Ichabods top Fort Hays State in MIAA opener

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Washburn Ichabods used a big first half putting up
270 yards of total offense en route to a 28-10 win over Fort Hays State
to open the MIAA season. With the win, Washburn improves to 2-1 overall
and 1-0 in the MIAA. The Tigers fall to 2-1 and 0-1 in conference play.
Washburn will be back in action as they continue MIAA play against
Central Missouri at 1 p.m. in Yager Stadium.
Washburn took the opening kickoff scoring on their first drive as
Ra’Shawn Mosley went 68 yards on the second play of the game putting the
Ichabods up 7-0.
The Tigers would take possession and go 12 plays covering 41 yards, but
would end up empty as Justin Barr’s field goal attempt from 32 yards was
pushed left giving the ball back to Washburn.
On the Ichabods’ next drive, Jordan Brill would connect with Nathan
Gasswick for a 17-yard touchdown reception capping a 80-yard, four-yard
drive putting the Ichabods up 14-0.
After trading three-and-outs, Cary Williams picked off his second pass
of the season setting up the Ichabods at the Washburn 32. The Ichabods
would drive 68 yards in eight plays as Brandon Walker scampered in from
7-yards out to increase the Washburn lead to 21-0.
Once again, the Tigers went on a six-plus minute drive, but came up
empty as Barr’s field goal attempt from 42 yards hit the left upright to
end the threat.
After the Ichabods were forced to punt, the Tigers got on the scoreboard
via a 3-yard pass completion from Shane Hackson to Nate Stroup cutting
the Washburn lead to 21-7.
After receiving the kickoff, Washburn worked the two-minute drill to
perfection going 63 yards in eight plays as Brill connected with
Drameagon Powers for a 12-yard touchdown strike putting the Ichabods up
28-7.
The Ichabods put up 270 yards of total offense up in the first half
while the Washburn defense held the Tigers to 125 yards overall.
In the second half, neither team could get much going as the Tigers
scored on their second drive of the half as Barr hit a 35-yard field
goal to wrap up the scoring for both teams.
The Ichabods were led on the ground by Mosley, who picked up 106 yards
on 14 carries and the one touchdown on the opening drive.
Brill finished with 297 yards passing completing 18 of 32 passes and two
touchdowns.
Jake Lebahn had a career-high 124 yards receiving on four receptions.
Powers also had four receptions and 81 yards.
Jordan Hickel was held to 67 yards rushing by the Ichabod defense after
entering the game averaging 88 yards per game.
Ryne Salyer led the Tigers with 176 yards passing.
Zach Watkins led the Ichabod defense with 14 tackles, including a tackle
for loss. Casey Curran, Mitch Birt, Aaron Hicks and Ben Bianchino each
had six tackles.
On offense, the Ichabods finished with 386 total yards and the Tigers
compiled 304.


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