Washington makes a splash in opener

[cleeng_content id="785576409" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]CHARLES TOWN — Three Washington High touchdowns in the first quarter were followed by two more scores in the next quarter as the Patriots built a 27-point lead by halftime before completing a 47-14 win over Hedgesville at Marcus Field.

The Patriots amassed 422 yards of total offense with both Colin Gustines and Dante Washington rushing for more than 100 yards. Gustines scored three touchdowns and receiver Kendell Smith scored twice on passes thrown his way by quarterback Matt Harris. Harris threw for three touchdowns in the rout.

Washington receiver Kendell Smith uses his 6-foot-5 frame to outjump a Hedgesville defender. Smith’s catch was one of his two touchdowns in Washington’s victory.

Washington receiver Kendell Smith uses his 6-foot-5 frame to outjump a Hedgesville defender. Smith’s catch was one of his two touchdowns in Washington’s victory.

Hedgesville had no success running against the Patriot defense, and had some overall yardage and both its scores through the air.

Gustines and Smith had the points in Washington’s 21-0 first-quarter lead. Gustines scored on runs of 56 and 32 yards and Smith took a 36-yard scoring throw from Harris.

Gustines literally took away any momentum the Eagles had gained from a Troy Markley-to-Dominic Phebus TD pass to begin the second period when he returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a 28-7 Patriot lead.

The Patriots then tore out to a 47-7 lead when Washington broke free on a 14-yard scoring run, Kyle Athey accepted a 36-yard TD pass and Smith added his second score with a nine-yard grab of a Harris pass.

Hedgesville’s last points came in the last minute of the fourth period.

The Patriots recovered four Hedgesville fumbles and intercepted Markley once. Harris was 8-for-13 with his passes for 142 yards. He was also intercepted once.

Gustines carried 16 times for 171 yards and Washington was called on 14 times and totaled 104 rushing yards.

Smith had five receptions for 74 yards. Athey had Washington’s other three catches for 68 yards.

The Patriots go on the road on Friday to see Spring Mills at 7 p.m. in Berkeley County. The Cardinals will be at home for the first time after opening at Jefferson last week.

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