WACO football falters against Van Buren
KEOSAUQUA — In a battle between Warriors, Van Buren came out on top.
The WACO Warriors football team fell to the Van Buren Warriors in a district match up in Keosauqua on Friday, 26-8.
The score was close for most of the game, but WACO let the match up get out of hand late in the fourth quarter.
“With only four minutes to go in the game, we’re down 14-8 and we have a shot, but we gave up a couple late touchdowns,” WACO Coach Chad Edeker said.
WACO threatened to score a few different times itself, but couldn’t make good on the threats.
“We had the ball inside the 20 three times in the first half but didn’t score,” Edeker said. “We’ve got to get points on the board there.”
Neither team had much luck getting in the end zone in the first 12 minutes.
After a scoreless first quarter, however, Van Buren came up with the first two touchdowns of the game, scoring on a one-yard run in the second quarter and a four-yard run in the third to go up 14-0.
WACO’s only score came in the fourth quarter, when Bryce Achen capped a 71-yard drive with a two-yard run into the endzone.
Tucker Janecek ran for the two-point conversion to cut Van Buren’s lead to six at 14-8 with 4:24 left to play.
The Warriors then attempted an on-side kick, but the ball was picked up by Van Buren, and the hosts were able to score once again stretch their lead back to 12 with 2:19 left on the clock.
WACO got the ball back but threw an interception, and Van Buren took over on the WACO 32-yard line.
Van Buren was then able to get into the end zone once more on their final possession to seal the game.
In their last chance on offense, WACO advanced 11 yards on five plays before time ran out.
On the night, Isaac Black had a team-high nine tackles for WACO. Brett Hesseltine and Achen each came up with six.
Parker Ferguson had two sacks and Jackson Gerot had one. Black, Gerot and Ferguson each had a tackle for loss.
The Warriors completed just three of 14 passes in the game, while Van Buren connected nine times in 15 attempts.
Van Buren also had the edge on the ground, picking up 246 net yards on 43 attempts while WACO gained 209 yards in the same number of tries.
Janecek had 23 carries for 175 of WACO’s rushing yards, averaging 7.6 yards per carry. Achen picked up 52 yards in 14 tries (3.5 yards per carry).
Achen also caught two passes from quarterback Braden Blake for seven total receiving yards; Cornell Hulme had a 15-yard reception.
The Warriors had a total of 231 yards of offense on the night.
“We moved the ball well all night, but they did a good job stopping us short (of scoring),” Edeker said. “They did a really nice job of tackling. I was impressed by how well they tackled.”
The Warriors are now 1-3 overall and 1-1 in district play.
They host Danville on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.