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The 18th-ranked Washburn Ichabods made it look easy in three straight wins to start the season. All of them were double-digit victories and Washburn has outscored its opponents 160-33 on the year.
“I think just overall team defense,” Washburn head coach Craig Schurig said. “When we’ve had chances for turnovers we’ve gotten them and when you score on defense and score on special teams it’s usually a good day for you,”
Washburn’s starting defense is tops in the MIAA as the Ichabods have only allowed two offensive touchdowns.
“It’s like a dog eat dog out there,” Washburn senior linebacker Willie Williams said. “You’re scratching and scraping just to make a play. We’re like animals. We call ourselves a pack of wolves. That’s what we do. We howl. And the wolves are hungry this year and everybody is getting after it and it’s amazing that everybody is having fun, everybody is making plays.”
The defense is allowing an average of 11 points a game and Saturday’s win over Northeastern State (45-3) was the fewest points the Ichabods had given up since 2011.
“Every week I tell the guys we want a goose egg,” MIAA Defensive Player of the Week Bryce Atagi said. “We don’t anybody to score. When you hold teams to 11 points or 3 points last week it’s just a great thing and puts offenses in good situations and you just keep feeding them the ball back and you’re going to keep putting up big points and just looking forward to another opportunity this week to do the same thing.”
Washburn returns home on Saturday to face Central Oklahoma. Kickoff is at 2:37 PM and will be televised as the MIAA TV Game of the Week.