By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
MARENGO ? Offenses have been putting up unreal numbers in WACO football games all season long, but WACO?s final football game of the season saw a year-high in points.
The Warriors fell 76-61 at Iowa Valley, totalling 137 points between the two squads.
The first quarter was relatively tame as both teams scored 12 points. Colton Horak had both touchdowns for WACO, scoring on a 15-yard run to tie the game at 6-6, and taking a fumble return 41 yards to the end zone to make it 12-12.
After another Iowa Valley touchdown stretched the lead to 18-12, Horak scored on a 17-yard run and nailed an extra point to give the Warriors their first lead, at 19-18.
Iowa Valley scored on the next drive and converted a two-point try, but Nik Coble helped tie the game at 26-26 with a nine-yard touchdown run, and Horak went 33 yards for a touchdown of his own to take back the lead. Cody Crawford rumbled in for a two-point conversion and it was 34-26 Warriors at the half.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair that saw the lead change four times. After a couple Iowa Valley scores, Hunter Donaldson had a 19-yard touchdown run to steal back the lead at 41-38. Iowa Valley struck back but Horak dashed 62 yards for a TD and Crawford punched in another two-point try to give WACO a 49-46 advantage.
Iowa Valley, however, struck back with a 52-yard rushing touchdown to re-take the lead at 52-49 before the end of the third quarter and WACO never led again.
Horak led the team once again with another astounding game on the ground. The junior running back had 251 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries. Donaldson ran for 75 yards and a score, and Elijah McGohan added 54 yards.
Coble was 6-14 for 102 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Battle was his favorite receiver of the night, catching two passes for 65 yards and a score.