CEDAR RAPIDS — “Next man in” apparently isn’t entirely exclusive to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Cedar Rapids Washington football team adopted it last night, with Alex Carr that next man in. He subbed for injured all-state running back Andre Dawson to the tune of 225 yards rushing and four touchdowns as Washington held off North Scott, 42-21, in a Class 4A substate game at Kingston Stadium.
Ironically, Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt (you know him, right?) and Washington grads Keenan Davis and Wyatt Suess were on the Washington sideline.
“When Coach called my name, I had nothing else I could do but to step up,” said Carr, a junior who has played slotback most of this season. “I had to be a leader, carry the load because Andre was out. I had to respond, had to do my part.”
Dawson, the Mississippi Valley Conference’s rushing champ, was off to a 171-yard start when he injured his left knee on a 12-yard second-quarter run. The extent of his injury is unknown but is in the back of the knee, not the front, according to Washington Coach Tony Lombardi.
Whether he’ll be available for Washington’s first-round game Monday night against Cedar Rapids Kennedy (5-5) is uncertain.
“I don’t want to speculate,” Lombardi said. “I have no idea. Our trainers don’t know. It’s in a funny spot.”
Carr is significantly smaller than Dawson, but has great quickness and speed. He broke free for TD runs of 43 and 64 yards in the third quarter to put Washington (8-2) up, 28-21.
His 7-yard touchdown run with 6:49 to go gave the Warriors a two-score cushion. Quarterback Shay Gutman, also nursing a bad knee, hooked up with speedster Ronnie Henderson for a 32-yard TD pass 1:45 later to finally put away stubborn North Scott (5-5).
“We knew they were going to come out firing, but we responded,” Carr said. “Coach calmed us down. In the third quarter, we came out, did what we had to do and got the ‘W.’”
Washington finished with 545 yards of offense, 423 on the ground. That included an 80-yard touchdown run by Daws0n in the first quarter.
Running back Aaron Huber had 107 yards rushing and a touchdown for North Scott. Quarterback Cody Manthe threw two touchdown passes.