CEDAR RAPIDS — Blink and you’ll miss two touchdowns. In a matchup between a pair of teams searching for their first district win, Cedar Rapids Washington jumped all over Burlington for 47 first-half points on its way to a 61-21 victory Friday night at Kingston Stadium.
Entering the night, the Warriors (3-5, 1-3) had to figure they needed to find a way to slow down Taven Harris. The Greyhounds (2-6, 0-4) halfback came in second in Class 4A with 1,492 rushing yards. Washington accomplished that, but the way the offense was humming, it mattered not.
The star performance of the night came from Washington halfback Anthony Jones. Jones finished with a whopping 308 yards and three touchdowns.
“That sounds pretty good to me from how I’ve been doing these past couple of weeks,” Jones said. “My guys got me in the groove.”
The Warriors ran 54 first-half plays for an astounding 438 yards from scrimmage. Three lost fumbles before the break didn’t phase them. Thirteen of those plays went for 15 yards or more.
Harris was bottled up for much of the first half. In the meantime, Jones had all the room he wanted. Jones racked up 122 yards on the ground and two scores during the first quarter as the Warriors built a 20-0 lead. Jones ripped off a 57-yard run down the left sideline on his first touch during the second quarter to set up another score.
Unable to get anything going from the line of scrimmage, Harris exploded for an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Following a Washington fumble, Brock Dengler found Carlton Martinez-Hale for a 15-yard score to trim the defecit to 26-14 with 7:40 to play in the half.
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Any thoughts of the game slipping away were quickly erased as Henry Clymer hit Justin Scherman for 34 yards and found Lincoln Riley in the end zone for a 40-yard score. The Warriors closed the half with two more quick touchdowns.
Harris got loose for 125 yards in the second half, 61 of those coming on an early fourth-quarter touchdown run. Once again, the Warriors responded. Marcus Robinson-Marsh took off 87 yards out of the wildcat, untouched and Jones added his third and final score.