With star running back Shai McKenzie out for the season after tearing his ACL two weeks ago, Washington needed other players to step up.
Last week it was quarterback Jordan Spina, who completed 9 of 13 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in a win against Yough.
Thursday night it was sophomore fullback Jordon West.
West, who entered the game with 129 rushing yards on the season, ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns and added an interception in a 48-14 Class AA Interstate Conference victory for the third-ranked Little Prexies (5-0, 5-0) against host Jeannette (4-1, 4-1) at McKee Stadium.
"This is our second week without Shai, and the first week I was a little bit nervous," West said. "But this second week, I was more settled down and knew I had to step up and I did."
West scored on runs of 21 and 20 yards on the Little Prexies' first two possessions to put the visitors ahead, 14-0, in the first quarter.
Jeannette answered on a 10-yard pass from Julian Batts to Michael Wise on a fourth down to make it 14-7.
But on Washington's first play from scrimmage on the ensuing possession, the Little Prexies dug into their bag of tricks. Chase Caldwell got the ball on a reverse and threw to a wide open Quorteze Levy, who coasted into the end zone for a 55-yard touchdown to make it 21-7.
"We worked on it all week and the kids really did a great job of executing on that," said Washington coach Mike Bosnic.
Then West, following his interception, ran in his third touchdown late in the second quarter to make it 28-7 at halftime.
Malik Wells, Arthur Long and Kurt Adkins added touchdown runs in the second half for Washington, which outgained Jeannette, 351-74, on the ground as the offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage.
"We played a very physical football game up front and we thought coming in that was going to determine the game," Bosnic said. "Guys did really well coming off the ball."
For the Jayhawks, Batts finished with 101 yards in the air on 10-of-20 passing but it wasn't enough to overcome three Jayhawks turnovers and a defense that has allowed 20 points or more in every game this season.
"I don't think I've ever seen a Jeannette team tackle like we did tonight," said coach Roy Hall. "It's been our menace all year, but we're not giving up."
The victory gives Washington sole possession of first place in the conference, a half-game ahead of Mount Pleasant and a game ahead of the Jayhawks.
Mount Pleasant plays Yough tonight before back-to-back meetings with Jeannette and Washington the next two weeks.