Rhett Snodgrass threw three touchdowns passes for Mt. Vernon and ruined homecoming at Hatchet Hollow with a 48-2 win over Washington on Friday.
Snodgrass threw a 24-yard pass to Nick Curtis in the first quarter as Mt. Vernon (3-2, 2-0) led 7-0 at the first break. But Snodgrass got hot in the second quarter, tossing scoring strikes of 66 yards to Jaden Wilson and 25 yards to Curtis. The Wildcats also got a 20-yard scoring throw from Breckan Austin to Wilson on a double pass trick play and a 10-yard run from Brady Hook as Mt. Vernon led 35-0 at halftime. Overall, Snodgrass completed 9-13 through the air for 250 yards while seeing action in the first half only.
Washington (0-5, 0-3) did move the ball in the first half on the ground behind Seth Holstclaw, who racked up the second straight 100-yard rushing game for the Hatchets with 123 yards on 20 carries despite suffering an ankle injury on the game’s first play.
“Seth injured himself on the first play. To his credit, he got taped up, he’s hurting pretty bad but he didn’t want to quit,” said Washington coach Jake Durnil. “You have to credit Seth for that. He’s stepping up to be one of our leaders. He’s super quiet, but he’s a great kid and a hard worker. Hopefully they start feeding off that.”
Durnil felt like his team’s running was a highlight, though falling behind hurt Washington’s ability to control the clock. Also hindering the Hatchet offense was an injury to quarterback Trey Reed in the first half. Reed left the game just before halftime and did not return, and was later diagnosed with bruised ribs after a trip to the hospital. Brooks Robinson replaced Reed at quarterback for the remainder of the game.
“I thought our offensive line did a really nice job of moving the football, but again, if we get behind by 20 points, it’s really hard to play pound and ground football,” said Durnil. “Then Trey went down — we’re hoping and praying he’s okay. So then we were scrambling from that point forward.”
While injuries have hurt a Hatchet team already low on numbers, Washington’s offensive line – left tackle Ian Hill, left guard Louk Gray, center Johnny Lagle, right guard Brock Thurman, right tackle Anthony Gonterman, and tight end Reece Durnil – is healthy for the time since the preseason.
Gonterman picked up the only points for the Hatchets on the night when he tackled Mt. Vernon’s Luke Hoehn in the Wildcat end zone for a safety with less than a minute to play.
The Wildcats got touchdown runs of 21 yards from River Snodgrass in the third quarter and four yards from Hoehn in the fourth quarter.
Washington hosts Indianapolis Attucks on Friday.