Homecoming patrons witness Panther rout

Bryan Veginski
Conversion is good: Washington senior Andrew Watson completes the two-point conversion Friday on a pass from Isaac Fisher in the second quarter of the Panthers’ 57-13 Homecoming victory over Pekin. Washington registered 41 points in the period.

The Washington football team kept spirits high Friday night.

The Panthers’ 57-13 bashing of Mid-Illini Conference foe Pekin at Babcook Field made Homecoming festive.

Washington (6-0, 5-0) played up to its No. 4 Associated Press Class 5A state ranking with a 41-point second quarter.

The win officially clinched a third consecutive playoff berth for the Panthers, who have many bigger goals in mind in the coming weeks.

Washington was not slowed by the adverse conditions.

“For us, this shouldn’t matter,” WCHS head coach Darrell Crouch said of the rainy weather. “We’re going to run the ball and it’s tougher for (Pekin’s) offense.”

He added the team threw and caught the ball well when it was raining.

Justin Riley and Colton Underwood ran for two touchdowns apiece. Both seniors also crossed the 100-yard plateau.

Underwood added a receiving touchdown as well. Robert Izaguirre and Andrew Watson also caught touchdown passes for the Panthers.

Washington’s Dylan Reel opened the scoring with a four-yard TD run, the lone points of the first quarter.

Fisher surpassed the century mark threw the air. His longest completion was 50 yards to Underwood.

A 49-0 Panther lead at halftime necessitated a running clock in the second half.

The Dragons mustered less than 60 yards of offense, compared to nearly 450 for Washington.

“The defense came out pretty crisp and played hard,” said Crouch.

The Panthers now have outscored their first six foes 251-50.

Steve Daggs contributed to this story

Motoring to Morton: Washington is the guest for the Morton (3-3, 3-2) Homecoming game.

The Potters’ victories have come against Pekin, Canton and Limestone, who are a combined 2-16.

But in Morton’s defeats against Sterling, Dunlap and East Peoria, it has trailed by only a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Following two straight losses to the Potters, Washington has won three consecutive matchups against one of its biggest rivals, including in a 5A first-round playoff game in 2007.