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Cascade controlled the early action, but the Union defense used a first quarter interception and fourth down stop to turn the tide. After a Dakota Hora field goal late in the period, the Union offense found its stride in the second quarter, scoring four touchdowns for a 32-7 lead at the half.
Koby Alpers led the Union receiving corps with seven catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns.
On Friday, Union will go on the road to face Crestwood of Cresco in a first round playoff game.
In a highly anticipated showdown pairing the two top ranked teams in Class 2A, it was the North Fayette Valley Tigerhawks who turned in a dominating first half performance to build a big lead before turning back a second half Union rally.
The Tigerhawks, who had not played in two weeks and were able to attend last week’s Union-Waukon game after their opponent, Waterloo Columbus, announced they were forfeiting the October 7 game due to a lack of players, certainly looked like the fresher team on the field in the opening half. North Fayette Valley took the opening kickoff and proceeded to march 70 yards in five running plays to take an early 7-0 lead.
After Union’s first drive stalled and they were forced to punt, the Tigerhawks consumed the remainder of the first quarter clock, grinding out a 16 play drive that concluded with a six yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 14 points.
Early in the second quarter, the teams exchanged punts. Starting at the North Fayette Valley 49 yard line, the Knights were able to advance the ball into the red zone before a sack of Union quarterback Troy Hanus pushed them back. Taking over on downs, the Tigerhawks then drove 71 yards, the last 36 on a touchdown run. Down 21 points, the Union offense was forced to punt after a three and out. When John Boisen’s punt was blocked, the Tigerhawks needed just three plays to score again to take a 28-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
Taking the second half kickoff, the Union offense quickly crossed midfield and looked poised to score when a botched handoff left the football on the ground, only to be scooped up by a Tigerhawk and returned all the way to the Union 12 yard line. One play later, the Knights were down 35-0.
Union refused to quit, however, as they put an extended drive of their own together, 16 plays that covered 71 yards. With just under a minute left in the third quarter, Troy Hanus found Koby Alpers for a seven yard touchdown pass and the Knights were finally on the scoreboard.
Union caught the Tigerhawks by surprise when Dakota Hora’s ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Knights. A second seven yard touchdown pass to Alpers trimmed the score to 35-14, with 10:19 remaining in the game. That would be as close as Union would get, though, as the Tigerhawks countered with a nine play touchdown drive and a 92 yard run for another score following the interception of a Hanus pass.
Down 49-14, Isaiah Vaughan finally found some running room, taking a shuttle pass 58 yards for Union’s final score.
Union (5-1 in district play) still controls its playoff destiny, as they return home on Friday to face Cascade (4-2), where a win would guarantee the Knights a second place finish in the district by virtue of owning a tiebreaker over Waukon. In 2016, only the top two teams in each of the seven districts advance to postseason play, along with two “wildcard” teams selected by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. With Waukon (5-1) hosting North Fayette Valley (6-0), several playoff scenarios remain as the regular season comes to a close.