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WACO football team falls at home

Sep 12, 2017

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

WAYLAND — The WACO offense had another good outing on Friday night against Wyoming Midland, but the Warrior defense had all sorts of problems with senior running back Austin Smith.

The Midland star combined for 336 yards and eight touchdowns as the Eagles dropped the Warriors 66-33.

Smith scored on back-to-back touchdown runs to start the game. Midland couldn’t get either two-point converstion attempts across the line, and it was 12-0 early.

Calvin Battle scored WACO’s first touchdown of the game. He dashed 20-yards to the end zone to cut the lead to 12-7.

After another TD run by Smith and a two-point conversion, Colton Horak scored his first touchdown of the game on an 18-yard reception from Nik Coble. The extra point cut the Midland lead to 20-14, which was as close as the Warriors would come.

Another eight points on Smith runs stretched the Midland lead to two touchdowns at 28-14, where the score would stay until the quarter ended.

The Eagles outscored the Warriors 16-6 in the second quarter. Battle scored the only WACO touchdown of the period, scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run. Midland held a comfortable 44-20 lead at halftime.

Trailing 52-20 in the third quarter, the WACO defense made a play to keep it relatively interesting. Jalen Collins had the biggest play of the night, scoring on a 61-yard fumble recovery to cut the Midland lead to 52-26 and steal back a little momentum for WACO.

The final touchdown of the day for WACO came on a five-yard touchdown pass from Coble to Horak in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors could never hold Smith and the Eagles quiet enough to stage a comeback.

Coble finished 16-38 for 158 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Horak was his favorite target, catching 11 passes for 106 yards and two scores.

Horak had 81 yards rushing to lead the team. Battle finished with 26 yards and two touchdowns.

Horak and Nolan Eubanks each had 6.5 tackles to lead the defense. Collins had five tackles, one fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown. Battle and Hunter Donaldson each had one fumble recovery in the loss.

WACO fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in district play. This week the Warriors will take on a Springville team that sits at 2-2 overall and 0-1 in district play on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

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