The Union Knights needed a big night from junior running back Isaiah Vaughn - and boy, did they get it. Vaughn rushed for 247 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Knights to a 41-21 victory over visiting Roland-Story Friday night.
Vaughn, who rushed for 263 yards the previous week, also reeled in a 40-yard pass for a touchdown from junior quarterback John Boisen, who threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Brock Hadachek caught four passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
"Isaiah Vaughan continues to get better as we head into district play. We were also very pleased with the offensive line being physical for two consecutive games." head coach Joe Hadachek said.
But Vaughan can't win games alone, and Hadachek acknowledged the team effort in getting the Knights' first win of the 2015 season.
"Number one, we were able to establish the line of scrimmage with our offensive line which opened holes for the run game. To jump out to a 21-0 halftime lead was important for our team to take a step to get better," Hadachek said. "The defense stepped up and dominated the line of scrimmage while the special teams continued to be consistent."
On the defensive side, Zane Seuser recorded six total tackles and led the team with two sacks. Hadachek also recorded four tackles and a sack. Sophomore Jace Glenn intercepted a pass, and senior Tate Renaud recovered a fumble.
"Hennessy, Renaud and Ahrendsen really pack a punch. Douglass and Newgren continue to get better. Defensively we did another great job playing against the run but need to not give up big plays," Hadachek said. "It's never the same position but when one person does not do his job the team suffers. Michael Ahrendsen, Jace Glenn, Tate Hookham and Jared Jolley all graded at 90% of above. They are playing at a winning level."
The Knights embark on a two-week road trip with a contest against undefeated South Tama this Friday night and a date with East Marshall on September 25.
"South Tama has a great football team with a lot of returning starters on both sides of the ball. They always have a great kicker and are solid on special teams. Their team speed is a great asset with running backs that are very physical. We have our work cut out for us. They are 3-0 with wins over Grinnell, Vinton Shellsburg and Iowa Falls. In addition we will be going on the road to their home field and I'm sure it will be a friendly atmosphere. The main focus for us right now is to have a great week of preparation and control what we can control."