Prep Football: Washington Wins Without Lombardi

By Erin Murphy, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald


By Grant Burkhardt

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Washington football team showed no ill effects of the controversy that surrounded the program during the week. The Warriors finished their regular season with a 38-0 trouncing of Dubuque Wahlert on Friday night at the Rock Bowl on the Loras College campus.

During the week, Washington coach Tony Lombardi was suspended for Friday’s game for a verbal altercation with an opponent’s player last week.

Assistant coach Maurice Blue took over Friday night, and the Warriors (3-6, 1-5) had no trouble dispatching the Golden Eagles (1-8, 0-6).

“When things are happening you can’t control, (the players) did a great job focusing,” Blue said.

Quarterback Mitch Blades ran for 103 yards and a touchdown and threw a pair of touchdown passes to receiver Jason Oney. Mitch Bredeson added a workman’s 86 yards on 20 rushes.

Washington went into the game needing a victory and significant outside help to earn an Iowa Class 4A postseason berth.

The Warriors limited Wahlert to 61 yards of total offense.

After an interception ended its opening drive, Washington scored on its next six possessions.

“We just wanted to make sure the seniors went out on a high note,” Blue said.

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