2013 Union Football: Waukon 35, Union 0

 

The Union Knights knew they would have a challenge on their hands, making the longest road trip of the year to Waukon, home of the top ranked (Class 2A) Indians, a team that had surrendered a total of just 19 points in their first five games. And while the Knights had their moments during the game that started 30 minutes early in an effort to avoid a forecast of storms, Waukon made a strong statement to the rest of Class 2A, manhandling the 9th ranked Knights, 35-0.

Union took the opening kickoff and proceeded to move the ball down the field. The Knights’ drive was stopped near mid-field when the Indians stripped the ball from quarterback Jay Scheel. Less than four minutes later, Indian quarterback Parker Hesse turned a bad snap and broken play into a 13 yard touchdown run to stake Waukon to an early 7-0 lead.

Hesse had a hand in two more Indian touchdowns on Waukon’s next two possessions, the first a 35 yard run through the Union defense to the end zone later in the first quarter; the second a 19 yard shuttle pass to running back Marcus Weymiller that put Waukon up 21-0 at halftime.

The Union defense opened the second half with a renewed energy, dropping Hesse for a big loss to force Waukon’s first punt of the game. Minutes later, it was the Union D stopping the Indians again, giving Union the ball back on their own 25 yard line. The Knights offense, on the strength of two third down conversions, quickly moved the ball to the Waukon side of the field. Their momentum, however, was abruptly taken away when Hesse leaped high to intercept a Jay Scheel pass, before sprinting 78 yards to return it for a touchdown.

The loss evens Union’s district record to 1-1. The Knights will take to the road again this week to play the Hampton-Dumont Bulldogs on Friday in Hampton.

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