The final score of the football game didn’t matter.
For the record, the Black team defeated the Orange team 28-0 Friday night at Babcook Field as part of Washington’s annual “Inside Panther Night” fall sports preview.
Washington football coach Darrell Crouch said he and his assistant coaches were focused on more than the scoreboard during the intra-squad game.
“We looked at how everyone competed, especially when things weren’t going their way, and who was making plays,” he said. “A couple of players caught our attention.”
The teams were selected by coaches to hopefully keep them even.
“For example, if one team got the starting right tackle on offense, the other team got the starting left tackle,” Crouch said.
Players called their own plays on offense and defense.
Backup quarterback Brady Klein led the Black team to the win.
He had dangerous weapons in top running back Sam Walter and J.J. Guedet, a monster in the trenches.
A two-way lineman, Guedet will graduate from Washington in December and head to the University of Minnesota to begin his football and academic career there.
Guedet will play offensive tackle and defensive end this season for the Panthers.
“J.J. is 6-7 and 290 pounds,” Crouch said. “He has one of the best bodies for football we’ve had at Washington for a long time. He’s going to get a lot of double-teams on defense this season that will open the way for our linebackers to make tackles.”
Starting quarterback Caleb Fisher didn’t put any points on the board Friday for the Orange team, but Crouch expects the three-year starter will lead a dangerous offense.
Washington made it to the Class 5A semifinals last year before losing to eventual state runner-up Dunlap. The Panthers will open the 2018 season at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at home against Mahomet-Seymour.
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