SOUTH BEND — The sprinklers popped on at Jackson Field at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, causing a chuckle in the crowd and a momentary halt to the action near the end of what was already a lopsided season-opening high school football game.
But by the time the unexpected moisture came along, the sweat of Concord starters was trying with the Minutemen taking a 42-0 lead early in the third quarter on the way to a 42-6 rout of South Bend Washington.
Concord quarterback Trevor Wilmore ran for three touchdowns (3, 8 and 7 yards) and passed for two more (6 yards to Jarrell Pointdexter and 26 to Kyle Moreno) and Pointdexter scored on a 45-yard punt return while Ryan Tepe booted six extra points, but it was the Minutemen defense that helped lead the visitors in the laugher.
“We were all just running to the football,” said Concord middle linebacker Duncan Boone. “Our down four (Curtis Brown-Watson, Steven Gattman, Michael McQueen and Matt Moreno) were putting pressure on (starting) quarterback (Sean Caplinger).”
The Minutemen made the Panthers punt the football nine times on the night, including six in the first half.
Concord racked up five sacks in the first two quarters in building a 35-0 lead. The Minutemen wound up holding Washington to minus-27 yards on the ground.
The first half was played at a frenzied pace with each team using a no-huddle offense and throwing the football often.
“We like the tempo,” said Concord coach Tim Dawson. “That’s what we do. We play a fast-tempo game if we’re clicking.”
The Minutemen were indeed clicking while racking up 274 yards of total offense — 179 rushing — before intermission.
“It was a great first half for us in all phases of the game (offense, defense and special teams),” said Dawson. “We came out and set a tone.
“I can tell something about this team already. It’s not satisfied. It expects to play well.”
Concord dressed nearly twice as many players as Washington and with the outcome all but decided by the half, Dawson was able to get many players into the contest.
No less than 14 players touched the football for the Minutemen as runners, passers or receivers.
The only negative for Concord?
“The second half was a little sloppy,” said Dawson, who did see his team draw most of its 14 penalties in the final two quarters.
Next up for the Minutemen is a Northern Lakes Conference home game at Jake Field. Concord has won the last nine meetings. Memorial last bested the Minutemen in 2003.