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Homecoming highlights came early for the Union Knights in the form of a 57 yard dash to the end zone on the second play from scrimmage by Union running back, Isaiah Vaughan. The touchdown scamper staked the Knights to an early 6-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the home team, the 8th ranked Falcons countered with a touchdown drive of their own to claim a lead they would not relinquish. With an impressive display of ball control, the Falcons’ ground and pound approach mixed in just enough passes to keep the Union defense guessing on their way to a 28-6 halftime lead. The stat sheet confirmed Aplington-Parkersburg’s dominance, as the Falcons ran nearly twice as many offensive plays as the Knights to remain unbeaten in District 6 play.
Union falls to 2-2 in district play, 2-4 overall. The Knights travel to Iowa Falls on Friday.
On September 22, the Union Cross Country team competed at the Vinton-Shellsburg Invitational. The Union boys placed eighth out of eight teams, with sophomore Payton Hellman the top Union runner, navigating the course in 20:59, which was good for 33rd place overall.
The Union girls were one runner short of a fielding a complete team. Audrey Powers was the first Union runner to cross the finish line, 32nd overall, with a time of 25:47.
Logon to The Progress Review’s Facebook page to view photos of the meet from the Union Fan Zone.
The Union Knights arrived at South Tama High School on September 18 looking to build on the success of their first win of the season. Standing in Union’s way was the only remaining undefeated team in the district, the South Tama County Trojans. Both teams entered the game tied with Aplington-Parkersburg atop the Class 2A District 6 standings, so winning the game meant taking a big step toward claiming a district championship.
For the second time in four games, weather would play a role in the football game, as the first half was played in a driving rain.
The Knights received the opening kickoff but were unable to advance the ball, as the South Tama defenders focused on slowing down Isaiah Vaughan and the Union running game. It was a theme that would prove common throughout the evening.
The South Tama offense had no such problem, scoring on their first two offensive possessions to jump out to an early 13-0 lead. It didn’t get any better for the Union offense in the second quarter, as their three drives ended with a punt and two interceptions.
After surrendering the two early scores, the Knights’ defense buckled down to keep them in the game. Despite the two second quarter turnovers, the Knights were able to keep South Tama off the scoreboard. At halftime, the score remained 13-0.
While the rain dissipated in the second half, the rain-soaked field continued to challenge both teams, as the teams combined to boot nine punts.
Early in the third quarter with the Knights in punt formation, a moment of indecision proved costly for Union. On fourth and five at the South Tama 40 yard line, Union punter John Boisen tucked the ball and made a move to run for the first down. In the face of four defenders and no blockers, he tried to get the punt away, only to have the kick smothered by a hard charging Trojan. A few plays later, South Tama extended their lead on a 44 yard run through the Union defensive line.
The loss drops Union to 1-1 in district play, 1-3 overall. On Friday, the Knights will try to get back to their winning ways against East Marshall in Le Grand.
In the world of volleyball, there is no shortage of competition for the Union Knights, who dropped a close, five set match last week to highly regarded Sumner-Fredericksburg (ranked #3 in Class 2A), before being defeated by #9 (Class 3A) Waterloo Columbus in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-17.
The Knights, ranked #3 in Class 3A in the September 10 poll, played at #13 ranked (Class 2A) Denver on September 15. Results of the match were not available as this edition of The Progress Review went to press. Next up for Union will be a tournament at Benton Community on Saturday.
After dropping two very close, non-district games, the Union Knights were looking for a fresh start to their season when they opened district play at home against the Roland Story Norsemen on September 11.
Union wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, taking the opening kickoff and driving 52 yards for a score, capped off by a twelve yard run by Isaiah Vaughan. Following the extra point by Dakota Hora, the Knights had an early 7-0 lead.
Union would get the ball back after forcing a Roland Story punt. Once again, the Knights drove the length of the field, covering 76 yards in less than two minutes. Vaughan’s nine yard touchdown run and sucessful extra point made the score 14-0 with just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Union defense continued to hold the Norsemen in check, forcing a punt after Roland Story intercepted a John Boisen pass early in the second quarter. Starting at their 30 yard line, the Knights needed just six plays to find the end zone, as Boisen connected with Vaughan on a 40 yard pass play for Union’s third touchdown and a 21-0 lead.
The Norsemen thought they had their first score of the game when they fielded the Union kickoff and promptly returned it for a touchdown. The points were taken off the scoreboard, though, when Roland Story was flagged for a holding penalty on the play.
The Knights extended their lead to 28-0 on their first drive of the third quarter. On third down at their 42 yard line, Boisen found a wide open Brock Hadachek behind the defensive secondary for a 58 yard touchdown pass.
The Norsemen, however, refused to go quietly in the good night, capping a 77 yard drive with a perfectly thrown pass down the sideline for a 42 yard score. Five minutes later, it was more of the same, as another long pass covered 51 yards, cutting the Union lead to 28-14.
On the Knights’ next possession, Boisen, throwing from his end zone, lofted a pass that hung in the air long enough for Roland Story’s Brett Staton to intercept it. Seconds later, he was in the end zone. In just six and a half minutes of play, what had been a 28 point lead for the Knights was suddenly slashed to seven.
With all the momentum on the Roland Story sideline, Union regrouped, returning to the successful formula of feeding Isaiah Vaughan the football. Union fans wondering if Vaughan could come close to repeating the 263 yard rushing performance of the previous week, watched as Vaughan scored two more rushing touchdowns in the second half to help the Knights pull away for the 41-21 win. For the game, Vaughan rushed for 247 yards on 39 carries, scoring four touchdowns.
With the win, Union shares the top of the Class 2A District 6 standings with two rivals expected to compete with the Knights for the district championship, Aplington-Parkersburg and South Tama.
On Friday, the Knights will travel to Tama for their stiffest test of the young season, the only remaining undefeated team left in District 6, the South Tama County Trojans. South Tama pounded Iowa Falls-Alden 48-0 in their district opener last week.