WASHINGTON — The past is prologue was a Shakespeare line that implied everything that came before doesn’t matter because a new and glorious future awaits.
Third-ranked Washington’s past with Keokuk’s football team has yielded nine wins in 11 games after the Oct. 9 68-8 win at Keokuk. The Demons are hosting the Chiefs Friday at Case Field and have a glorious future mapped out that includes a trip to the Class 3A state finals.
The only way to get there is to win one game at a time, not future ones that haven’t yet been scheduled. The winners of Friday’s playoff games will not know their destination or opponent until new pods are released Saturday at noon.
“We need to understand that every week of practice needs to be sharp because there is no next week if you lose,” WHS coach James said. “If we stay committed and focused, I believe we can compete for and win a state championship.”
Keokuk’s strength is its offense but Washington is third in Class 3A in total touchdowns.
Keokuk’s chief weapon is four-year starting quarterback Corey Skinner.
“He is really dangerous in the run game and can make all the throws,” Harris said.
Skinner is tied for 10th in 3A with 23 touchdowns. Who is he tied with, but Washington’s Trashaun Willis.
Skinner is sixth in 3A in all-purpose yards (134 carries for 1025 rushing, 12 TDs, 62-for-112 for 839 passing, 11 TDs with two interceptions), but against the Demon defense he had 119 yards passing and a negative five yards rushing. Skinner was 12-of-18 while Willis only attempted 12 passes, completing seven for more than double the yards (261) and triple the TDs (3-1).
Skinner’s targets, seniors Anthony Potratz, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, and Callum Tackes, 6-2, 225, combined for 10 catches and 103 yards against Washington and Potratz scored the Chiefs only TD on a reception. Washington had four receivers with at least 50 yards (Spencer Sotelo 71, Lucas Kroll 53, Ethan Patterson 62, Bryan Martin 63).
“Now it’s time to take the next step,” Harris said. “We need to stay hungry and humble.”