Waukon football team gets Class 2A State Play-Off journey off to strong start with 40-11 home rout of Union, will next host Algona this Friday

Protected and productive ... Waukon football sophomore quarterback Creed Welch (left) rears back for a pass attempt while junior linemen Alyx Ede (center) and Tanner Mitchell (right) help fend off the Union rush in the Indians’ 40-11 home triumph over the Knights Friday, October 26 in the opening round of the Class 2A State Play-Offs. Welch completed 13 of 24 pass attempts for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball three times for 12 yards. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

On a night where only light rain fell throughout most of the game, it was the Waukon football team that provided the thunder and lightning in storming to a 40-11 wash-out of Union of La Porte City Friday, October 26 in the opening round of the Class 2A State Play-Offs. Having lit up the scoreboard near the 40-point range or above in its previous seven games of an eight-game win streak heading into the play-offs, the grid Tribe wasn’t quite sure what to expect in facing a Union team with which it has a lot of recent football history but which has ridden a bit of a roller coaster to a 6-3 regular season but an 11th consecutive State Play-Off appearance as well.

It didn’t take long for the Indians to provide answers of their own to anything that may have been considered unknown in their play-off opener, as they first turned away Union’s opening drive with a turnover and then capitalized on that stolen opportunity for the first of five consecutive Indian scoring drives on the way to a continuous clock through all but the final minute and a half of the game’s second half. The Indian air attack of 248 yards surpassed the entire offensive total of 217 yards the Tribe defense allowed its visitors, with the Knights actually outgaining the Indians on the ground by a slim, 124-119 margin but unable to match the Tribe’s air assault.

Improving to a 9-1 season record, the Indians will now get to host their next play-off round as well, welcoming another 9-1 team, Algona, to Waukon this Friday, November 2. The Bulldogs racked up nearly 450 yards of total offense in a 45-20 opening-round victory at Crestwood this past Friday, balancing that offensive attack between 237 yards and four touchdowns through the air and 204 more yards and three more touchdowns on the ground, while keeping the host Cadets under 200 yards in each of their passing and rushing offensive approaches.

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