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Knights slays Vikings on the road 45-13

October 11, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor (editor@dysartreporter.com) , Dysart Reporter

Union continued to roll past the competition in District play with a commanding 45-13 win over host Vinton-Shellsburg on Friday, Oct. 5 after a lightning delay pushed the game back an hour.

"Playing at home, they have some kids here who don't quit," Hadachek said. "They have a couple of good players in Isaac [Wiley] and [Brooks] Erickson stuck out to me as a sophomore physically."

Union started off the game on a sluggish run as 0-6 Vikings were hungry for their first win. Kaleb Roach opened scoring late in the first quarter with a one-yard run and a two point play by Brayden Grosse to show signs of life on offense. Defense continued to struggle as Vinton showed off their passing with a 89-yard touchdown.

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Jacob Carey ran an explosive 76-yard touchdown play to seal the deal against Vinton-Shellsburg on Saturday.

"We were in a look formation-wise we hadn't used a lot and they threw some stuff we weren't prepared for," Hadachek said. "We had to get our regular stuff out and I attribute this all to a good job by the Vinton defense preparing for us."

The game was able to get through a majority of the first quarter with Union leading 8-7 before a lightning delay was called and the stadium had to be evacuated.

"We've practiced lightning delays during the pre-season because we did have some lightning then," Hadachek said. "We took advantage to make some adjustment and stayed ready to play whenever they say it's time to go. Our guys adjusted well."

Play resumed just after 7 p.m. Despite a long one hour lapse, the Union defense got a quick stop and Brayden Grosse topped off the renewed game with 16-yard touchdown to put the Knights up 14-7. The junior quarterback/running back would continue to be the offense Union needed with two more touchdowns in the half to go up 28-7 before a shortened halftime including what appeared to be a two-point conversion for that last 10-yard touchdown play by Grosse.

"We have several two-point plays we felt we had to get on film," Hadachek said. "Brayden Grosee has a lot of options out there and he had the right call. I've got to be honest, there's times he just takes off and makes his own plays."

Both squads kept one another out of the endzone in the entire third quarter as the Vinton defense resumed hampering the Union offense. Looking to put the game away for good, Ben Dvorak completed a 22-yard field goal at the 9:07 mark of the fourth quarter to put up Union 31-7. Silver Schmitz extended the lead with a 33-yard catch from Dylan Felderman to go up 38-7. The Vinton offense had one more score in them with a 24-yard run only to see their kick blocked. Jacob Cary responded with a 76-yard run and touchdown in the closing minutes to put the final score at 45-13 in the late game and rainy field.

"The biggest thing for us was fighting through adversity of stopping the game and fighting through the Vinton defense," Hadachek said. "Vinton did a good job on defense of giving us a few things we hadn't seen."

Roach led in total yards with 199 yards on 24 carries and 19 yards on four reception to eclipse 200 yards. Grosse ran for 67 yards on nine carries and 23 yards on one reception. Britt Rolison had one run play for 43 yards and had 27 yards on three receptions. Carey had 80 yards on three carries, including the 76-yard touchdown at the end of the game. On defense, Kyle Gross led with seven tackles, followed by Ben Rempe with 6.5 tackes, and Ben Behrens with six tackles. Grosse also had two interceptions for the Knights.

"The main thing now is moving on to Nevada," Hadachek said. "We're hitting on all cylinders. We have a couple of tough ones ahead and we have to finish them."

The Knights will host Nevada on Friday, Oct. 12 with varsity starting at 7 p.m. for senior night as they recognize the contributions of the Class of 2019.

"It's always emotional when it's your last regular season game and we have 21 seniors that have contributed," Hadachek said. "It's going to be a special night for them. We're also recognizing our youth football program and our middle school program."

Union's 2018 regular season will ended with a road game at West Marshall, both squads currently with a 3-0 District record. In the event both teams win their games this week, the winner of their matchup would earn a playoff berth. If Union were to fall in their final regular season game, they would have to be in the top 16 of the state's new RPI system to qualify for the playoffs this season.

 
 

 

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