Making big plays is nothing new to Claremore senior fullback/linebacker Brenton Washausen.
In baseball, Washausen keeps a powerful bat in his arsenal. He can delivered at any given moment, and likes to go ‘yard’ with two strikes.
Now that it’s fall, the Zebra football coaches are hoping Washausen can bring that same mentality to the gridiron every Friday night.
In the final preseason scrimmage Friday night at Exchange Bank Stadium, Washausen flashed signs of dominance.
On defense, during the first 12-play series, Washausen made two tackles and recovered a fumble in the backfield.
Then, when Claremore’s first-team offense, began its 12-play series, Washausen caught a 15-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Matt Whatley for a first down and also scampered 25 yards through the middle of the Skiatook defense for the Zebras’ only touchdown.
Along with Washausen, Claremore’s first-team defense held Skiatook to one touchdown.
Linebackers Bryson Short, Cunningham and Washausen clogged the middle and held Skiatook running back Conner Appleberg to negative yards, while interior linemen Dylan Foxworth, Hunter Freeman and Aaron Patterson kept the pressure on Bulldogs’ quarterback Cole Binkley.
Earlier this month, Claremore head coach Rob Gilbreath called Washausen the ‘sleeper on this team’.
“We’re expecting big things out of ‘Wash’,” Gilbreath said. “We know his capability of making things happen on the baseball field, and we’re hoping he brings that same winning attitude to the football field.”
Offensively, Claremore running back Chris Szcinski stole the show with his speed and elusiveness.
Once Szcinski hit the outside, the senior tailback turned on the after-burners and gained 20-plus yards being chased down.
Through the air, Whatley completed first-down passes to Washausen, as well as 30-yard catch-and-run strike to senior running back Chase Talbert.
In the junior varsity scrimmage, Claremore sophomore running back Gage Meisinger gained 50 yards on eight carries, including a 20-yard scamper down the left sideline.
Quarterback Brinley Brown also completed passes to Caleb Webster, Hunter Garroutte and Meisinger out of the backfield.
Claremore opens the season on Thursday against Oologah.