Patriots coast past Spring Mills

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SPRING MILLS — After Colin Gustines had three rapid-fire touchdowns and Washington had built a substantial first quarter lead over Spring Mills, the Patriots literally coasted to a 75-0 win at the palatial facilities of the newest Berkeley County high school.

Washington was 2-0 with its game-shortened success while the Cardinals went to 0-2. The Patriots will see Sherando on Friday at Marcus Field. The Warriors are 1-1 after beating Musselman and losing to Martinsburg.

Patric Baylor gets loose for one of Washington’s second-half touchdowns. The Patriots won easily, 75-0

Patric Baylor gets loose for one of Washington’s second-half
touchdowns. The Patriots won easily, 75-0

This was never more than a one-sided game. But the college-like facilities at Spring Mills High were on display and the home team filled its spacious stands and let its band play three patriotic songs at the half.

Spring Mills supporters needed some ways to put the 61-0 Washington lead in the shadows and they did so by focusing on the football facility, the concessions area and the state of the art high school itself.

There were 11 Washington touchdowns in all.

It was a 34-0 lead after the first quarter. Kendell Smith had two scoring catches from Matt Harris, one in the first quarter. An interception return was the fifth score of the opening quarter.

Dante Washington was able to score another three touchdowns — all in the second quarter.

Of note, the third quarter was reduced from the normal 12 minutes to only eight. And the fourth quarter was further reduced to only six minutes. While it was still running offensive plays, the Patriots had second-half scoring from Patric Baylor and Jake Kidwell.

When it became a 75-0 Washington lead, the Patriots had their quarterback take a knee on all of its fourth quarter offensive possessions, two of which began inside the Spring Mills 20-yard line.

The Cardinals managed less than 100 yards of total offense and lost four turnovers.

Washington had little or nothing go wrong. And it had a 61-0 lead by halftime.

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