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I just wanted to share this. From our local newspaper, ‘The Banner-Gazette’ @

Senators, Musketeers split middle school games

The West Washington Junior High School football team traveled to Pekin last week for a showdown against East Washington Middle School for a pair of games.
The two contest were lopsided affairs with both schools claiming an easy win.
In the seventh-grade contest it was the host Musketeers who dominated play, 32-18, behind the strong running of Blake Feller and Zach Love.
The Senators sought redemption for a 20-0 loss to East Washington last year, and found it in a 50-18 win over the Musketeers behind an offensive explosion by Joe Pate and strong defense anchored by Lane McPheeters.
The following is a look at both of the games.
The four quarters of action was packed into the first quarter of play.
The Musketeers opened the game with 68-yard touchdown return by Blake Feller. East Washington’s Zach Love ran the point after touchdown and his team was up 8-0 with just 19 seconds off the clock.
West Washington didn’t answer on the kick off, but quickly moved the length of the field thanks to the accurate passing by Michael Sizemore and the power running of Landon McPheeters.
The Senators scored on a 27-yard pass play from Sizemore to Austin Woodward.
WW couldn’t convert the PAT, but trailed by just two, 8-6.
The next two plays from scrimmage only added to the fireworks.
East Washington took the ball and on the first play of scrimmage scored again off a 53-yard run by Love.
Vincent Coats ran the ball on the PAT and the Musketeers were head 16-6 with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Senators again had an answer. On their first play from scrimmage Sizemore connected with McPheeters on a 70-yard pass and run play.
West Washington again couldn’t convert the PAT and trailed 16-12.
On the ensuing kick-off, the Senators again kicked the ball to Feller and again paid the price for doing so.
Feller scampered 70 yards for his second run-back of the contest. Love again scored the PAT and East Washington led 24-12 with 2:18 remaining in the first quarter.
West Washington was driving again, looking for another answer, but the drive ended when Ridge Hall intercepted Sizemore’s pass.
The dust settled from there and each team only managed one score each for the rest of the game.
The Musketeers scored on on a 9-yard run by Love. This time, Feller added the PAT.
The Senators added a late score off a 50-yard run by McPheeters.
East Washington Coach Scott Stewart was happy with his team’s performance. The Musketeers ended the year 5-3.
“They really exceeded my expectations,” he said. “They got better each and every game.”
One of the players that improvement showed in was Feller.
“Blake was our unsung hero of the West Washington game,” Stewart said. “He had two kick-off returns, which everyone noticed, but he also did some hard running to pick up first downs that kept us in possession of the ball.”
The eighth-grade contest started with some fireworks as well, but this time it was West Washington drawing first blood.
When Lane Trueblood scored a touchdown and a PAT with 4:06 remaining in the first quarter.
Just like the seventh-grade contest, East Washington had an answer.
The Musketeers put together a drive and scored on a nice run by Coty Estes.
East Washington’s PAT attempt  failed and the Musketeers trailed by two 8-6.
From there, the Senators took the game over.
They added scores thanks to a balanced attack.
Joe Pate scored on a 50-yard run for West Washington. The Senators failed to convert the PAT, but led 14-6.
WW’s next possession ended when Lane Trueblood connected with Tristin Rippy on a five-yard pass play. Seth Miller scored the PAT and the Senators were in control 22-6.
Pate scored again, this time on a 50-yard pass from Trueblood. The Senators failed on the PAT attempt, but led 28-6 at the end of the first half.
The Musketeers looked determined to climb their way back in the contest to start the second half.
Ethan Watson came up with two big tackles for the Musketeers and Jon-Michael Beasley added a tackle for a loss and the Senators.
West Washington’s drive ended when East Washington’s Hayden Woolsey intercepted a pass and returned the ball inside the Senators 10-yard line.
The Musketeers took advantage of turnover and scored on a three-yard run by Beasley. EW couldn’t convert the PAT and trailed by 16, 28-12.
The Senators quickly answered and went back up by 22 when they scored on a 65-yard play.
Coach Zac Wilson gave Trueblood a lot of credit for West Washington’s offensive success.
“He was putting the ball where it needed to be more often than not and that’s always big for us,” he said. “Our line deserves credit to, but there were a few times we didn’t pick up the blitz on passes and runs so we gotta work on that this week and they know it. the line coach, me, is never satisfied!”
At the end of the game, West Washington had two kick-offs. Instead of kicking deep, the Senators opted for the squib and some folks thought that was uncalled for, but Coach Zac Wilson said they weren’t on-side attempts.
“Just so its clear we were in no way trying to onside kick,” Wilson said. “They were supposed to be short kicks to the second row. The first one (Trueblood) almost missed entirely and it went to the front row kid. The second one went to the second row but wasn’t fielded cleanly and we recovered it.
“. . . I know some people were upset about those things last night and I apologize for it but there was nothing I or any of my other coaches could do about it.”
The Senators improved to 6-0-1 on the eighth-grade level. East Washington finished the year with a 4-5.