By Jeremy Balan
The Washington High School football team didn’t exactly eliminate the mistakes that plagued them last week, but a big-play run attack and a solid defensive effort was more than enough to rout visiting Oakland High School 52-6 on Saturday.
Despite eight fumbles, the Eagles (1-1) ran the ball at will, totaling 401 yards rushing and had 10 plays of 15 yards or more, while the Washington defense limited the Wildcats (0-2) to 144 total yards and forced three turnovers.
“Our offense is starting to click a little better,” said Washington head coach Karl Finley. “Any time you score 50 points against anybody, it’s a great effort.”
Washington junior quarterback Simon Ma only had to throw once, while senior running backs Jamie McHenry and Lajarie Mabrey both finished with over 100 yards rushing for the second week in a row.
“He still is having some miscues with the snaps and the handoffs, but once he starts to command the offense, we’re going to click even better,” Finley said of Ma, who only made his second varsity start. “Lajarie and Jamie are a good tandem. It’s nice to have a rookie quarterback with those guys in the backfield. It makes it a little easier for everybody.”
McHenry, the smaller but speedier of the two backs, made an impact early with 150 yards on just five carries in the first half, most coming on a 96-yard touchdown run, where he simply outran the Oakland defense early in the second quarter.
“Any time Jamie touches the ball, he can go,” Finley said. “You never know, because he’s just so fast.”
Mabrey, the stronger inside runner, wore the Oakland defense down with 116 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, but also had three runs of 25 yards or more.
Other than a few long passes from Oakland quarterback Kesomi Mafi to receiver Rodney Kirkland, the Washington defense was stellar, forcing 15 of the Wildcats’ 41 total plays for a loss of yardage.
“We were not prepared,” said Oakland head coach Jayce Goree. “I saw it this morning and in the preparation. We have a lot to work on, we’re rebuilding and we’re still learning how to play. If you don’t prepare, these are the kind of things that are going to happen.”
Those who saw Washington’s disappointing loss to El Camino last week may have thought the Eagles would be in a championship hangover in 2011, but confidence may be restored after this week’s rout.
“We’re still scraping to be .500, so we’ll have to see,” Finley said.
W: 5:24 — Lajarie Mabrey 3-yard run (conversion failed)
W: 1:24 — Mabrey 25-yard run (Dequan Carter run on conversion)
W: 11:11 — Jamie McHenry 96-yard run (Devin White run on conversion)
W: 6:16 — White 16-yard run (Mabrey run on conversion)
O: 2:41 — Kesomi Mafi 7-yard run (conversion failed)
W: 0:34 — Peter Tran 17-yard run (Carter run on conversion)
W: 5:11 — White 29-yard run (Adam Badi kick good)
W: 6:05 — Mabrey 26-yard run (Badi kick good)