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ALL-CONFERENCE – Union’s Derek Holschlag earned Second Team All-Conference honors by virtue of placing 13th at the NICL Cross Country Meet on October 18 at Oakleaf Golf and Country Club near Reinbeck. Holschlag ran a personal best 17:11, nearly a full minute off his previous best time. Photo by Mary Bauer.
Union: Team and Individual Results
Union Girls – 13th
47 Brooke Theile, 12 19:45
66 Kaityn Helgeson, 11 20:37
75 Amber Rottinghaus, 12 21:23
76 Kaitlin Holschlag, 10 21:24
81 Maci McLaughlin, 10 21:49
86 Emma Peters, 9 22:19
Union Boys – 7th
12 Derek Holschlag, 10 17:12
31 Max Thomsen, 12 17:55
35 Caleb Larison, 12 18:07
52 Bryan Artega, 11 18:50
56 Trevor McLaughlin, 12 19:01
59 Jon Hellman, 11 19:21
64 Grant Mullen, 12 19:50
The Union Knights continued their march through Class 2A District 6 opponents with a 51-0 trouncing of Iowa Falls-Alden on Senior Night in La Porte City on October 10. The shutout was Union’s third consecutive and clinched at least a share of the district title with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Though the Cadets entered the game with just one win, they challenged Union early with new formations on both offense and defense. Despite a no-huddle offense and up-tempo pace, the Knights’ defense was up to the challenge, forcing three first quarter punts that the Knights converted into 17 points. When Union’s first drive stalled at the Cadet 2 yard line, placekicker Dakota Hora booted a field goal from 19 yards for a 3-0 Union lead.
When Iowa Falls-Alden’s second punt bounced high off the turf, Justin Carey scooped it up at the Union 27 yard line and made a fine return to the Cadet 45. Less than one minute later, Isaiah Vaughan found the end zone from 3 yards out for a 10-0 Union lead.
Early in the second quarter, it was Vaughan who crossed the goal line once again, this time flying head over heels near the pylon at the end of a 44 yard run. Union 17, Iowa Falls-Alden 0. The Knights then scored three more touchdowns in the quarter to put the game away. After Vaughan’s third touchdown run, quarterback John Boisen threw touchdown passes of 51 yards to Justin Carey and 7 yards to Tate Hadachek for a 38-0 halftime lead.
The second half was played at an accelerated rate, with the 35 point continuous clock rule being enforced. The Union offense continued to be productive, though, as Isaiah Vaughan dashed 27 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game on Union’s second possession of the third quarter
Senior John McQuilkin accounted for Union’s final score when he burst through the line for a 44 yard touchdown run with just over a minute remaining in the game.
As efficient as the offense was, it was the Union defense that continued its stellar play. Substituing liberally in the second half, the Knights were still able to keep the Cadets from scoring, extending the number of consecutive scoreless quarters for Union opponents to 12. The Knights limited Iowa Falls-Alden to 84 yards rushing on 29 attempts. They were equally stingy in the passing game, allowing just 8 completions on 23 attempts for a meager 55 yards.
Evidence of Union’s improved play during the second half of the season can also be seen in the boxscore line for penalties. After being flagged for a whopping 49 penalties in the first four games, the Knights have committed just 5 penalties in the last three, including zero against Iowa Falls-Alden.
On Friday, the Knights will have an opportunity to measure how much progress they’ve made this season, as they go on the road to face another 6-1 team, the Blue Raiders of Anamosa. Anamosa currently sits atop the Class 2A District 4 standings, tied with a familiar Union foe, Western Dubuque of Cascade. Cascade defeated the Knights twice last season, including a loss that ended the Knights’ season in the state playoffs. On October 24, Union will travel to Eldora for its final game of the season, a District 6 contest against South Hardin.
With a week of Union High School’s 2014 Homecoming celebration coming to a close, those returning to their alma mater had to like what they saw on the football field, as the Knights dominated a thoroughly outmanned team from East Marshall.
Scoring on their first six offensive possessions, Union rolled to a big first-half lead and coasted in an abbreviated second half, thanks to the continuous clock that ran when the Knights attained a 35 point lead.
Once again, the union offense was led by sophomore Isaiah Vaughan, who used his blockers to near perfection, gaining 146 yards on just 14 carries. The Knights were equally potent by air, as John Boisen and Brady Driscol each threw for 63 yards and a touchdown apiece, without a ball touching anything but Union receivers’ hands. While Boisen’s six completions came by way of a conventional air attack, Driscol stunned the East Marshall defense, taking a pitch in what looked to be a reverse running play. Instead, Driscol pulled up and heaved a long pass down field to a very wide open Tate Hadachek, giving the Knights a 14 point lead just six minutes into the game.
From there, it was all about the Union ground game, with Vaughan scoring on runs of 10, 34 and 3 yards. On Vaughan’s first score, it appeared the Mustang defender would wrap him up a few yards shy of the goal line. Vaughan evaded the would-be tackler, though, with a leap that would make a high-hurdler jealous, jogging into the end zone untouched.
With improved special team’s play and a near-penalty free game, the Knights’ record improved to 4-1 overall, 3-0 in district play.
After two consecutive home games, Union takes to the road on Friday night for a showdown in Parkersburg. At stake is first place in the district standings, as the Falcons also enter the contest undefeated in district play.