Philadelphia, Pa., George Washington High School (D12, Public League, AAAA) combined to use both a quick strike offense and sustained drives in dismantling Delaware power Salesianum, 27-6 last night at Northeast’s Charles Martin Stadium.
It was immediately apparent that the Sallies (5-1 and two consecutive shutouts) were going to struggle with Washington’s team speed. The Eagles recovered a Salesianum fumble on the opening kickoff and the Eagles went right to work scoring in six plays and ending when QB Tony Smith (Father Judge Transfer) connected with Washington Senior and Temple University bound Daquan Cooper with a 16 yard TD.
Salesianum took the ensuing kickoff and generated their own (and only) successful drive behind the running of Senior Ryan Kilpatrick, covering 65 yards in five plays (as well as two Washington penalties and a Kilpatrick 34 yard scamper) ending with his 5 yard touchdown run.
Washington started out the second quarter with another quick six play drive covering 70 yards and this time a Tony Smith to Nate Smith TD pass of 37 yards got things rolling for the Eagles.
With a little more than a minute left in the first half, Sallies QB Jonathan Godwin was intercepted on a beautiful play on a tipped screen pass by Washington LB Justin Moody. Moody’s pick enabled the Eagles to score in four plays punctuated by a Smith to English Peay TD pass and a 20-6 halftime lead.
Any chance the Sallies had to get back in the game was eliminated when Washington took the second half kickoff and sustained a 14 play, 68 yard, nine minute drive. Mixing in some nice runs by Hakeem Sillman and Peay, the drive ended with a 30 yard Peay halfback option pass to Cooper for their final touchdown.
Smith ended with 3 touchdown passes (to three different receivers) and did the majority of his damage in the first half (12-22, 178 yards). Cooper had 84 receiving yards two touchdowns.
The Eagles offensive and defensive lines were dominant in victory. With as many weapons that Washington has its hard for the people up front to get credit. The play of Moody, Austin McGrath, John Webb, Larheim Brown, Mike McGlashen and Temple University bound Brandon Chudnoff all excelled for the Eagles giving Smith the time to throw and for Peay and Sillman the holes to run through.
Washington, now 6-1, has a conference date with conference rival Northeast next week.