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Going into halftime Mid-Prairie felt like they had a shot against a tough opponent in Washington as they had rushed the ball well and had shown the ability to get stops on defense.
At around the 8:22 mark of the third quarter after Mid-Prairie turned the ball over on downs it went downhill and Washington eventually took their 21-7 halftime lead to a 55-7 rout of Mid-Prairie.
“I thought we played well for two-and-a-half quarters and just kind of ran out of gas,” Mid-Prairie coach Pete Cavanagh said.
Washington had just 168 total yards at half, a number they would more than double before finishing with 415 rushing yards and 524 total yards. The Demons were led by Jack Redlinger, who had 13 rushes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
“They’re really good so I give them a lot of credit. They just pounded it on us the second half when we didn’t have an answer,” Cavanagh said.
Unfinished drives hurt the Golden Hawks as they had seven drives that ended in Washington territory without points and scored on one of their two red zone trips.
The Golden Hawk offense saw their first 100-yard rusher of the season with Keaton Duwa gaining 108 yards on 19 rushes. The lone score of the night came from a one-yard sneak into the endzone from quarterback Karson Gingerich.
Late in the first half Gingerich was tackled on a run and seemed to hurt his ankle and spent the second half on crutches. Grant Boyse came in to replace Gingerich at the quarterback position in the second half.
“Definitely losing Karson (Gingerich) was a little struggle on offense but I feel like Grant (Boyse) stepped up and did the best he could and that was that,” said Mid-Prairie’s Terrhyn Jacoby, who had one catch for nine yards and two rushes for 13 yards.
Penalties had a large effect on the night between the rivals with Washington having 18 penalties for 211 yards and Mid-Prairie having seven for 37 yards.
“It’s just a shame because you have two good teams and I don’t know why both of them played that way,” Cavanagh said. “It shouldn’t come down to that and it’s just bad football.”
Cavanagh said that with the multiple injuries he saw a lot of new faces step up when needed including Connor Miller, Colton Allen and Josh Slaubaugh.
“We had some kids learn different positions this week and do a pretty good job against a good opponent,” Cavanagh said.
Mid-Prairie is now 1-1 on the season and will travel to West Liberty this week. West Liberty defeated Highland 62-7 last week.
Washington: Jaivonn Willis 22-yard pass from Ryan Reighard (kick good) 7-0 8:31
Mid-Prairie: Karson Gingerich one-yard rush (kick good) 7-7 11:57
Washington: Willis 23-yard pass from Reighard (kick good) 14-7 9:01
Washington: Jack Redlinger 26-yard rush (kick good) 21-7 5:38
Washington: Reighard 12-yard rush (kick good) 28-7 6:16
Washington: Thomas Zimmer 65-yard interception return (kick good) 35-7 3:53
Washington: Sawyer Whisler 26-yard pass from Reighard (kick no good) 41-7 2:05
Washington: Redlinger 3-yard rush (kick good) 48-7 0:00
Washington: Garrett Ikerd 31-yard rush (kick good) 55-7 6:13
Karson Gingerich 5-8, 64 yards
Grant Boyse, 0-5, 2 INT
Keaton Duwa 19-108
Trevor Miller 10-36
Justin Schwartz 4-55
Terrhyn Jacoby 1-9
Duwa 7 total tackles
Tom Butters 5.5 total tackles
Gingerich 3.5 total tacles