Demons end home season in the big house

Published 2:44 pm Thursday, October 12, 2023

The Demons defense puts the heat on the Farmville Middle School quarterback. From left: Wyatt Johnson (880, Ross Moore (44) and Draken Blount (11)

Few would confuse Washington High School’s J.G. “Choppy” Wagner Stadium with Michigan Stadium, aka The Big House.

15 P.S. Jones Middle School 8th-graders might feel differently as they got a glimpse of their future in their last middle school home game, a 14-12 loss to Farmville Middle School on the Pam Pack’s home turf.

“It’s easier to schedule a game here now that the soccer team has its own field,” P.S. Jones coach John Scott Cutler said. “It’s great for the kids and gives them a taste of what the next step in their football careers will feel like.”

The scene felt worlds away from the usual game day routine of playing behind the middle school in the daylight. This was the big time under the bright lights.

“It was totally different,” Wyatt Johnson said. “All our guys have been looking forward to playing on the WHS field all year and it was better than we imagined, even though we lost. It makes us excited to play here next year and be part of the Pam Pack program.”

The Demons (1-4) tied the game, 6-6 on the last play of the first half as Draken Blount scored on a four-yard run.

Gabe West returned the second half kickoff to the Farmville 45 and Shamar Blow covered the final 19 yards for a 12-6 advantage.

“We had momentum at that point and our defense was playing great,” Cutler said. “They got us on a big play right at the end of the third quarter and that proved to be the difference.”

Farmville (4-2) converted a fourth down and 21 play into a 63-yard scoring pass and run and the Demons couldn’t come any closer.

“It was still a lot of fun,” Blow said. “It was really cool to score a touchdown on this field and hopefully there will be more when we get here next year.”

WHS head coach Matt Taylor prowled the sideline after his practice ended, inspecting his potential incoming players.

“This will be their field soon and I’m excited to coach them and get to know them as people,” he said. “They have a lot of potential, so I’m optimistic about the future.”