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CEDAR RAPIDS — Since he plays a lot of baseball, too, let’s describe what Drew Dostal did last Friday night in hardball terms. He hit a triple.
Stand up, by the way.
The Cedar Rapids Washington senior caught a touchdown pass in a 30-7 win at Mason City. That’s nothing new considering that was his seventh TD grab this season.
Dostal also ran for a touchdown, part of a 126-yard rushing night. To complete a complete game, he threw a TD pass.
“He’s a leader, a lot by example,” Washington Coach Paul James said. “He’ll step in and do whatever you ask of him for the betterment of the team.”
Washington asks Dostal to do almost everything. He is the Warriors’ starting free safety, punter, top kickoff returner and punt returner.
There’s nothing else left, is there? Washington (6-1) hosts Waterloo East (0-7) Thursday night at Kingston Stadium.
“He does the right things, works hard and is a versatile athlete,” James said. “He’s got speed, he’s got strength to break away from tackles or to block if we need blocks on the outside. He can play quarterback, can throw the ball. He can be elusive. He just has a lot of good qualities.”
Washington has struggled to run the football this season, so James decided to give Dostal some snaps at QB last week. He did the same last season a little, having him work out of the shotgun to provide a multiple threat.
Junior Bryan Kunde is more of a true dropback quarterback and has done a fine job, with 16 touchdown passes.
“We were just trying to switch it up, get some runs at QB and make the defense be honest,” Dostal said. “I was able to get open and have a few touchdowns. We just wanted to provide a different look out there and be able to make some more plays offensively.”
Make no mistake, Dostal is best at wide receiver, and that’s the position he prefers and wants to play in college. He hopes to play at the FCS level and mentioned Northern Iowa as a school that is recruiting him.
“I do prefer offense. I like scoring touchdowns,” he said. “I feel like I’m having a solid season and am hoping to continue it. But the important part is getting wins and making it to the Dome.”
Fourth-ranked Washington was stunned two weeks ago by Cedar Falls, which means it must win out just to qualify for the Class 4A playoffs. A lopsided win over East is expected, but the regular season concludes next week at seventh-ranked Waterloo West (7-0).
The Warriors are expected to be without all-state defensive end O’Rien Vance again Thursday. The Iowa State commit injured an ankle against Cedar Falls.
“They’ve kept working and realized that, like we said at that point, that it’s a seven-game season,” James said. “You keep winning, you keep playing. If you lose, you forget about all your goals of playoffs and everything like that.”
“Definitely a wake-up call,” Dostal said. “We weren’t expecting to lose. Now we have to win out, basically. That has gotten us motivated. We know we can’t lose.”
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