By Todd Lancaster Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — The 2013 edition of the Washington Hatchet football team will face the challenge of low numbers going into the new season on Friday against Boonville, but hopefully, the experience they do have returning will help balance the lack of depth on a team of roughly 30 players.
“We have 32 on the roster, but several are ineligible for differing reasons or injured, and we will probably only have about 26-28 available for the Boonville game,” said coach Kelly Brashear. “I love the kids that we have, I just wish we had a lot more of them.”
Last season, the Hatchets had wins over Evansville Bosse, North Daviess, North Knox and Pike Central and moved on to the second round of the sectional before losing to Evansville Memorial. This year, Washington is on the road in its opening two weeks, facing Boonville and then Bosse.
Brashear, now in his 10th season, brings a 47-52 career record and new offense to start the new year. Brasher will utilize the pistol and read option as the primary offense for three-year starting QB Jake Brashear.
Brashear believes that his nephew Jake, will be one of the most athletic elements on the team and wants to give him a chance to use his speed and strength to its full advantage. Other weapons in the backfield will be a pair of seniors in Jaden Arvin, who will work out of a speed position and fullback Edrwin Revolorio.
Out of the pistol, there will also be several backs playing out of a wing position and split ends. Freshman Austin Moody, junior Jansen Shake and seniors Tyler Summers, Dalton Devine and Clayton Johnston will all be looked at to catch the ball from those spots, while sophomore Cameron Meade will see time at tight end, as will freshman Max Lancaster, who will also backup the quarterback and fullback.
“Edrwin and Jayden bring a lot of experience from last year,” said Brashear. “We know they can run the ball.”
“We have already told Moody and Lancaster that they are going to get thrown into the fire right away,” said added. “Max knows he will probably have to start for Jake in that first game at quarterback, and Moody will also be our placekicker, so they don’t have time to be freshmen.”
The offensive line will return a lot of size and experience, but once again depth and having to go both ways will test the senior-laden line. Senior Eric Long (6’, 290 lbs.) has previously played center, while senior Zach King (6’, 275 lbs.) and James Sidebottom (6’3”, 290 lbs.) will play guard and tackle, as will junior Jeffery Harrawood (6’5”, 275 lbs.), senior Jeff Rigle, freshman Jeff Byler and sophomores Dan Davis. Tanner Hamm is expected to also see time at center.
The defense will be primarily a 4-3 or 5-2 with cover 2 in the secondary. Revolorio, Meade, Arvin and sophomore Luke Thornton will hold down the linebacker spots while most of the linemen will be Harrawood, King, Sidebottom, Lancaster and Long, with liberal substitution from the pool of linemen and linebackers, who also includes senior Carlos Ayala, underclassmen Tyler Guy, LaKing Clay, Cody Collier, Travis Harper, Jacob Baxter, Justin Tedrow and Sam Smith.
The secondary will have Moody and Shake at safety, with Johnson and Devine as corners. Backing them up will be Russell Brown, Liam O’Haver, Logan Allen and Dillion Brower, who will also see time at different spots in the defensive backfield.
Johnson is also scheduled to be the punter.
“We didn’t know he could punt until this year, but he has really been booming them,” added Brashear.
“The front half of the scheduled is going to have a big learning curve, for several reasons,” said Brashear. “It will be a learning year for us because of the new option offense and experience issues.”
“We know we will have to play mistake-free football to win. We can’t turn the ball over, have to have confidence and play well. Our special teams play will have to get a lot better. We can’t be kicking the ball off and giving up touchdowns. We have keep our offense on the field as much as possible and defense off.”
After Boonville, WHS stays on the road with Evansville Bosse, before hosting Princeton at Hatchet Hollow. The Hatchets and North Daviess Cougars will play for the Hwy. 57 Helmet on Sept. 13, before finishing out the year with Mount Vernon, Mount Carmel and Jasper at home and Lincoln and North Knox on the road.
Against Boonville, the Hatchets will kick off at 8 p.m., while WAMW will broadcasting the game.
Aug. 23 at Boonville 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at Evansville Bosse 8 p.m. Sep. 6 Princeton 8 p.m. Sep. 13 at North Daviess 7 p.m. Sep. 20 Mount Vernon (Posey) 8 p.m. Sep. 27 Mount Carmel 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Vincennes Lincoln 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 Jasper 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at North Knox 7 p.m.