SHORT GAP — Washington’s last touchdown in Friday’s 26-6 win over homestanding Frankfort was a capsule of how the Patriots, now 4-3 overall, marred the Falcons’ unbeaten record for the second straight year.
Leading by two touchdowns, Washington took possession on its own 21. The Patriots steadily moved downfield behind the running of senior halfback Colin Gustines. It took the Patriots nine running plays to build a definitive 20-point lead with another Gustines’ touchdown.
That drive had taken only nine plays to move 79 yards and score a fourth time.
And Gustines carried on all nine plays.
Gustines carried 27 times in all as the Patriots burst the unbeaten bubble of the Class AA Falcons. He had 244 rushing yards on the night in the game staged in Mineral County.
It was a Gustines’ 65-yard run that boosted Washington to an early lead in the first quarter.
The Patriots increased their advantage to two scores when quarterback Matt Harris threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot-5 wide receiver Kendell Smith.
Washington’s defense provided the third score of the night.
R.J. Wilson scored on a fumble recovery return to move the Patriots farther ahead at 20-0.
Gustines’ second score came when he capped the nine-play, 79-yard drive with his TD burst.
The Patriots will take their budding two-game winning streak against Musselman when they host the Applemen on Friday at Terry Marcus Field.
Following the Musselman game, the Patriots travel to Hampshire on Nov. 1 and close out the regular season back at home on Nov. 8 against county rival, Jefferson.