The Washington Demon football team took the loss in last night’s contest, falling to third-ranked Solon 37-14.

The first few possessions were a good defensive battle, with neither offense able to muster much of anything.  But an early Demon fumble gave Solon the ball deep in Washington territory, and that set the tone for the rest of the game.

The vast majority of the Spartan drives started deep in Demon territory, with only one first half possession starting on their side of the 50.  With such a short field ahead of them, Solon capitalized on seemingly every Demon mistake, going up 37-0 at the halftime break.

The second half saw new life in a Demon team that had beaten themselves as much as the Spartans has beaten them.  The play was almost perfect in terms of turnovers and penalties.  Working against a continuous clock, the Demons stormed down to score a their first touchdown of the night midway through the fourth quarter.  They would score one more time on an impressive drive that was capped off with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Kolton Hinrichsen.

After the game, head coach James Harris said he was proud of the fight his guys put up all through.  He says, after a loss like that, the only thing to do is keep moving forward.

“I’m very proud of our guys and how they kept battling, but I would have liked us to start and play a much cleaner game, ” Harris said.  “I guess what I’m most disappointed with is I feel that we’re a much better team than we showed in the first half.  But we have the opportunity to get back to work.  We’ve got to show up next week.”

The loss moves the Demons to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in district six play.  They will be back at home this Friday for their next action, taking on Fort Madison.  That game will be broadcast live on FM 106.1 starting at 7:00 with the Washington HyVee Pregame Show.  Kickoff is set for 7:30.