WASHINGTON — Although the name sounds like a DII college from the east coast, it is not, but West Delaware is a formidable football team that plans to spoil the Washington season Friday when it visits Case Field.
The Hawks (9-1) average margin of victory in wins is 52 points. The only loss was to Decorah, which was eliminated from the playoffs last week by Dubuque Wahlert, a team WD defeated 35-0. The Decorah loss was the week of a lot of rain.
WD has a tremendous culture and sustained success under coach Doug Winkowitsch. WD has three 300-pound players on one side of the offensive line. The Hawks run a pistol formation with double tight ends. Quarterback Jared Voss has 1,095 yards rushing (135 carries) and 985 throwing (71-for-108, 9 TD, 2 INT). Wyatt Voelker has 150 carries for 992 yards.
“They are a physical run team,” Washington head coach James Harris said. “Voss will be the best athlete we have faced. He has a very strong arm and is a tremendous open field runner.”
The Demons must start with trying to stop him, while watching three receivers who have at least 19 catches and 230 yards each.
“What makes that hard is Voelker is a bell cow and probably the best running back we have faced,” Harris said.
A 4-3 defense is led by Voelker (75 tackles) and Christian Nunley, a lineman with 50 tackles, 15 for loss. Nunley (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) moves around according to WD’s blitz packages.
“They are good defense and swarm and run to the ball well,” Harris said. “West Delaware is a tremendous and talented opponent who will require us to play our very best football in order to win.”
The BC-M0ore website has Washington as 14-point underdogs at home.
“We are embracing the underdog role and hopefully looking to let the state know we are here,” Harris said. “It should be a great game.”