The Union Knights won a decisive victory over Independence in Dysart, 56-7. The young Knights utilized all three phases (offense, defense, and special teams) and rolled to an early 42-7 lead in the first half. Both teams were (1-0) going into game two with Union defeating Decorah and Independence defeating Waterloo Columbus on week one of the season.
The Knights dedicated this game to the Senior Citizen's of Dysart and La Porte City. In addition, all the youth players were invited to join the varsity team for the national anthem. There were over 175 players from the Knight's Youth Football Club (3rd-6th) and the Union Middle School (7-8th).
After deferring the flip due to a high wind from the NW, the Knight defense held the Mustangs to a three and out series. It did not take long for Wes Burnside (15 rushes, 188 yds, 4 TDs) to burst for a 40 yard TD run and with a Reid Monroe PAT it made the score Union 7, Independence 0. Again the defense held with leading tacklers Blake Clark (10T, 6UT, 4AT, 1TFL), Dylan McLaughlin (10T, 7UT, 3AT, 2.5TFL), and Matt Schmitz (5T, 1UT, 4AT, 2 TFL). The Union offense ran the ball down the field until Burnside broke loose on a 13 yard run for TD. Monroe made the PAT and the score was 14-0.
The new head coach and the win last week kept the Mustangs inspired as Independence rallied on a 27 yard run by Kreston Caldwell-McMurrin. After the Mustang PAT, they trailed 14-7. Field position was a key factor all night long as Union's punt return unit would provide a major advantage for all four quarters. Monroe only punted one time in the game while the Mustangs were forced to punt six times.
The second quarter was all Union. The defense pitched a shutout and a blocked punt by Cory Feldpouch turned into a scoop and score from eight yards out. Prior to that sophomore quarterback Trev Hadachek (4 of 4 passing, 66 yds, 3 TDs, and 6 rushes from 132 yards) connected with Cole Hinders on a 26 yard scoring strike followed by another Burnside rushing TD from 10 yards out. To finish out the Knight scoring in the second quarter Hadachek connected with Hunter Zempel on a 37 yard aerial bomb to put the Knights up 42-7 at the half.
Union opened up with a well blocked kickoff return and a super run by Feldpouch (2 returns, 64 yds). Burnside dominated the first drive and finished with a 33 yard TD run putting Union up 49-7. Mitchell Dierks, who replaced Burnside at running back, also scored in the third quarter on a nine yard run. The entire second half was a running clock due to the 35 point rule. Final score was Union 56, Independence 7.
Twenty-two Knights were involved in at least one tackle and seven Knights scored points during the game. Next Friday the Knights open up 3A district 5 pay at Center Point - Urbana.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME FOR UNION
Line - TJ Gray and Matt Schmitz who helped produce 56 points and 448 yards of total offense in only 36 plays
Back - Trev Hadachek, 4 of 4 passing for 66 yds and 2 Tds, ran the ball in key situations for 132 yds in 6 carries
Line - Matt Schmitz and TJ Gray dominated the LOS and held Independence to 7 points
LB - Dylan McLauglin had 10 tackles with 7 unassisted including 2.5 tackles for loss
Secondary - Brad Siebel, 3 tackles, helped force six punts by Independence
Kyle Ansley for two tackles and excellent coverage on the kickoff unit
Cory Feldpouch who blocked a punt, scooped it up and scored from 8 yds out, passed a fake PAT for two pt conversions and had two KOR for 64 yds
SCOUT TEAM POW:
Defense: Tyler Kirkpatrick
Offense: Brenden Kuhn