Washington starts fast, routs Freeport, 36-7
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The Washington Prexies got off to a hot start when they scored 14 points in the first three minutes of the game then went on to beat Freeport, 36-7, in a nonsection game Friday night.
The Prexies (7-1, 6-1) received the opening squibbed kick-off to start on their own 43-yard line.
On the first play of the game, Malik Wells set the tone with a 17-yard run to march into Freeport territory. Six plays later, Washington's Jordan West scored on a 29-yard run.
On Freeport's third play, quarterback Andrew Romanchak threw an interception to Washington defensive back Chase Caldwell, who ran it back for a 26-yard touchdown.
On Freeport's second possession, the Yellowjackets were driving into Washington territory but were stopped on fourth down.
“We told the kids there's no quit, they fought all year. (It's a) young group of kids. I said we're out of the playoffs, so we have nothing to lose,” Freeport coach John Gaillot said.
“I wanted to start to get my players more confidence.”
With five seconds left in the second quarter, Prexies kicker Jonathan Spina connected on a 22-yard field goal to make the score 17-0 at halftime.
Freeport's Steven Lassinger scored scored on an 89-yard kickoff return to open the second half.
Gailot said the momentum shifted toward Freeport at that point.
“That's why we went for an onside, (we hoped) to catch that and get them a little bit down,” he said. “They're just a very well-coached team.
“They always stepped up whenever it got tight, and they made the plays. We have a lot of fight, but we just don't have the team speed that they had.”
Thirteen seconds later, on the first play from scrimmage, Washington's Wells ran in from 61 yards for a touchdown.
With a little more than nine minutes left in the third quarter, Jonathan Spina completed a short curl route to Jarell Dates, who blew past a defender and went the distance for a 55-yard touchdown.
Washington had two 100-yard rushers. Wells had 10 carries for 108 yards and one touchdown, and West had nine carries for 100 yards with one touchdown.
Freeport running back Michael Troup ran for 107 yards on 20 carries.
Freeport quarterback Andrew Romanchak threw an interception to Washington defensive lineman Thomas Cherry, who returned it for a touchdown.
“We're watching it like it was in slow motion or something. I thought he was going to get caught like three times,” Washington coach Mike Bosnic said, jokingly.
“It's a lineman's dream.”
Spina added the extra point to make the score 36-7.
Next week, the Prexies play Waynesburg Central (3-4, 4-4).
“We've got to prepare,” Bosnic said.
“We've got to have a good week of practice; the kids have got to be focused.
“This is a dangerous game for us, Waynesburg is a much-improved football team. We've got to have some momentum heading into the playoffs.”
Anthony Parks is a freelance writer.
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