WAYLAND — The WACO-Winfield-Mt. Union football rivalry was finally renewed on Friday night after a two-year absence. It was WACO that came out on top in dominant fashion, 50-6.
The Warriors scored the first two touchdowns on the game, both coming from running back Colton Horak. Horak had a 10-yard touchdown run and a 29-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and both two-point attempts were good to put WACO up 16-0.
W-MU responded before the first quarter buzzer sounded. Daunte Oepping led the team down the field and punched in a touchdown drive with a three-yard run. The two-point try failed and the WACO lead was 16-6 after one.
WACO quarterback Nik Coble got things going through the air in the second quarter. He found Drew Kissell on a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the Warriors up 22-6. Horak had a six-yard touchdown run and a Kade McKinney two-point conversion brought the lead to 30-6 at the half.
The Warriors did have a setback in the second quarter. Coble got hurt on a defensive play, and with the backup quarterback already out, they had to put Horak in at quarterback and run a wildcat-style offense.
Horak did score once in the third quarter with a 37-yard touchdown run, and the Warriors went up 38-6 after the two-point conversion. Other than that, the W-MU defense was able to hold the Warriors and turn the game into more of a struggle.
“I challenged them at halftime to come out and play a little more physical than they did in the first half,” W-MU head coach Scott McCarty said. “WACO has always been a nice power run team, and we kind of let them push us around a little bit in the first half. (Horak) is a nice runner but we shouldn’t let him get such easy runs.”
WACO tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter. Elijah McGohan scored on a 33-yard touchdown run and John Rice punched in a three-yard touchdown run of his own.
“We sort of overcame some adversity,” WACO head coach Chad Edeker said after the game. “We lost Nik to a knee injury and we lost our backup quarterback …We had to do a lot of improvising at halftime, move Colton to quarterback and see what we could do. I’m proud of the way they fought through it and got the win.”
Horak finished the night with 205 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. McGohan had 74 yards and a score for second most on the team.
Coble finished 3-5 for 30 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Horak had 20 yards receiving and Kissell had 10 yards and a score.
Horak led the defense with eight tackles and one interception. Nolan Eubanks had one interception.
Oepping had 57 yards and a touchdown on the ground for W-MU, and also threw for 18 yards and an interception. Christian Gerot had three catches for 16 yards and ran for 10. Graham Hagge ran for 20 yards.
Jacob Ford led the Wolves’ defense with 6.5 tackles. Gerot and Hagge each had one fumble recovery and Oepping had an interception.
W-MU will host Lone Tree in their final game this week. WACO will have a bye before their last game, against Tri-County.