WASHINGTON — The Washington Hatchet football team honored its seniors before Friday’s game at Hatchet Hollow.
But once the game began, it was the Jasper Wildcats who did the honors.
Class 4A No. 6 Jasper (7-1, 4-1) relied on the arm of quarterback Nolan Ahrens as the Wildcats claimed a 58-7 Big 8 Conference win over Washington (0-8, 0-6).
Ahrens threw for 157 yards on 13-23 passing and a pair of touchdowns in the first half, including completions to eight different Wildcat receivers. Jasper also added a pair of touchdown runs from Nick Hale and a scoring run by Ian Songer. The Wildcats also picked up a 22-yard field goal from Cal Krueger as Jasper led 21-0 after one quarter of play and 37-0 at halftime. Ahrens hooked up with Philip Huebschman and Landon Jeffers for a pair of 16-yard touchdown completions late in the half.
But while the Wildcats piled up some lofty offensive numbers (360 yards from scrimmage), the powerful Jasper offense had to work for everything it got against a Hatchet defense which put on of its better performances of the season.
“I’m more proud of our kids than I have been all year,” said Hatchet coach Kelly Brashear following the contest. “We played hard, we played aggressive. We played better defense, believe it or not, than we have all year. They got some easy ones in the second half because of the same old story, we were just worn out, but we made them work for points for the most part in the first half.”
With his own team nearing the end of a difficult season, Brashear was happy with how the Hatchets faced the always tough Wildcats.
“I told them after the game ‘This his how I’ve been waiting for you guys to play all year,’” said Brashear. “They played together, they had smiles on their faces, they had fun tonight. I thought the execution was there, sometimes you just get beat by a better team, and that was the situation tonight.”