Washington surprises Atchison in road opener

By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com
Photo courtesy of Washington High School

At the KCK Preps Media Day event, first-year Washington Wildcats head coach Bryan Salsgiver said his team would not be favored in any games this season.

That still may be true - but the odds-makers will be wrong in at least one game this year.

Washington shocked Atchison 20-19 on the road tonight, holding off Atchison on a last second two-point conversion.

Atchison, coming into the game with a 2-0 record, found themselves down early.

After a touchdown early on for Washington, sophomore quarterback Kalem Harrison found Lloyd Stanfield on a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to extend the lead to 12-0.

The Redmen would rally with the help of a hail mary touchdown pass to close the first half. Atchison would eventually take a 13-12 lead, but the Wildcats fought hard to regain the lead.

Marvin Bowens punched it in from one yard out to give the Wildcats a 20-13 lead.

They would keep the lead, but it was close.

Clarence Buford and Harrison had interceptions in the second half to end Atchison drives that extended deep into Washington territory.

But even then, it remained a battle for the Wildcats.

With just under 30 seconds left in the game, Atchison scored on a 50-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead down to 20-19. On their two-point conversion attempt, Atchison fumbled the stamp. An onside kick recovery by the Wildcats sealed the win for the Wildcats.

Atchison quarterback Tanner Huntington finished the game with 228 passing yards and three touchdowns.