Washington dominates Jeannette 48-14
Written by: Billy Splain on Friday, September 27th, 2013
The Little Prexies of Washington High school had plans to ride on the back and legs of all-everything, heavily recruited running back Shai McKenzie to a playoff appearance this year. That plan changed last week as McKenzie went down with a torn acl. Tonight they found a new horse to ride, well several horses, who ground the Jayhawks into submission to the tune of 353 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns on 49 carries while holding the Hawks to just 74. That stable of backs was led by sophomore running back Jordon West. West scored three of Washington’s 4 first half touchdowns in convincing style, going 21, 20 and 22 yards. The talented back also added an interception to his resume in the first half.
Washington set the tone from the opening kick driving 72 yards for their first score on what would be their worst starting field position of the night. On their next drive the Prexies only needed 55 yards to make it 14-0.
The Jayhawks looked to gain some momentum on their next series and it appeared they had despite shooting themselves in the foot several times during the drive with penalties. Quarterback Julian Batts found Michael Wise for a 10 yard scoring toss. The point after made it a respectable 14-7 with 9 1/2 minutes left in the first half.
The Jayhawk celebration was short lived. Washington, not wanting the Hawks to gain any confidence, went to the well of tricks. On the first play of the ensuing drive Chase Caldwell got the ball on a reverse and threw to a wide open Quorteze Levy, who coasted into the end zone for a 55-yard touchdown.
West would score his third td just before the half to make it a 28-7 ball game going into the break. “With Shai going down I knew I had to step up, I mean, I did what I had to do” said West. “We’re more than just one player, we played the game for him just to show we had his back. This is our second week without Shai, and the first week I was a little bit nervous,” West said. “But this second week, I was more settled down and knew I had to step up and I did.”
Washington held the Jayhawks on the first series of the second half to 3 plays, then drove 63 yards for a convincing 34-7 lead on a 15 yard Malik Wells scoring run.
Penalties and bad snaps and turnovers plagued the Jayhawks all night, and on their next series they had their 3 turnover of the night but the Prexies failed to capitalize. An interesting note, in every game to this point Jeanette has had someone return either a punt or kickoff for a touchdown, and on the Prexie punt it nearly happened again as Damone Morton revered field and nearly went the distance but a one handed tackle ended the streak. The Jayhawks would score on the drive with Terell Canady going 4 yards but it just wasn’t enough.
Arthur Long and Kurt Adkins added touchdown runs in the final quarter. Coming into the game, Mount Pleasant, Jeanette and Washington carried 4-0 records atop the Class AA Interstate Conference. The victory gives Washington sole possession of first place in the conference, a half-game ahead of Mount Pleasant and a game ahead of the Jayhawks. Mount Pleasant plays both Jeanette and Washington in the next two weeks.
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