Stuever brothers, Warriors sink Hobart
WASHINGTON - For District 2A-3, the first seven weeks of the season were just a warmup. For the top four teams, the real season began Friday night.
That included Washington and Hobart, which went into the night in a 4-way tie for first place in the district. The winner would take one step closer to a district title.
It was the Warriors who took that step with a 35-16 victory over the Bearcats at Washington High's stadium.
"I thought they played well," Hobart coach Colt Allison said. "The effort was great. They played until the end. We were just a few plays, fingertips away from completing those long passes down field that would have blown the game open for us, I thought."
Hobart didn't have the type of start to a big game that the Bearcats would like. They allowed Washington's Tyler Stuever to take the opening kick-off back 100 yards for a touchdown. It could have set the tone for the rest of the night.
The Bearcats next possession drove deep into the Warriors territory, before quarterback Brett Perry fumbled.
However, Washington gave it right back when they muffed a punt attempt and the Bearcats took over on the 13-yard line. Three plays later Perry made up for the turnover when he threw a jump ball in the back of the end zone and the 6-2, 160 pound Joe Greaves came down with it.
The game was tied at 7-7.
Hobart's defense controlled Washington for much of the second quarter. They sacked quarterback Kylen Lanham repeatedly and shut down the Warriors option running attack.
"Our defensive staff had a great game plan, especially in the first half," Allison said. "We're right there."
However, with under two minutes left in the half, Washington found a way to get its offense going with short passes to Tyler Stuever. Then, with 21 seconds left on the clock, Lanham found the other Stuever brother, Travis, for a touchdown. The ball was tipped in the end zone but it Travis was able to haul it in and give WHS a 14-7 halftime advantage.