McKenzie runs wild in Wash High victory
TribLIVE Sports Videos
It took Washington nearly three hours to get to Freeport, and it took Shai McKenzie 37 seconds to put the Little Prexies on the scoreboard.
Washington didn't stop there and steamrolled Freeport, 60-6, in a Class AA non-conference game at James Swartz Memorial Field.
No. 3 Washington led No. 9 Freeport. 48-0, at halftime. McKenzie rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns on seven carries.
The Little Prexies (8-1) ran into wrecks on Interstate 79 and Route 28, causing them to modify their route to Freeport. Washington had planned to shoot up I-79 to Cranberry and then over to Freeport. Those plans changed but not on the field. The start of the game was delayed 40 minutes.
“We practiced really hard all week, and we knew this was a big game for both teams,” McKenzie said. “That bus ride getting here was really long. Guys were getting headaches and getting sick. But we kept it loose and there was singing.”
Washington ran just 14 offensive plays in the first half and amassed 363 yards of offense with just 4:38 of possession. Three of McKenzie's touchdowns were runs of 66, 65 and 57 yards. The final score came on the last play of the first half.
McKenzie did not play in the second half.
Freeport (6-2) ran 36 offensive plays in the first half and gained 114 yards, all rushing.
“We came out, and we did move the ball,” Freeport coach John Gaillot said. “We have to look at the positives.”
Senior quarterback Branden Lynch rushed for 56 yards on 17 first-half carries and did not play in the second half. Washington quarterback Josh Wise completed 1 of 2 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.
As for McKenzie's performance, Gaillot had high praise.
“He's 1,000 times better in person than on film,” Gaillot said.
In the first half, Washington's Chase Caldwell returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown. On the next possession, the Yellowjackets held the ball for 7:48 and 15 plays, but the drive did not result in points. Two plays later McKenzie scored from 65 yards and the rout was on.
“I did not expect this tonight,” Washington coach Mike Bosnic said. “They are a well-coached team. I worried all week. They are big and physical and have been good all year. Just getting here was a struggle tonight. Sitting on a bus for three hours, I know I was sick when we got here.”
Freeport got on the board when Andrew Romanchak scored from 1-yard out with 2:04 to play in the third quarter. Washington added Daron Whitaker's 49-yard run with six minutes to play.
Thomas Zuck is a freelance writer
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- A fullback last season, Steel Valley’s Freeman takes over under center for Ironmen
- Skiles hopes 3rd time’s a charm at Bentworth
- Led by top QB, South Fayette offense among WPIAL’s all-time best
- Class AAAA breakdown: Trio of contenders could challenge perennial powers Woodland Hills, Central Catholic
- New Brighton looks to build on run to postseason
- Putting last year in the past key for Mt. Lebanon
- Now in 5th season, Ruane, team building winning tradition at Penn-Trafford
- California heads back to Tri-County South
- City League preview: Defending champion USO has high expectations
- HSFB preview by position: Special talent for area kickers
- Chartiers Valley has playoffs on mind despite youthful roster