CEDAR RAPIDS — Speed kills, or so the old saying goes.
And it was the team speed of the Cedar Rapids Washington High School football team which did in Burlington.
The Warriors ran around, through and over the Grayhounds, piling up 663 yards of total offense in a 61-21 rout of the Grayhounds in a Class 4A District 5 game on Friday night at Kingston Stadium.
BHS coach Zach Shay knew the Warriors’ speed would give his team problems, but he never imagined it would be quite this bad.
“It’s kind of the same scenario with a lot of the other teams. They have a lot of team speed and it showed,” Shay said. “Their back (Anthony Jones) was fast. (Marcus Robinson-Marsh) was fast. Their quarterback was athletic. It’s hard to coach speed. Speed kills. That’s what I saw, especially on their offense.”
Washington (3-5 overall, 1-3 district) piled the yards and racked up the points like a pinball machine against a BHS (2-6, 0-4) defense that never had a chance.
After BHS forced a Washington punt on the opening possession of the game, the Warriors scored on six of their next eight possession to open a 47-14 halftime lead.
Just how good was Washington’s speedy offense? Consider:
• The Warriors rolled up 167 yards of offense and eight first downs in the first quarter alone, 32 yards and three first downs more than BHS had in the entire first half;
• The Warriors had 10 plays of 15 yards or more in the first half and 15 for the game;
• Washington’s average scoring drive in the first half was six plays and 54 yards in 1 minute, 6 seconds.
• Senior running back Jones gashed the BHS defense for 313 rushing yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns.
“Every team in our district has somebody, whether it’s the two that Central has or the multiple weapons that Bettendorf has,” Shay said. “They were the same way. They have multiple guys who can do some good things in the open field.”
But BHS had plenty of bright spots to build on despite the lopsided score.
Freshman quarterback Brock Dengler, in his first start, completed 5-of-16 passes for 70 yards, including a 15-yard scoring toss to Carlton Martinez-Hale in the second quarter.
“If we could have got our run game going a little bit... He throws a nice fade pass to Carlton for a touchdown and he had a slant he hit that was nice,” Shay said. “Their D-line batted down a lot of passes. He certainly is the future of Grayhound football and he’s only going to get better. That’s a freshman out there in 4A football. I was impressed with his poise.”
Senior Taven Harris was held to just 34 yards on 14 carries in the first half before finishing with 161 yards on 36 carries, his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game. He also returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score.
“We couldn’t get our running game going in the first half. We did better the second half,” Shay said. “They ran a 4-4 scheme and they kept bringing multiple linebacker pressures. Our O’line didn’t know where the pressure was coming from.That’s where you’ve got to be able to throw the ball a little bit to loosen them up. They definitely keyed on Taven.”
K.T. Thompson rushed for 59 yards and Mark Smith had a long kickoff return. They likely will be the Grayhounds’ starting backfield next year.
“K.T. is a hard runner. He’s a different kind of runner that Taven is,” Shay said. “Mark is more of a straight-line runner, a state 100 track guys. He showed it tonight on a couple kickoff returns.”
On this night, BHS simply had no answer for the Warriors’ team speed.
“I think as far as our backfield and up front, there are some outstanding things to be excited about,” Shay said. “We’ve got to get better on defense. We’ve got to improve our tackling and our team speed.”
3rd Down Efficiency;4-16;6-10
4th Down Efficiency;2-8;2-3
Time of possession;28:12;19:48
Scoring by quarters
CRW—Lincoln Riley 14 pass from Braydon Wright (Bennett Cooper kick)
CRW—Anthony Jones 1 run (kick failed)
CRW—Jones 13 run (Cooper kick)
CRW—Marcus Robinson-Marsh 18 pass from Henry Clymer (kick failed)
B—Taven Harris 89 kickoff return (Brock Dengler kick)
B—Carlton Martinez-Hale 15 pass from Dengler (Dengler kick)
CRW—Riley 40 pass from Clymer (kick failed)
CRW—Robinson-Marsh 3 run (Cooper kick)
CRW—Jason Techau 18 pass from Wright (Wright pass to Robinson-Marsh)
B—Harris 61 run (Dengler kick)
CRW—Robinson-Marsh 87 run (Cooper kick)
CRW—Jones 3 run (Cooper kick)
RUSHING: Burlington — Harris 36-161, K.T. Thompson 17-59, Mark Smith 2-9, Dengler 2-0 Cedar Rapids Washington — Jones 25-313, Robinson-Marsh 4-102, Wright 6-16, Riley 1-10, Clymer 3-3.
PASSING: Burlington — Dengler 5-16-1-70, Martinez-Hale 1-1-0-6, Harris 1-1-0-15. Cedar Rapids Washington — Wright 11-23-1-94, Clymer 7-12-1-132.
RECEIVING: Burlington — Martinez-Hale 4-77, Harris 1-6, Blake Myers 1-8, Dontarius Sawyer 1-0. Cedar Rapids Washington — Justin Scherman 4-83, Riley 6-76, Robinson-Marsh 2-26, Techau 1-18, Max Bjornsen 1-15, Immanuel Rowland 1-9, Carter Bell 1-2, Jones 1-0.