Metamora's quick advantage forced Washington to dig down, but it did to earn a 24-14 win Friday in an Illinois high school football matchup.
The start wasn't the problem for the Redbirds, who began with an 8-7 edge over the Panthers through the end of the first quarter.
The Panthers' offense jumped to a 10-8 lead over the Redbirds at halftime.
Washington's influence showed as it carried an 18-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
Washington's kept the advantage through the fourth quarter with a 6-0 scoring edge over Metamora.
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