Washington Wants More

Losing to powerhouse Joliet Catholic the past two seasons can play mind games on a program but Washington High School has come back again this year in a big way and they want more than a one and done play-off run.

Washington heads into play-off action with an 8-1 record with the only loss coming to rival Metamora. The Panthers open up play-off action against Dunlap, a team they beat 35-14 earlier this year.

Keep an eye on the Panthers, they had to overcome adversity before the season even started and they are a confident bunch.

"Our leading rusher from last year decided not to play this year deciding to concentrate on wrestling after accepting a scholarship offer from Boise State," said Washington coach Daryl Crouch.

"We also had a two-way player decide to concentrate on baseball after he accepted a scholarship offer to play for Southern Illinois Edwardsville."

"We've got a bunch of overachievers this year. We lost to Joliet Catholic the last two years in the play-offs with pretty good teams. I thought we'd have a good one again this year but we lost a couple of pretty good players.

"I'm pleased with the way our kids came together this year. We were three points away from being undefeated. We've overcome some injuries from earlier this season and we are peaking at the right time."

The Panthers are led on offense by 6-foot-1, 175-pound all-state quarterback Isaac Fisher. The three-year varsity starter has thrown for 5,000 yards in his career.

Washington's defense has been a true team effort but keep an eye on sophomore middle linebacker Chris Friend and two-way star Dakota Bullard.

Looking ahead. A re-match with conference rival Metamora in the second round of the play-offs.

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