GAME OF THE WEEK
There was a belief on the Cedar Rapids Washington coaching staff before the season started that the offense would be multiple receivers, shotgun formation and wide open.
But a funny thing happened. Ground and pound began working and working great.
So that's what the Warriors stuck with, and they are running all the way to the UNI-Dome. Tavian Patrick rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown, and Johnny Dobbs added 122 and three scores as top-ranked Washington rolled past Iowa City West, 44-19, in a Class 4A playoff quarterfinal Friday night at Kingston.
Washington gets No. 2 Bettendorf in a battle of physical 12-0 teams next Friday in Cedar Falls. May the best rushing attack win.
“I've been surprised a little bit because at the start of the season, we were looking at maybe running some spread more, like we did last year,” said Washington Coach Paul James. “But we did so well in our “21” set, our regular right and left, that we just stayed with it and got better and better.”