CEDAR RAPIDS — Now they can focus on that team from the other side of Waterloo.
The fourth-ranked Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors did what everyone expected Thursday night and lambasted Waterloo East, 63-14, at Kingston Stadium. An appropriate home sendoff for a bunch of seniors who have won a bunch of football games in their prep careers.
They’ll need to win one more next week in order to qualify for the Class 4A playoffs. Waterloo West is the opponent on the road.
The Wahawks go into their game Friday night against Mason City ranked seventh and with a 7-0 record. A District 5 championship is still possible for Wash.
So is not even making it to the postseason.
“The coaches tried to keep us focused on this week, but it’s hard when we have a big game next week,” said Wash’s Drew Dostal. “We moved the ball well, like we should have. That will help us get ready for next week against West.
“We take it game by game,” said Wash tight end-defensive end Rane Weiland. “I wasn’t even thinking about next week until we just finished here. We’ll be ready. We’ll come out fired up. I’m excited for it.”
This was a complete and utter mismatch in every sense. Washington (7-1) accumulated 272 yards in the first half to East’s 2, if you want just a raw stastistical analysis.
East (0-8) came into the game being outscored on average by a 55-5 margin. The Trojans dressed just 19 players and do not have a sophomore team.
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With that in mind, Washington had a full sideline, with almost every member of the soph team making their varsity debut. Everyone played, Warriors starters less than a half.
Wash led at the break, 56-0, scoring 28 points each in the first and second quarters.
“I thought we were pretty sharp,” said Washington Coach Paul James. “We were doing the right things, reading our keys, blocking in the right places. You could tell the way we were moving the ball it seemed that way. You just kind of want to stay sharp. That was the focus. Stay sharp and get to a point where we could roll people in.”
Ian Thomas had three touchdown runs in the first half and 112 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Bryan Kunde had TD passes to Nick Bjornsen and Keiyon Smith-Allen.
Dostal has been his team’s Mr. Versatility and showed that with a 58-yard punt return and 88-yard interception return for touchdown. Senior back Connor Malcolm also had a TD run.
Sophomore Anthony Jones came in as a reserve and had 103 yards rushing on just six carries, including a 32-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. East scored twice in the fourth, on a Tyrell Gordon 5-yard QB keeper and 13-yard Gordon pass to Alijah Muhammad.
All-state defensive end O’Rien Vance sat out again Thursday with an ankle injury incurred in a loss two weeks ago to Cedar Falls. That loss is why Washington has to win next week to keep playing.
“We put ourselves in this position,” James said.
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