Dogs expire a bit in 37-7 win over Washington
Chuck Vandenberg, current editor of Pen City
FORT MADISON — After starting the year 3-0 but trailing every game so far, the Fort Madison Bloodhounds needed a break.
They got it Friday night, earning a 37-7 win over Washington in out-of-district football action in Southeast Iowa.
Kane Williams scored three touchdowns, all on passes from senior quarterback Aidan Boyer, as the Hounds’ defense held the Demons out of the end zone until a last-minute touchdown ruined the shutout .
Boyer finished the night with his best outing of the year at 23 of 30 for 229 yards and four points. The other touchdown came from Henry Wiseman who passed on the visitors’ sideline for 33 yards dipping over the goal line as the secondary closed in.
Wiseman’s touchdown was the first score of the game on Fort Madison’s third play from scrimmage.
Boyer said he had good pace with about four receivers and would throw out of the backfield as well. This success turned into another successful start to the season.
“It’s really important. A lot of people doubted us this year with the losses of Landes (Williams) and Tate (Johnson), but we have players to make up for them this year,” Boyer said.
He said the good night with Williams is a byproduct of the time spent together.
“We worked together all summer, in the weight room and after practice. It all trickled down to that.”
Boyer said he was looking for unique coverage on one of those receivers and wasn’t afraid to go beyond that, despite a steady diet of screen passes when the Demons used two men to cover. three large outlets.
The Demons adjusted in the second half and the Hounds got to work running the ball, then went back on the outside with the passing game.
Fort Madison would score on its second possession to cap a 50-yard drive in six games with a 15-yard run catcher from Boyer to Williams for a 13-0 lead with the PAT missed.
The Demons would be thrown on four downs on their next possession, then the Bloodhounds would get to work on a 14-play, 75-yard drive to the Demon 7.
Williams would get his second touchdown by shaking off a few tackles on a screen and sliding into the end zone for a 20-0 lead with Boeding’s extra point.
Washington would set up its best drive of the night from its own 29-yard line. Seventeen plays later on their own 21-yard line against 4th and 15th, Ethan Patterson would throw incomplete to hand the ball to the Bloodhounds.
Fort Madison would push the ball to Demon 1 with 12 to go in the first half and not be able to cross the goal line. Boeding would split the amounts with a 17-yard field goal to give Fort Madison a 23-0 locker room lead.
Washington would make some adjustments and force the Hounds to kick their first possession of the second half, but the Hounds defense again ruled out the Demon offense on four plays forcing a punt.
The Bloodhounds went six games and 4th and 4th were forced to punt. Washington let the ball bounce off the back man and into the air where Nathaniel Swigart caught it midway and ran into the end zone.
However, under IHSAA rules, the ball could not be advanced by the kicking team, and the Hounds took over at Demon 18. At the very next snap, Williams found himself behind the secondary and a hauled his third TD of the night for a 30-0 lead.
Teague Smith would cap the Hounds’ score with a 2-yard dive in the fourth quarter to make it 37-0 and set the clock before the Demons scored the final touchdown in the closing moments.
Head coach Derek Doherty said the victory let the Hounds know what they could be.
“I hope this will make us believe in what we can do. It’s kind of what we talked about. We know what we are capable of if we go out and be us. I hope this message has been sent home,” Doherty says.
“I think they’ve learned who they can be and that’s really important. It worked out tonight, but we’ll go back to the drawing board and try to do some magic next week.”
Doherty said the Hounds were caught a little off guard in the third quarter when Washington (2-2) did different things defensively on short screens.
“They were covering our threes with twos and we did a good job of taking advantage of that. But then they started playing their cover games and they caught us off guard for a while. But once we settled down, we were doing what we did in the first half.”
Wiseman and Williams each had six catches for a combined 133 yards. Boeding had four catches for 44 yards.
Smith had 64 yards on 16 carries and one score. Boyer had 29 rushing yards.
Hayden Segoviano again led the Hounds defensively with 12.5 tackles, eight solo and three for a loss. Fort Madison combined for five sacks on the night.
Fort Madison heads to Mt. Pleasant next week to open the District 4A-3 action.
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