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.