Playing football in the Gateway Athletic Conference Central isn’t getting any easier.

The conference added Timberland this season and the Wolves improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play with a 41-7 win at home in Week 7 against Washington (2-5, 0-4).

The Timberland offense rolled to four first-half scores, three in the second period. The Wolves brought a balanced attack with 232 yards coming on the ground and 165 through the air.

“Timberland is a very tough opponent,” Washington Head Coach Derick Heflin said. “They were able to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Defensively, we played hard, just struggled with the size and speed. They have a great running back and we had some issues bringing him down.”

The Wolves held a 41-0 lead after three quarters until Johnny Duncan capped off Washington’s lone scoring drive with a four-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

The Blue Jays have yet to score in the first half against conference opponents this season. Washington has been held to one score or fewer in each of the past four weeks since the start of conference play. 

“We made some strides in our passing game,” Heflin said. “Bryce Kazmaier improved a lot from last week to this week. Bryce Meyer had a good night, Nate Busch and Christian Meyer both had big catches. We just struggled to be consistent running the ball.”

Washington’s defense has been consistently good enough to stay competitive, but the offense has struggled to stay on the field and keep the ball out of opponents’ hands.

Statistics

Kazmaier completed 8-15 passing for 101 yards. He ran 10 times for 23 yards.

Blaine Straatmann went 3-5 with his arm, passing for 13 yards.

Logan Roewe was intercepted on his lone pass attempt.

Bryce Meyer caught seven passes for 46 yards and carried twice for two yards.

Christian Meyer picked up 36 yards on two catches.

Busch carried six times for 35 yards and caught two passes for 32.

Duncan picked up 17 yards on eight carries with a score.

Cole Nahlik carried two times for five yards.

Defensively, Luke Kroeter was in on 14 tackles (seven solo, seven assists) and a pass deflected.

Darren Winistoerfer made five solo stops and two assists.

Ryan Hoerstkamp made one sack. 

Matt Benedict recovered a fumble.

Other Washington tacklers included Colby Ramsey (four, two assists), Seth Ruether (five, one assist), Jack Carico (three, two assists), Straatmann (four), Christian Meyer (two, one assist), Chris Grienenauer (two, one assist), Leonard Obermark (three), Caleb Brinker (two assists), Joe Hackman (one, one for a loss), Dylan Pape (one, one assist), Owen Bartlett (two), Louis Paule (two assists), Nahlik (one assist), Houston Partridge (one assist), Bryce Meyer (one, one assist), Logan Kuhn (one), Conner Vollmer (one assist) and Kaleb Burr (one assist).

Timberland’s Jarrett Wilson paved the way for the Wolves on offense with 151 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries.

Quarterback Cole Martin completed 10-13 passes for 150 yards and three scores. He carried seven times for 29 yards.

Brett Hiatt caught two of the Timberland touchdowns, amassing 24 yards on his two grabs. He made one carry for two yards.

Brandon Khoury caught a 38-yard touchdown pass.

Parker Brown made five catches for 44 yards and made good on 5-6 extra point tries.

Chris Lewis added 29 yards on four carries.

Drew Rothweil made three carries for 16 yards.

Zach Mudd added 13 yards on three carries.

Travon Kennedy picked up one yard on his lone carry.

Trevor Brave and Lawrence Watson each made one catch, both for eight yards.

Joshua Ellis picked up seven yards on one catch.

Backup quarterback Joseph Larsen was 2-2 passing for 15 yards.

Next Up

The Blue Jays continue conference play in Week 8 as they go on the road to take on Ft. Zumwalt South.

The Bulldogs are 3-4 on the season and are coming off their first conference victory, a 23-20 home win against Wentzville Liberty. The Eagles topped Washington, 20-7, in Week 5.

Washington will once again be tasked with trying to stop Zumwalt Sourth running back RJ Keen, who has amassed 825 rushing yards and seven touchdowns thus far this season.

Running almost exclusively out of the wildcat formation and taking direct snaps, Keen ran for 583 yards and 12 touchdowns against the Blue Jays in two games last season, including a 368-yard performance in Week 10.

In two meetings last season, the Bulldogs outscored Washington, 91-27. However, the two teams were locked in a 0-0 tie for the first 22 minutes during their regular season meeting last season before a controversial roughing the kicker call on a punt that would have given the Blue Jays a very short field to work with at the end of the half instead extended the Zumwalt South drive.

The Blue Jays were not able to recover from that blow as the Bulldogs marched down the field for a touchdown and never really struggled to move the ball on offense again for the remainder of that game or the next. 

Zumwalt South appears to have a more balanced attack this season with senior quarterback Jacob Owen growing into a more reliable passer. Owen has completed half of his passing attempts thus far in the season for 747 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.