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The Union Knights scored early and often to defeat the Oelwein Huskies, 62-0, at home on September 16. Fans wondering how the team would perform against the overmatched Huskies got their answer in the first quarter.
With Union leading 13-0 and driving for another score, Husky defensive back Devan Euans stepped in front of a Union receiver to intercept Troy Hanus pass at the Oelwein 20 yard line. Sprinting up the sidelines with all 305 pounds of senior Michael Ahrendsen giving chase, it appeared the Huskies would cash in the pick six and make it a one score game. While Euans was able to outrun Ahrendsen, he did not account for senior Jordan Schmitz, who came from out of nowhere to deliver a big hit and knock the Husky defender out of bounds at the Union five yard line. Inspired by the play of these two senior leaders, the Knights’ defense held, intercepting an Oelwein pass on fourth down to reclaim possession of the ball at their own eight yard line.
The Knights then quickly marched the length of the field to score their third touchdown of the first quarter. What could have been a 13-7 game was instead a 20 point lead for the Knights, who were never seriously threatened again.
With senior running back Isaiah Vaughan in street clothes still nursing an injury, Union got plenty of production from a number of other players on offense. Britton Rolison led the rushing attack, gaining 100 yards and scoring four touchdowns. Koby Alpers (62 yards, 1 TD), Ryan Miller (55 yards) and Kaleb Roach (58 yards) helped the Knights roll up 343 yards on the ground. Quarterback Troy Hanus was accurate and efficient, completing nine of twelve passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
With the victory, Union stands tied at the top of the 2A District 4 standings with top-ranked North Fayette Valley and fourth ranked Waukon.
On Friday, the Knights expect a much tougher challenge when they travel to Dyersville for a game against against a team with a winning tradition, the Beckman Blazers. It will be the first of four games on the second half of Union’s schedule featuring teams who made an appearance in the state playoffs a year ago. Varsity kickoff is slated for 7:30 PM.
#1 IN CAREER KILLS – Union Head Volleyball Coach Brian Jesse presented Megan Hudson with the game ball after setting a school record for career kills, surpassing Sam Barz (2009-12) who recorded 1,072. Photo by Mary Bauer.
The #4 ranked Union Knights (Class 3A)showed #13 ranked Hudson (Class 1A) the door early, downing the previously unbeaten Pirates in three straight games, 25-13, 25-16, 25-19 in La Porte City on September 6.
Leading the Union attack was senior Peyton Parker, who recorded a team high 14 kills, while freshman Jasmyn Bush was successful on 10 of 14 kill attempts. Senior Megan Hudson added 9 kills to her career total that now stands at a school record 1,140.
The Knights’ next home match should be a good one, as Union will host conference foe Sumner-Fredericksburg, ranked #2 in Class 2A, on Tuesday, September 27.
The Union Knights passed an early season road test Friday night, with a suffocating defense and an offense that overcame the loss of Isaiah Vaughan, who left the game with an ankle injury after the Knights’ first offensive play of the game. In a dominating third quarter performance, Union scored four touchdowns on their way to a 42-6 win over previously unbeaten Monticello.
With the start of the game delayed a half hour by lightning and heavy rain, both teams played conservatively in a scoreless first quarter. Union’s first two possessions of the game moved the ball deep into Monticello territory. Both times, though, the Knights were kept off the scoreboard when they turned the ball over on downs.
With just over three minutes left in the first half, the Union offense finally got on track, covering 84 yards in just three plays, with Britton Rolison scooting 26 yards for the touchdown. Monticello answered with a 58 yard touchdown pass one minute later. A Panthers penalty wiped out a successful two point conversion and the Union defense denied the second attempt, knocking down a pass short of the end zone. The pivotal play shifted momentum back in Union’s favor and 49 seconds later, Dylan Stech gave the Knights a 14-6 lead on a 12 yard touchdown run.
The third quarter was all Union, as the Knights began the half with a 12 play touchdown drive that consumed more than six minutes of the game clock. The Knights, aided by two Panther turnovers, needed just seven plays total to score three more touchdowns in the quarter, as Dylan Stech (139 yards rushing, 2 TDs) and Britton Rolison (116 yards, 1 TD) took turns gashing the Monticello defense. Jace Glenn also added a pair of touchdown runs to close out the scoring.
The Union defense, meanwhile, continued to dominate. Besides the one touchdown pass, the Monticello offense was held to just 53 total yards in 35 offensive plays.
On Friday, the Knights return home for a district matchup against Oelwein. Following a loss to Waterloo Columbus last week, the Huskies are still looking for their first win of the season.