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A look ahead: WACO football

Warriors set to renew rivalries with New London, Winfield-Mt. Union
Aug 09, 2018
Elijah McGohan (28) makes a tackle in the Warriors’ home opener last season, accompanied by now graduated senior Calvin Battle (13).

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The magic number is eight. Eight is the number of days until the high school football season begins, and eight is the number of players all three of Henry County’s small schools will have on the field at one time in 2018.

The WACO football faithful that travels with the Warriors to away games has had a little extra time in the car over the last couple of years. When WACO left Class A to play eight-man football, they left some of their closest rivals in their rear-view mirror. This season will feel a little more like old times, however, as a few of those other small schools, most notably New London and Winfield-Mt. Union, have made the switch to eight-man and find themselves in the same class as WACO.

WACO is one of four returning members in Class 8 District 4. Tri-County Thornburg, Lone Tree and English Valleys also make their return to the district, and are joined by a handful of teams both coming over from Class A and coming over from other districts.

The Warriors will open up on the road this year, traveling to Janesville for their “Week 0” match on Aug. 17. That night’s slate of games is mostly eight-man games and they’re one of just two Henry County teams opening up a week early (W-MU being the other).

WACO won’t have a home game until Aug. 31 when they host English Valleys. The Warriors hosted English Valleys in an early contest last season and dominated the game to the tune of a 57-0 shutout win.

The Warriors will renew their Henry County rivalry at New London on Sept. 7 before returning home to face Montezuma on Sept. 14.

After a couple of road games, the Warriors will finally meet up with their old rival as W-MU will come to town. The two teams haven’t played in either of the past two seasons since WACO was playing eight-man and W-MU was still in Class A.

The Warriors will end their season with another home game, this one against Tri-County. This is another rematch of a WACO win last season, as the Warriors stomped the Trojans 53-14.

WACO will play virtually all the district favorites on the road this season and be heavily favored in a couple of home games, so the Warrior fans will still need to travel a bit this year, just not quite as far as only four games are to be played outside of Henry County.

Listed below is the full WACO schedule. District games are listed with an asterisk and home games are in bold.

Aug. 17 @ Janesville

Aug. 24 @ Iowa Valley Marengo

Aug. 31 vs. English Valleys*

Sept. 7 @ New London*

Sept. 14 vs. Montezuma*

Sept. 21 @ Lone Tree*

Sept. 28 @ H-L-V Victor*

Oct. 5 vs. Winfield-Mt. Union*

Oct. 19 vs. Tri-County*

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