Warriors defeat rival Wolves
WINFIELD — The WACO football team moved its district record over .500 with a 34-8 road win over rival Winfield-Mt. Union on Friday night.
WACO moves to 3-4 on the season and 3-2 in the district with the win. W-MU falls to 2-5 overall and 1-4 in the district.
The Warriors scored all they would need for the win on two Tucker Janecek touchdowns in the first half.
Janecek made a 14-yard run into the end zone with 4:07 left in the first quarter to get WACO on the board first.
He followed that with a 45-yard touchdown run just 10 seconds into the second quarter. Both times, the two-point conversion attempt failed, and the Warriors went into halftime leading 12-0.
W-MU was able to get on the board in the third quarter on a 23-yard touchdown run by Max Fricke.
Fricke also ran for the two-point conversion.
However, that’s all the damage the Wolves would be able to do.
WACO distanced itself in the fourth quarter with three more scores.
Dylan Carlson caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Braden Blake with 8:25 left in the game.
Cey Saeugling then caught 24-yard touchdown pass from Blake with 1:41 remaining.
Janecek ran the ball in for the two-point conversion after both touchdowns.
The Warriors ended the game on an 85-yard interception return by Carlson, who crossed the line for WACO’s final score with just one second left on the clock.
On the night, WACO had 16 first downs – 13 rushing — and W-MU finished with 11, eight on the ground.
The Warriors had a total of 342 net rushing yards to W-MU’s 169.
The Wolves had the slight edge in the air, gaining 107 passing yards to WACO’s 93.
The teams were nearly identical on third-down conversions, as W-MU was 5-for-13 and WACO was 6-for-13. However, WACO converted four of its six fourth-down attempts, while W-MU went 0-for-5.
Janecek had a team-high 242 rushing yards on the night. The WACO back didn’t lose a yard in the game.
Blake gained 41 rushing yards and Saeugling had 23. Bryce Achen gained 21 yards and Carlson had 15.
Blake was 5-of-13 passing for 93 yards.
Five different Warriors had one reception each, and Janecek had a team-high 35 receiving yards.
Janecek also had a team-high nine tackles, followed by Saeugling with eight.
Saeugling and Isaac Black each had two solo tackles for loss. Saeugling had two solo sacks as well, and Dylon Evans also recorded a solo sack.
For W-MU, Max Fricke went 5-for-13 passing for 107 yards.
Jake Edwards made three catches for 60 yards and Kolt Rossiter had two receptions for 47 yards.
Fricke had a team-high 89 rushing yards. Thayne McElhinney gained 31 yards and Rossiter had 30. Darren Hunter rushed for 10 yards.
Sam Jennings led the team with 13 tackles and Edwards added 11. Jennings and Lake Carlson each had a solo tackle for loss.
Lake Carlson also had an interception returned for eight yards.
Next up for WACO is a trip to New London, while W-MU travels to Van Buren in Keosauqua on Friday. Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m.