Washington rolls to shutout win over Southmoreland
The Washington High School Little Prexies wasted little time in showing the Southmoreland football team and their fans why they are ranked third in Class AA by Trib Total Media.
The Prexies scored 12 seconds into the game when Jordan West, who rushed six times for 75 yards in the game, broke outside of the Southmoreland defense and raced 65 yards for a touchdown to give Washington all of the points they would need in a 41-0 whitewashing of the Scotties.
With the loss, the Scotties were officially eliminated from playoff contention for the 2015 season.
Trailing 7-0 early in the first quarter, the Scotties Ryan Francis tackled Washington quarterback Markel Pulliam for a three-yard loss on a fourth-and-2 play, and the Scotties took over on downs at the Prexies' 31 yard line, and appeared to have stolen the momentum. But Southmoreland could not generate any additional offense and gave the ball back to Washington.
Kurt Adkins, who rushed for 190 yards on just six carries, wasted little time in putting Washington on the score board again when he took a inside handoff, cut to the outside, and outran everyone to the end zone to put the Little Prexies up 14-0 with 6:08 left in the first quarter.
Washington recovered a Southmoreland fumble on the ensuing kickoff and were right back in business at the Scottie 23. Following a six-yard run by West, Kenyon Davis took a direct snap from center and plowed his way into the end zone from 17 yards out to take a 21-point lead.
Washington went up 28-0 on the first play of the second quarter two when Nate Swart hauled in a 31-yard pass from Pulliam. Swart finished the game with two catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Pulliam ended his night 6-6 for 134 yards and three touchdowns.
The Prexies continued to pour it on in the second quarter, and had two scoring drives wiped off the board due to penalties. West had a 38-yard touchdown catch negated by a holding call, and Jaden Datz recovered a Washington fumble after Adkins was gang-tackled and hit hard by a host of Southmoreland defenders.
Davis made it 35-0 with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Pulliam, and Adkins closed out the first half scoring with a 13-yard touchdown catch of his own to make it 41-0.
The teams played evenly in the second half, but the Scotties were unable to muster much offensively against the swarming and physical Washington defense.
Scottie quarterback Jonathan Leighty was pressured all night, but managed to complete 15 of his 35 pass attempts for 148 yards.
Junior wideout Mike Moresea had a huge game, hauling in a game and season-high nine catches for 86 yards, while Francis caught two passes for 30 yards.
Defensively, the Scotties were led by senior Jake Beistel, who had three solo tackles and five assisted tackles, while George Hillen checked in with one solo tackle, seven assisted tackles, and a sack.
Datz recorded a fumble recovery and punter Kyle Rhodes averaged 33.8 yards per punt.
Mark King is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.