By Mike Myers
BICKNELL — BICKNELL - Friday night the Washington Hatchets lost the one thing they’ve been trying to lose all season - their winless season.
Washington (1-8) dominated North Knox (4-5) from the outset as the Hatchets ruined the Warriors’ Senior Night win a 28-13 win.
Hatchet coach Kelly Brashear couldn’t have been happier following the win.
“That was such a fun game to coach. And I’ll tell you what, they (North Knox) are no slouch, they are a good football team. They’re physical, they hit hard. This was just one of those nights when the kids, they just had it going,” said Brashear. “Everyone of them contributed in a positive way. We got good play from all positions. I just couldn’t be prouder of the team effort.
“And it was so nice to hear these guys out here, on both sides of the ball, talking to each other and picking each other up and playing together,” said Brashear. “It was just a blast.”
The Hatchets played by far their best 24 minutes of football this season in the first half. Though North Knox scored a late touchdown on a one-yard run by Jordan Meurer to cut the Washington lead to 21-6 at the half, the opening two quarters of the game were dominated by WHS.
Washington’s defense forced three first half Warrior turnovers, including an interception by Austin Moody and a pair of stops on fourth down. And the Hatchets capitalized as quarterback Jake Brashear led the Black and Gold on a trio of first half scoring drives.
Jaden Arvin, who topped the 1,000 yard mark in rushing yards with a 14-yard carry in the first quarter, capped a pair of those drives with touchdown runs of five and four yards in the first quarter as WHS led 14-0 after one period of play.
That lead reached 21-0 on the Hatchets’ biggest pass play of the season with 4:16 remaining in the half. From his own 35, Brashear found Dalton Devine open along the Hatchet sideline. Brashear hit Devine in the numbers just past midfield and the speedy Devine did the rest for a 65-yard scoring strike.
Though he didn’t reach the end zone, Edrwin Revolorio had several big gains from his fullback position in the half, four of which went for first downs.
Arvin finished with 95 yards on 28 carries, while Revolorio added 70 yards on 13 attempts. Overall, the Hatchets netted 198 yards on the ground.
Washington reached the end zone again midway through the third quarter when Brashear, facing a fourth-and-one at the North Knox 24, called his own number and rambled untouched into the end zone. Moody’s fourth extra point of the night gave the Hatchets a 28-6 lead.
Edrwin Revolorio added a second half interception and the Hatchets held on five of the six North Knox fourth attempts on the night. Brashear was particularly pleased with how his defense fared on the evening, especially after the two Warrior touchdowns.
“There have been, in the previous eight games, times where bad things have happened to us defensively, and it just snowballed into something,” said Brashear. “We really did a nice job of bending and not breaking tonight.”
Brashear thought his defensive line set the tone for the best Hatchet defensive performance to date.
“I have to brag on our three big guys up front defensively. We’ve been running that 3-5 defense the last two or three weeks, and ironically it’s been pretty good to us, it‘s the best defense we‘ve played all year,” said Brashear. “Jeffrey Harrawood, James Sidebottom, and Eric Long just did a yeoman’s job up front. Those kids just played their hind ends off and I’m really proud of them. They set the tone defensively tonight.”
North Knox scored again on a 14-yard run by Austin Miller with 6:21 left in the game.
The Hatchets will host Class 3A No. 5 Brownstown Central in first round sectional action on Friday.