WASHINGTON — A goal as lofty as a state championship requires hard work, relentless work, disciplined work and team work. No one gets there alone, not in football. If one gets where they’re going, it’s because of the team.
The Class 3A District 5 Homecoming victory for fifth-ranked Washington Friday at Case Field over Fairfield by a 68-20 margin showcased the Demons’ team-first attitude.
The Fairfield team “started fast, moved the football, executed well, and then just made a couple of critical mistakes,” head coach Nate Weaton said. “Defense did a great job on the first offensive series, doing the right things out of the gate. Compounded mistakes on our end really swung the momentum to Washington, and we just couldn’t get it back.”
Jacob Miller initiated the momentum when he scored the first two of 12 touchdowns (nine by Demons, three by Trojans) in the game, going 55 yards on a punt return and 35 with an interception. Miller scored because of “great blocking that I had. All I had to do was hit the hole.”
“We use everyone’s talents, so if blocking can give Jacob or Spencer (Sotelo) just a little crease, good things happen because they are both dynamic players,” Washington head coach James Harris said. “I think our team is built on team principles.”
Wyatt Stout, first team all district last year, allowed other Demon running backs some carries. Javaughn Stuart had nine carries for 39 yards, Wilx Witthoft three for 24, Tayven Stuart three for 17. a
Stout “is such a team guy that he sat out to get healthier,” Demon assistant coach Don Miksch said. “It would be really easy for Wyatt to be selfish and say I want my reps, but we need him for the playoffs.” Stout had a goal of 1,000 yards rushing and he “very well could have had it.”
It can be special when an individual will put aside his personal desire for what the team desires.
“All the guys are that way and it makes it so easy to coach,” Miksch said.
Demon quarterback Trashaun Willis has garnered national attention for his play this season.
“Of course I like it, but I have other things to focus on here with my guys and they help me to remain humble,” said Willis, who accounted for four scores after six last week.
The story of Friday’s game is basically the touchdowns with successful two-point conversions after the first six by Washington and the final one by Fairfield. There were three first-quarter TDs.
* 8-0 — Miller’s return went from the left hash mark to the right, cut up field and then down the sideline to the end zone with 8 minutes, 8 seconds remaining.
* 16-0 — Miller’s interception and 35-yard return follows a similar path to the end zone with 4:49 to go.
* 24-0 — A 19-yard run by Trashaun Willis, then 12 yards, and six yards by Javaughn Stewart. On second-and-4, Willis fumbles the snap, picks it up, drifts left as he looks to pass, then unloads a bomb to Ethan Patterson in the end zone at 1:17.
Four second-quarter Washington scores:
* 32-0 — Eight-play, 58-yard drive with Willis bulling into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 2 at the 9:42 mark.
* 40-0 — Six-play, 48-yard drive with 21-yard Willis TD run to the right at 7:44.
* 48-0 — Two plays: Loss of 3, then Willis rumbles left 72 yards down the sideline for a score at 3:15.
* 55-0 — Lucas Kroll pilfers an interception and goes 45-yards for a TD 21 seconds before halftime,
Two second-half Washington scores:
* 62-0 — The first play of the second half, backup quarterback Patterson goes 74 yards for a touchdown, but a penalty canceled it, so eight plays later, Wilx Witthoft scores with 6:33 in the third.
* 68-0 — Six-play, 43-yard drive with three runs by Tayven Stuart for 17 yards, a 5-yard reception on fourth-and-4 by Stuart and a 21-yard dash by quarterback John Prohaska is a TD with 5:56 left in the game.
Fairfield got some momentum from a Blakely Metz interception. The next Trojan possession began a string of aerial success from the Trojans with three fourth-quarter scores:
* 68-6 — 62-yard, 6-play drive with Tate Allen snagging Isaac Harris’s pass and a tightrope run down the sideline for a 40-yard TD reception at 3:20.
* 68-12 — Two plays result in a 21-yard Max Weaton touchdown reception at 1:56.
* 68-20 — A 30-yard completion to Allen and a 17-yarder to Weaton for a TD at :29.4.
Fairfield is 1-4 overall, 0-3 in the district and hosts Keokuk (2-2, 1-1) Friday for Senior Night. Keokuk and Mt. Pleasant did not play Friday due to Mt. Pleasant’s COVID situation. Washington (5-0, 3-0) hosts Burlington (1-3, 1-2), which lost 55-7 to Fort Madison.