By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
MARENGO ? WACO and Iowa Valley took part in a good ole fashioned shootout on Friday night. The two teams combined for 78 points, but unfortunately for Warrior fans, Iowa Valley had over half of those, taking the game 46-32.
The two teams traded scores in the first quarter. After a quick Iowa Valley score, WACO quarterback Nik Coble found Colton Horak for a 10-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion made it 8-6 WACO.
Horak kicked a 35-yard field goal later in the quarter to stretch the lead by three points, but Iowa Valley struck back with a 54-yard touchdown run by Derek Leonard, and the Warriors trailed 12-11 after one quarter.
The Tigers widened the lead with another score in the second quarter, but WACO?s Jaden Collins caught a 24-yard touchdown pass later in the period, and an extra point by Horak made it 18-18 before halftime.
Iowa Valley?s Garet Sims scored two touchdowns in the third quarter, and despite the Tigers? lack of success on two-point conversion attempts, WACO found its self in a 12-point hole after three quarters, trailing 30-18.
Horak helped the Warriors inch closer with a five-yard touchdown run to start the scoring in the fourth quarter. That was as close as the Warriors would get in the second half, as Iowa Valley scored the next 16 points for a 46-24 lead.
Coble threw another touchdown pass to end the scoring, finding Wyatt Harbison on a 15-yard strike and hit him again on the conversion to cut the lead to 46-32, but time ran out on WACO?s comeback attempt and the Warriors fell to 1-1.
Coble went 16-33 for 180 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the loss. He also ran for a team-high 85 yards. Horak had 95 all-purpose yards and two scores. Collins finished the game with seven catches for 74 yards and a score. Harbison had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.
The defense was led by Horak, who had 11 total tackles on the day and had WACO?s only takeaway, with a fumble recovery. Braden Hammond finished the night with eight tackles, and both Collins and Jaden Williams had five.
WACO will host their home opener this Friday, Aug. 31, against a 2-0 English Valleys squad. That game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.