Commanders tame Mustangs, 24-12

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WC to kick off season with Gash at QB

By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls


Sun Sports Writer

The time for all the talk, all the second-guessing and all the pre-season speculation is over. This Friday night, the Washington County Commanders will step onto the field for their season opener against Shawnee in Louisville, and this time it counts.

The Commanders have spent the past few weeks preparing for this moment, with their intra-squad blue/gold scrimmage on August 7 and a game simulation scrimmage against North Oldham last Friday.

Washington County had an impressive showing Friday against the Mustangs as the defense held North Oldham scoreless in the first quarter of play. The Mustangs failed to put anything together on their first series of 10 plays. However, the Commanders wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as quarterback Michael Gash hit receiver Alex Simms for a touchdown on their first play of the scrimmage to go up 6-0.

Simms got WC into the end zone again a few minutes later as he hauled in another Gash pass.

With 1:31 left in the first quarter, senior back Tyree Railey rushed for the third WC TD of the game to put the Commanders up 18-0.

Washington County took a 24-0 lead in the second quarter when Ben Simms dove into the end zone for the fourth and final Commander touchdown. North Oldham finally got on the board with 4:15 left in the half to make the score 24-6. Neither team managed any points in the third quarter. The Mustangs scored again with 3:54 left in the fourth, but it was too little, too late as at the end of four quarters, the Commanders doubled up the Mustangs 24-12.

“There were some good things and then there are some things that need to be corrected,” said WC head coach Mark Perry. “We left two inside the 10-yard-line and you’d feel better if this was 36-12 instead, but that’s why you scrimmage, to show you what you need to work on and get better. Overall, we learned some good things and stayed pretty healthy.”

Gash looked strong as the QB, moving the team down the field and into the end zone. Sophomore Trae Abell also had a strong outing at the helm. Perry said the starting slot this Friday will be determined after he has a chance to review the game fottage and make some evaluations.

“(Gash) made a lot of good throws and made some good decisions that led our offense to four early scores,” Perry added. “We needed to finish those last two though. If you remember last year in our second scrimmage, our red zone offense stumbled a couple of times. Obviously, you don’t show everything in a scrimmage but nonetheless, you’ve got to buckle down and go score.

The Commanders open the season this Friday night when the head to Louisville to face Shawnee. Catch all the action live on 100.9 MIKE FM with the pre-game show starting at 7 p.m.

“They’re ready to go play, hopefully we’ll have a good crowd at Shawnee,” Perry said. “But there’s room for improvement and we’ve just got to get better each week. Shawnee is just the first step.”