WASHINGTON — A third-quarter safety proved to be the difference in Washington's 15-13 victory over Purcell on Saturday night.
The Warriors and Dragons played to a stalemate in the first quarter, ending the period tied 0-0.
Washington got on the scoreboard early in the second period, though, as Luke Ladlee capped a 49-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
But Purcell would answer on the following drive.
The Dragons used eight plays to drive 76 yards. Dominique Gavia capped the march, and tied the game, with an 8-yard run.
Purcell forced Washington to punt during the opening drive of the second half. But after Washington's Javier Pacheco pinned the Dragons inside their own 10-yard line the Warriors' Caleb Beller and Jarod Andrews pulled Purcell quarterback Drew Rolin down in the end zone for a safety and a 9-7 lead.
Purcell forced Washington to punt on the following drive, but the Dragons turned the ball over again on their next possession.
Washington's Brock Harmon picked off Rolin and returned the ball to the Purcell five-yard line. Two plays later Brady Kulbeth rushed for a five-yard score. The Warriors lead was 15-7 after a missed PAT.
Purcell answered again on their following possession. The Dragons marched 81 yards and Gavia scored on a 7-yard run. The Dragons failed on the two-point conversion leaving the score 15-13.
Purcell forced Washington to punt and received the ball with two minutes remaining. The Dragons drove to Washington's 12-yard line, but with time running out, Daniel Martinez missed a 25-yard field goal and the Warriors had their second win.
“Both defenses were a notch above both offenses tonight,” Washington coach Brad Beller said after the game. “Now we know how we play. It was a huge, defensive win and it's great to know we can come out and beat a larger school.”
Washington moved to 2-0 and travels to Bethany Sept. 20. Purcell falls to 1-1 and will travel to Lexington.