Washington QB Josh Wise answers call, leads Little Prexies over Seton-La Salle
Seton-La Salle jumped on Washington early with a pinpoint passing game, but the Little Prexies weren't about to panic.
With a running back like Shai McKenzie, they didn't need to.
McKenzie rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Josh Wise added three scores on the ground as No. 3 Washington came from behind for a 33-17 win at Canon-McMillan.
“We were just very confused on their pass offense and had some miscommunications on defense,” McKenzie said. “But we picked it up and managed to execute on offense.”
The Prexies (11-0) advanced to the WPIAL semifinals, where they will face South Fayette.
As a team, Washington piled up nearly 300 yards on the ground, led by McKenzie's 200 on 30 carries.
“Thirty carries, and 30 hard-earned carries,” Washington coach Mike Bosnic said. “I was proud of the way he ran tonight.”
Luke Brumbaugh passed for 218 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns for Seton-La Salle.
The Rebels (9-2) took the opening kickoff and went 60 yards in seven plays, scoring when Brumbaugh found a wide-open Scott Orndoff for a 21-yard touchdown on fourth down.
After a Washington punt, the Rebels widened their lead on their next drive, when Brumbaugh found Louis Rotunda for a 10-yard score.
But the Little Prexies answered early in the second quarter, moving 77 yards on 12 plays. Wise scored on a 3-yard keeper.
Following a Seton-La Salle field goal, Washington struck again. McKenzie took a handoff and raced for a 56-yard score. The Prexies got a chance to take the lead before halftime, but Wise threw an interception in Seton-La Salle territory with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter.
Washington did move on top after receiving the second-half kickoff, with Wise plunging in from a yard out to cap a 10-play drive.
Seton-La Salle had chances to get back in the game, but a blocked field goal and two Brumbaugh fumbles kept the Rebels off the scoreboard.
“They made some plays, and at the time we needed to make a play, we didn't,” Seton-La Salle coach Greg Perry said. “They didn't do anything we didn't think they weren't going to do, (but) they controlled the ball.”
Wise accounted for two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
“They were keying on Shai, and Josh came through,” Bosnic said.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.