The Union Knights bounced back in a big way in week two, placing a 41-14 beatdown on Aplington-Parkersburg on the road Friday night.
The score was the result of a perfect storm: a highly-ranked A-P team coming off a big win over North Tama in which they were largely untested, and an angry Union squad that saw their undefeated dreams die with a last-second field goal in the season opener.
Jay Scheel was once again the catalyst for the Union offense, recording a 28-yard touchdown run in the earlygoing that set the tone for the contest. By halftime, it was all but over, with the Knights straddling a commanding 34-7 lead.
One of the big changes this week was the emergence of players who complimented the 1-2 punch of Scheel and Trev Hadachek, and no one in that group made a bigger impact that Andrew Osuna. After missing week one due to injury, Osuna ran for 65 yards and a touchdown, supplementing the running game and giving the Knights a second option at running back. Scheel finished with 70 yards on the ground, and Hadachek had 45.
In the passing game, Scheel was again efficient, throwing for 257 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-16 passing.
His main target was Brady Petersen, who caught two touchdowns for 95 yards. Hadachek also had four catches for 89 yards, and Kolton Bader had two receptions for a total of 53 yards.
On the defensive side, Tanner Heckt had a sack, and another tackle for a loss, in helping hold A-P to just 14 points after their 52-point effort in week one.
Christian Gray led the Knights with ten total tackles, and Dalton Crosser also had a tackle for a loss.
Union will look to keep the momentum this week. The boys will be on the road to take on Central Springs in their first 2A-3 district game of the season at 7 p.m. Friday.