By Graham Henderson
If not for the first quarter, it would have been a close football game.
Washington High School, fresh off an upset loss last week to Mission, scored 32 unanswered points in the first 12 minutes on their way to beating visiting Burton 38-8.
“The kids played a pretty much [a flawless first quarter],” said Washington head coach Karl Finley. “We worked all week on some of the things that we should have been doing against Mission. We worked on the fundamentals.”
It was Burton’s (2-5, 1-3) inability to hold on to the football that put the Eagles (5-1, 3-1) in control early. Burton quarterback Alex Moreno and the Burton backfield mishandled multiple snaps in the first quarter.
“I think we fumbled our first three snaps at their goal line. That hurt us big time” said Burton head coach Anthony Rollins.
The near-constant heavy rain was a factor for both teams, and scrambles for loose balls became the norm.
“The first half, they had multiple miss-snaps, the second half, we had multiple miss-snaps,” Finely said. “I think that really took the wind out of them the first half and us the second half.”
Washington’s offense was led by running back Jamie McHenry, who ran for 82 yards on nine carries.
After giving up all 38 points against them in the first half, the Puma defense found their footing in the second.
“We actually didn’t change a thing for the second half,” said Rollins. “The second half, we just told them we’ve got be aggressive and finish our plays, and that’s what we did.”
The Washington defense held strong in the second half, keeping the Puma offense out of the end zone the entire game.
The only Burton points came on a 95-yard kickoff return by Delron Marmen to start the second half.
With the game in hand after the first half, coach Finley stuck to a simple offense to run out the clock.
“We didn’t want to try to do anything out of the ordinary, we just wanted to play basic football,” Finley said, noting that he didn’t want to take risks against Burton.
“They made some switches that kind of threw us off,” he said. “They’re a good team, they played hard the second half.”
W: 10:48 — Lajarie Mabrey 48-yard run. (Adam Badi kick blocked)
W: 8:02 — Jamie McHenry 39-yard run. (Badi kick good)
W: 5:36 — Aram Gevandian 22-yard run. (Badi kick failed)
W: 2:11 — McHenry 26-yard run. (Badi kick failed)
W: 0:14 — Galen Hall 29-yard run (Badi kick good)
W: 0:04 — McHenry 28-yard run. (Conversion failed)
B: 11:45 — Delron Marmen 95-yard kickoff return. (Conversion good)