By Mike Myers
EVANSVILLE — EVANSVILLE – A second consecutive trip south on a hot and humid Friday night turned out with the same result for the Washington Hatchets in a 62-15 loss to Evansville Bosse at Enlow Field.
After falling to a tough Boonville squad last week, Washington (0-2) found the going even tougher against an even better opponent in a talented Bosse (1-1) outfit that scored 48 points in a loss at Jeffersonville in the Bulldogs’ opener.
Bosse scored in just about every way possible in running up a 41-0 lead at the half. Carrington Crutcher, who led all rushers with 182 yards on nine carries, scored on runs of five and 60 yards in the first half. Bulldog quarterback Ian Nunley threw touchdown strikes of 20 and 15 yards to Arius Carter in the opening half, while Nick Hansen added a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown and Bo Burkhart recovered a Hatchet fumble in the end zone for another score.
By the half, Bosse had racked up 206 yards of total offense on just 12 plays as the athletic Bulldogs proved more than the Hatchets could handle. Washington coach Kelly Brashear said the game highlighted the differences between the style of football played in the Hatchets’ Big 8 Conference and the Bulldogs' brand of football.
“It’s hard for our type of kids. We don’t have great athletes, I’m just going to tell it like it is. But we have kids that play with a lot of heart, and they give you everything they have. Our conference is built that way. We’re not the fastest conference, we’re a power conference, where most everybody runs the football,”said Brashear. “Bosse has a lot of quick, athletic kids who give us problems in space, and we just don’t see that very often.”
The Hatchets didn’t get their power running game going until midway through the second quarter. Using backs Jaden Arvin and Edrwin Revolorio, Washington moved 67 yards on 13 plays to the Bosse 15. But after having twice converted fourth downs to keep the drive alive, the Hatchets failed on their third fourth down attempt and turned the ball over on downs with 6:31 left in the half trailing 35-0.
Washington continued pounding Arvin and Revolorio in the second half to better success. Arvin capped a third quarter drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge late in the third quarter, then caught a pass from quarterback Jake Brashear for the two-point conversion, making the score 48-8.
Revolorio got into the scoring as well, finishing off Washington’s final drive of the night with a five-yard run with 2:29 left in the game.
Overall, Arvin finished with 134 yards on 16 carries while Revolorio added 132 yards on 19 attempts. Washington tallied 253 yards on the ground on 42 attempts, and Brashear was 3-10 through the air for 10 yards. Arvin caught two of those passes for seven yards while Max Lancaster added one reception for three yards.
Brashear was pleased with how Arvin and Revolorio, who, like most Hatchets, are also starters on defense, played overall.
“I thought those two kids were workhorses tonight on both sides of the ball,” said Brashear.“They both ran the ball very well. They both went over 100 yards against a very fast, athletic defense. Very, very proud of the heart those kids played with. I said this last week, but those kids don’t leave the field, they play on offense, defense, and special teams. I thought they ran very well tonight, they blocked very well tonight, and they were in on what tackles we made tonight.”
Brashear also praised the work of offensive lineman James Sidebottom and Jeffrey Harrawood, who cleared the path for Arvin and Revolorio up front.
“We have a junior (Harrawood) and a senior (Sidebottom) that we feel like we need to run behind,” said Brashear. “Those are our two horses up there, Harrawood and Sidebottom.”
Bosse’s second half scores came from Crutcher on a 52-yard run, a 27-yard pass from Nunley to Hansen, and a seven-yard run from Dorian Williams. Overall, the Bulldogs finished with 368 yards of total offense.
Washington opens the home portion of its schedule on Friday when the Hatchets host Big 8 Conference foe Princeton.