Washington extended its current winning streak to 28 in a row with a 47-14 beat-down of the Vian Wolverines last Friday night at Ada.
With the victory, the Warriors have advanced to the State Semifinals against a familiar foe.
For the sixth time in four years and the fourth time in the last two years, coach Brad Beller’s Warriors will tee it up with Jones this Friday night at Yukon.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. for the No. 1 ranked and defending State Champions and the Longhorns.
“This is the fourth straight year we’ve seen them in the playoffs,” Beller said.
Jones has arguably the top quarterback in Oklahoma in Clayton Creasey.
Beller calls Creasey the glue of their offense, which is a spread option attack.
The 6-1 200 pound senior is the epitome of a dual threat signal caller.
“He is one of the top quarterbacks in the state regardless of class,” Beller said.”He is every sense of the word a dual threat. He’s their leading rusher and has an unbelievable arm. He’s very accurate.
“He is the most impressive quarterback in Washington history,” Beller continued singing the praises of Creasey. He’s a hard-working kid and one of the better ones we’ve seen.”
The key for a Washington victory is to be balanced on defense.
“We have to stop the run and at the same time get in the passing lanes and make him throw in tight windows,” Beller said. “On offense we need to control the ball and stay balanced as we have been all year.”
The Warriors controlled the line of scrimmage on offense in the victory over Vian. Their defense provided some turnovers early in the contest, setting the offense up with good field position.
Hudson Howard opened the scoring with a five yard first-quarter burst.
On the ensuing kickoff the kicking team got the ball right back and it was 12-0 Warriors. Their offense had only been on the field for about three minutes after Howard ran in another five yard score.
Major Cantrell tossed a 13-yard scoring strike to Nate Roberts in the second quarter. Following that was a two-point conversion pass to Cantrell’s other tight end, Iowa State commit Cooper Alexander.
Later in the second period Cantrell threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Roberts.
In the third quarter Kade Norman tallied from eight yards out followed by a 40-yard pass off Cantrell’s right arm into the arms of Mason Singletary and into the end zone.
Norman went cross-country for the final score of the night, a 65-yarder to the house and the Warriors moved into the State Semifinals.
Vian didn’t score on its first drive of the night but they did manage to hook up on a couple of big pass plays.
“We played bend but don’t break defense,” Beller said. “After their first drive we played really, really well for the rest of the half.
“Once our defense tightened up our offense came around. We really didn’t have any long runs until late in the third. Our offensive line controlled the game with us staying very balanced until late when we started running it more,” Beller said.
His Warriors, behind the blocking of Kingston Stringer, Jordan Vanya, Tanner Winlock, Easton Berglan and Baylor Haynes, rushed for 350 yards on 39 snaps and four touchdowns.
“They did a great job,” Beller confirmed. “And Nate Roberts had a massive night. He had three catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns all in the first half.”
Those catches came via the passing prowess of Cantrell who finished the evening 9-12 for 189 yards and three scores.
Washington spread the wealth around on making tackles against the Wolverines with Tanner Olson, Cole Beller and Keller Howard leading the charts with eight each.
Olson from his cornerback position, Beller at safety and Howard at middle linebacker.
“Howard had a great game at middle linebacker, Beller at safety and Olson at corner,” Beller said. “Vian did a good job of trying to get their quarterback out one-on-one in space. We missed very few tackles on the second and third levels.”
Defensive end Kane Lampkin had seven stops.
“We’re forcing a lot of turnovers and tackling really well,” Beller said.
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