Oklahoma high school football: Washington uses balanced attack to down Bethel
WASHINGTON — Jamison Holland caught the kickoff and began to make his trek through Bethel’s kickoff team.
The junior wide receiver and defensive back on Washington’s football team didn’t do anything special, but he was patient. He allowed his blockers to get set up, and he found a lane up the right side of the formation. About the 50-yard line, he sprinted through a seam and had no one between him and the end zone.
His 70-yard kickoff return touchdown was one of seven touchdowns for Class 2A No. 5 Washington during its 55-14 win against Bethel on Saturday. The Warriors excelled in all three phases, gaining a comfortable lead early and never relinquishing it.
“I was very pleased with the way that our offense came out and just clicked on all cylinders,” Washington coach Brad Beller said. “At halftime, I think we had somewhere like 17 rush plays and 17 pass plays. The yardage wasn’t very different either."
The Warriors finished with 251 rushing yards and 236 pass yards.
The game kicked off at 3 p.m. Saturday with a little more than 1,000 people at Washington High School.
Senior running back Chase Allison had another huge performance only one week after tying the school record for rushing touchdowns in a game (4). Allison had three rushing scores in the first half, including the game’s first two touchdowns. He finished with 138 yards on 16 carries.
Allison had three runs of more than 20 yards, including his first touchdown that went 27 yards up the right sideline. His strong presence in the running game helped Washington (5-0, 2-0 District 2A-3) open up its passing game.
Sophomore quarterback Jaxon Hendrix, who began the year as the fourth-string, completed 16-of-20 passes with two touchdowns, including a 42-yard pass to his cousin, Luke Hendrix.
Bethel’s first score came quickly after Hendrix’s long catch, as Corey Metscher rushed for 71 yards up the middle to get the Wildcats into the red zone. Three plays later, quarterback Jesse Tucker scored from 5 yards out on a keeper.
Bethel (3-2, 0-2) rushed for 216 yards but a lot of yardage came on two plays: Metscher’s run and Dez Loving’s 55-yard run in the second quarter.
Washington’s final two scores came on Kaden DuBois field goals. DuBois, who is ranked as one of the top kickers in the country, had touchbacks on all but one of his kickoff attempts, made all of his PATs and hit 44- and 48-yard field goals.
“We score so much and he doesn’t have as much film as he should,” Beller said of DuBois. “He’s one of the top two or three kickers in the state. I hope people start to see and hear about him.”