What developed was a defensive battle as most of those top prospects are standout on the defensive side of the football. Washington quarterback Cordale Grundy had a solid night and the word circulating before the game is that Kansas State is interested in the Hornets leader.
His pass to Tariq Bitson that went for a 25-yard gain late in the second quarter to set up a Luke Beasley 21-yard field goal just before half to make it 3-0 in favor of Washington.
Scoring opened up in the second half as Grundy completed a short pass in the flat to junior running back Justice Hill, who made two moves and then cut it straight up the field for the 48-yard touchdown. Washington led 10-0, but not for long.
On the ensuing kickoff, Dimeco Wright caught the ball on the 1-yard line and took it up the middle first and then cut it to the outside for a 99-yard kickoff return for touchdown. The kicker, Beasley had an angle on Wright, but the 5-7, 132-pounder just turned on the juice and ran right by Beasley as if he were standing still. The two-point conversion was no good and Washington maintained a 10-6 lead.
In the fourth quarter a promising Midwest City drive was killed with a Kendall Sweet interception, the first of two by the Washington player. With close to two minutes left and the Bombers moving again around midfield, Sweet picked off a Brendan Brown pass that went through the hands of top-flight national recruit Will Sunderland, our top-ranked player in Oklahoma. Sweet grabbed the ball with a full head of steam and went 52 yards for the touchdown and a 17-6 lead.
The Bombers scored on the last play when Brown launched a long pass to Michael Colston but it was too little, too late as number-three knocked off number-one 17-12.
Part two of our report will delve into scouting reports on the wide range of prospects from both these teams.