WASHINGTON — Things were looking dire for the third-ranked Washington Demons Friday in a second round Class 3A playoff game.
The Demon offense couldn’t get started, penalized twice for motion, then finally on first-and-20, a play. Except it was incomplete. Now, oh no, on their own 38, it’s second-and-20. Which is a touchdown run by Wyatt Stout.
Things were not so dire after all for the Demons in a 47-6 victory over the Keokuk Chiefs (4-4) after a 62-8 win at Keokuk Oct. 9.
“We’ve been working on Keokuk for three weeks with the bye,” Stout said. “We knew what they were going to do.”
Keokuk may have known some things as well, amassing 230 yards of offense (143 rushing, 87 passing) after totaling 103 (123 passing, minus 20 rushing) Oct. 9.
Keokuk did not know what Stout would do to them. He went up the middle juking Chiefs, swerved outside, deked a player to get to the sideline, then a stop-and-start to make a tackler miss, and into the end zone 62 yards later. It was 7-0 with 10 minutes, 42 seconds to go in the first quarter.
“Wyatt looked juicy,” WHS coach James Harris said. “He’s a talented athlete but you are seeing a lot of sweat equity in his accomplishments.”
Stout would carry the ball nine more times and finish with 208 yards. On 10 carries!
Trashaun Willis’ TD capped a seven-play 54-yard Demon drive for a 15-0 lead at 6:08 in the first.
“Wyatt is so shifty that he’s hard to stop,” said Willis, the Demons quarterback, although not on every play. With 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter, he lined up at wide receiver and cut over the middle to catch Ethan Patterson’s 13-yard pass for a TD and a 29-0 lead. “It was a beautiful pass, perfect pass.”
Stout’s first TD had moves and grace but his second TD was beastly. With 6:50 to go in the half, he made the score 35-0. He just refused to be brought down over the course of 45 yards of wannabe tacklers falling away.
“I stiff-armed two different kids,” Stout said. “But my offensive line just balled out, moving people out of the way, and they didn’t miss any assignments.”
The night’s third TD, at 2:00 of the first quarter for a 23-0 lead, was provided by the state leader (tied with three others; one in 4A, two in 8-man) in the category of interceptions returned for a touchdown. Ethan Zieglowsky notched his third with a 52-yard return untouched. He credited the pick to “work in the offseason.” Zieglowsky knew the quarterback was calling an audible, heard the coach cancel it and call for a slant. “I just read the quarterback’s eyes the whole way and he basically threw it to me.”
It’s a great advantage to a team when six goes on the board from the defensive side. Washington will need plays like that in the third round of the playoffs when West Delaware comes to Case Field Friday.
“The competition is only going to get better now,” Harris said.
The Demon defense gave up a 13-play, 94-yard drive for the Chief’s only score.
“They have good offensive players,” Harris said. “We made some mistakes but it’s coachable. You have to grow from your mistakes. We gave up more first downs than last time so that is frustrating.”
Four plays later, it was 41-6 on a Willis 20-yard rush TD. Wilx Witthoft snagged a pass along the sideline and eluded a tackler for the final TD.