WACO slays Bears

By Andy Krutsinger,

Mt. Pleasant News


WAYLAND ? The WACO football team bounced back from last week?s loss in a big way, dropping 59 points on English Valleys for their second win of the season. The Warriors knocked the Bears off by a final of 59-40, holding a comfortable lead throughout the night.

WACO looked good early, jumping out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter. Quarterback Nik Coble found Wyatt Harbison on back-to-back touchdown passes in the opening period, and the Warriors scored a two-point conversion on both scores.

Colton Horak nailed a 32-yard field goal to open up scoring in the second quarter. English Valleys scored on their next posession, but a third touchdown catch from Harbison and another conversion helped stretch the WACO lead to 21 points. The Bears added six points before the half was over, but WACO still held a 27-12 lead at halftime.

The Warriors wasted no time breaking the game open in the second half, thanks to a couple of Colton Horak touchdowns. Horak found the end zone on a 52-yard strike from Coble, which made it 34-12 after his own extra point. He then helped stretch the lead to 40-12 with a five-yard touchdown run.

The Bears staged a bit of a comeback, scoring the next 16 points of the game on passing touchdowns at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth. The WACO down was down to two touchdowns, at 40-26.

Elijah McGohan broke the Bear run with a 10-yard run to bring the Warrior lead back to three scores. Horak dazzled the crowd with a 51-yard pick-six on English Valleys next possession, and McGohan added another score later in the period on a 33-yard run.

The Bears scored twice at the end of the fourth quarter, but by that time the game was well out of hand.

Coble went 13-21 with 215 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Horak had 123 yards and one touchdown on seven catches, but it was Harbison who had the breakout game, catching six passes for 92 yards and three scores.

Coach Chad Edeker said Harbison?s big day was partially due to the English Valleys honing in on Horak, but that his senior wideout is a big time threat on the outside.

?He had a huge first half, and he?s such a dangerous kid once he catches the ball,? Edeker said. ?He doesn?t look that fast, but he?s got good speed and he?s elusive, so he?s such a dangerous tool.?

McGohan?s 63 yards and two touchdowns on the ground lead the WACO rushing game. Horak added 44 yards and a score.

Braden Hammond led the Warriors defensively with 13.5 tackles. Jaden Williams had 10 tackles to give WACO two defensive players in double digits.

As if Horak?s offensive performance wasn?t good enough, he had a big day on defense and special teams. The senior picked off three passes, one for a touchdown, went 1-2 on field goal attempts, 2-3 on extra point attempts and pulled off a fake punt for a first down.

The Warriors will now turn their attention to New London, who will put their undefeated record on the line against WACO in the year?s first Henry County showdown on Friday, Sept. 7.