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No excuses leads to success for Washington QB Willis

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WASHINGTON (KWWL) – In his first season as Washington's starting quarterback Trashaun Willis has taken the reigns and run with them.

"Trashaun pushes all of us to work hard in practice,” says senior offensive lineman Kael Adam, “He pushes himself."

He's also a great player, which is made even more remarkable by the fact that he was born missing most of his left arm.

"Trashaun's a special human being,” says Demons' head coach James Harris, “We have a lot of special kids on this team, but I think Trashaun, he's just one of those kids. He doesn't make excuses. He's worried about what he can do, not what he can't do."

“He has one arm, but I feel like that pushes him more,” adds senior receiver Spencer Sotelo, “From a guy that has two arms, I have to work twice as hard as him. He does it well."

Trashaun's talents have drawn attention since videos started popping up showing him dunking in middle school games. Now as a senior starting quarterback he's led the fifth ranked Demons to a 4-0 record with wins over traditional powers Solon and Bettendorf.

"It all started out with us beating Bettendorf, shocking the state by beating a 4A powerhouse,” says Trashaun, “The momentum's just been rolling from there. We've had injuries and people just stepping up. This team is something special."

That team includes a huge number of seniors, 19 on the roster, including Willis who's run for seven touchdowns this year and thrown for five more. Now, that senior group is determined to make a run to Cedar Falls, which Washington hasn't done since 2013.

"Our goal is to be district 5 champs, and march our way through the playoffs,” says Trashaun, “We want to make a run for the dome, and with this squad I think that anything's possible."

Sotelo says that's proven by the fact Trashaun's football skills don't end when he leaves the field.

"We're playing Madden or something, and I'm like 'I'm totally going to beat him'” says the Demon senior, “He just comes out and smacks me in the face."

"I just control the controller with my right hand,” laughs Trashaun, “and for the stick I just use my little arm to move it around."

"I'm like how can you play video games,” adds Sotelo, “He just excels at everything."

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Mark Woodley

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