Washington wins opener over Atchison

Senior defensive back Tywan Muturi grabbed an interception and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown to give the Washington Wildcats a 6-0 lead. Washington won the game 40-14. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
 

by Brian Turrel

Washington High School opened the new football season with a 40-14 victory over Atchison, its first defeat of Atchison since 2013.

The Wildcats’ defense dominated the contest, preventing the Redmen from mounting an aerial attack, and bottling up the inside run. The pass defense issued an early warning when defensive back Tywan Muturi picked off an Atchison pass and ran it back for the game’s first score.

On offense, Washington platooned its two quarterbacks, getting productive play from each.

Senior quarterback Thomas Anderson mostly stuck to the ground game, collecting two fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns as well as running in the two-point conversions after each of his scores.

Junior Cory Macon preferred to roll out and throw deep. He completed a touchdown throw to MarKeith Grayson in the fourth quarter.

Muestafa Conway and Jason Black each picked up a rushing touchdown, in the first and third quarters.

Washington will play next Friday at Harmon, starting at 7 p.m. The Hawks snapped their 35-game losing streak at Turner on Friday night.

Senior quarterback Thomas Anderson was upended on a tackle but kept control of the ball. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Senior running back Muestafa Conway raced down the right sideline for a touchdown. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
MarKeith Grayson dived to catch a pass along the sideline in the fourth quarter. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Senior linemen Micah Johnson (56) and Quincy Spencer (50) protected Thomas Anderson (13), who picked up a touchdown on a run around the right side. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
The Washington marching band performed at halftime. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
The Washington marching band dancers performed at halftime. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Sophomore running back Jason Black turned a negative play into a 38-yard touchdown run by breaking across the field of play and down the right sideline. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Senior receiver Antion Foster tried to escape from an Atchison tackler. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Senior receiver MarKeith Grayson caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Cory Macon in the fourth quarter. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Senior defensive back Thomas Anderson pulled down an interception. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)