunt returned a punt 20 yards to midfield, Sotelo caught a TD pass on the only play of the drive for a 29-6 lead with 5:36 before halftime.

The visitors responded with a quick strike of their own completing a 58-yard TD bomb to get within 29-12 4:32 before the half.

An onside kick attempt failed and the Demons went used seven plays to go 45 yards, the last 31 on Zac Stout’s TD catch. It was 35-12 with 1:45 left in the half.

The Indians went from their own 22 to the Demons 44 before Kasen Bailey intercepted a pass on the 17. A motion penalty put the line of scrimmage at the 12. Turner launched a pass that Oskaloosa tipped at midfield, but Hunt caught the carom five yards beyond the nearest defender and scored with 23 seconds left to make it 42-12 at intermission.

“Coach Miksch drew that play up, where it tips off a defender’s hands and goes deep for a touchdown,” Harris laughed.

Oskaloosa went three-and-out on the first possession of the second half. Turner returned the punt 25 yards, then ran up the middle behind the huge hole created by the offensive line on first-and-10 for a 49-12 lead.

“Luke took some ownership on mistakes he made last week and we were just ready to go,” Miksch said.

Bryan Martin picked up a fumble and went 45 yards for a TD and an interception by Lucas Kroll shut down the Indians in the fourth quarter.

“We did not play fundamental defense,” Oskaloosa coach Jake Jenkins said. “We need to find a way to respond.”

Washington has reversed its 0-2 start last season with a 2-0 record. The Demons play at Iowa City Liberty (2-0) Friday.