Nothing seemed to go right Friday for Washington in its regular season home football finale against Ft. Zumwalt North.
The visiting Panthers (6-1, 3-1) had things under control throughout the game in a 49-9 victory over the Blue Jays.
“They played really well and we didn’t play particularly well. That’s a bad combination,” said Washington Head Coach Zach Schneider. “We didn’t execute very well, had some turnovers and that was about it. We have to find a way to be more consistent.”
All of the scoring took place in the first half. The entire second half was played with a running clock.
The Blue Jays (2-5, 0-3) were outscored 35-6 in the second quarter and trailed 49-9 at halftime.
The Panthers scored touchdowns on six of their seven first-half possessions and also had a kickoff return for a score.
Washington didn’t help itself with three turnovers in the second quarter.
“You have to be able to take care of the football and you can’t give up big plays on special teams. We did a good job with that last week, but took a step backward in this game. We looked lost at times,” Schneider said. “All they had to worry about with our offense was Kyle (Summers), and that’s not good.”
Washington accumulated 265 yards, 141 passing and 124 rushing.
Quarterback Isaac Lippert was 10-16 passing for 134 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He rushed for 34 yards on four attempts.
Christian Hardesty was 1-3 passing for seven yards and rushed for nine yards on two attempts.
Kyle Summers carried the ball 13 times for 63 yards. He also had two catches for 27 yards. On the season, Summers has rushed for 1,378 yards.
Seth Bollmann finished the game with four catches for 95 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 18 yards on three carries.
Austin Finder had four receptions for 19 yards. Caleb Curran added one catch for no gain.
Defensively, Nick Cunningham paced the Blue Jays with five solo tackles and two assists.
DJ Quathem, Nathan Kopp and Jacob Maerli each finished with four solos and one assist. Chris Jasper, Jeremy Monehan and Alex Schull each had four solos.
“We didn’t put up much of a fight,” Schneider said. “A couple of our turnovers in the second quarter led directly to points for them, and then they returned a kickoff. Those things can’t happen.”
Ft. Zumwalt North accumulated 493 yards, 316 rushing and 177 passing.
Quarterback Brenden Pierce was 6-7 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
“The big difference with them this year compared to last year is their quarterback,” Schneider said. “He played very well. He made good decisions and didn’t turn the ball over.”
Camren Fullerton scored three touchdowns, on rushing, one passing and one on a kickoff return. He rushed for 95 yards on five carries.
Tre’ Johnson rushed for 87 yards on five attempts and scored two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.
Ft. Zumwalt North grabbed a 14-0 lead on a pair of touchdowns by Johnson.
Washington got on the scoreboard on a 33-yard field goal by Aaron Meyer.
The Blue Jays trailed 14-3 after one quarter.
The game got away from Washington in the second period as it was outscored, 35-6.
Fullerton scored three touchdowns in the second quarter.
Prior to the kickoff return, the Blue Jays scored on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Lippert to Bollmann.
Pierce added a pair of touchdowns runs late in the second quarter to give the Panthers a 49-9 halftime advantage.
Zumwalt East Preview
Things don’t get any easier for the Blue Jays as they hit the road to play unbeaten Ft. Zumwalt East (7-0, 3-0) Friday at 7 p.m.
The Lions, ranked No. 10 in this week’s Class 5 state poll, will claim the outright GAC Central title with a win over Washington.
Quarterback Shane Barrett is the catalyst of the offense. He rushed for 1,061 yards and 18 touchdowns and passed for 1,270 yards and 14 scores.
Last week against Holt, Barrett carried the ball 15 times for 230 yards and scored five touchdowns.
“He’s a very talented player, and he’s only a junior. He’s a good runner and has gotten better throwing it,” Schneider said of Barrett. “We have to stop the run, make them throw it, and see what happens.”
East’s only close game of the season was an 18-12 win over Hickman. Conference wins have been by scores of 35-15 over Ft. Zumwalt North, 48-14 over Ft. Zumwalt South and 49-10 last week over Holt.
“If the team we’re capable of being shows up, there’s no doubt in my mind we can win,” Schneider said. “We have a lot to play for. Hopefully we can pick up a couple of wins in these last two weeks and solidify a home game in week 10.”
FZN 14-35- 0-0=49
F-Tre Johnson 10 run (Luke Sammelman kick), 9:28
F-Johnson 34 pass from Brenden Pierce (Sammelman kick), 5:59
W-Aaron Meyer 33 FG, 1:41
F-Camren Fullerton 37 pass from Pierce (Sammelman kick), 9:02
F-Fullerton 33 run (Sammelman kick), 8:41
W-Seth Bollmann 43 pass from Isaac Lippert (kick failed), 7:34
F-Fullerton 91 kickoff return (Sammelman kick), 7:17
F-Pierce 9 run (Sammelman kick), 3:18
F-Pierce 37 run (Sammelman kick), 1:08