The Waukee Warriors ended their three-game winning streak with a heartbreaking loss to the Johnston Dragons on Friday, Oct. 13. With the 31-18 loss, the Warriors finished second to Johnston in their district (Class 4A District 1).
The Warriors started out with the ball, but it didn’t take long for the the Dragons to be on the offensive side.
It also didn’t take long for the Dragons to push the goal line. With 9:37 left in the first quarter Dragon Brock Studer had made it down to the six-yard line before Warrior Nolan Roethler was able to bring him down.
Luckily the Warriors were able to hold the Dragons off for a few more plays, but the Dragons were still able to score off a two-yard pass to Blake Murray. With 7:24 left, and a successful PAT the Dragons led 7-0.
The Warriors’ possession started with a touchback, but was followed by an incomplete pass. The Warriors were still gained yards though, when a penalty was called on the Dragons.
With a few plays, the Warriors were able to get the ball down to the Dragons 41-yard line. This was the furthest they were able to make it though before they were forced to attempt a field goal.
Luckily, Wesley Sanders was able to make the 41-yard field goal for their first three points. With 3:09 left in the first quarter the score was 7-3 with the Dragons leading.
When the Dragons punted the ball again, a Warrior fumble on the punt return immediately allowed them to have possession. The first quarter ended 7-3, with the Dragons holding the ball.
The second quarter started off with the Warriors breaking up a pass between Dragons. Just ten seconds into the quarter, the Dragons were forced to attempt a 35-yard field goal.
Collin Hushagen’s attempt was no good, and the Warriors had control of the ball at the 35-yard line.
Quarterback Mitch Randall then carried the ball to the 37-yard line. On the following play, Randall handed the ball off to Jordan Perry who ran the ball down to the Dragons’ seven-yard line.
The Warriors weren’t able to get any closer to the end zone before being forced to go for another field goal. Sanders scored the 11-yard field goal and put the Warriors just one point behind (7-6).
The Dragons quickly pushed the ball down the field on their next possession. Luckily, the Warriors were able to stop them and force them to go for a field goal before they could score a touchdown.
This time Hushagen was able to score the 18-yard field goal to put the Dragons up 10-6 with just under seven minutes left in the half.
The Warriors didn’t hold their possession long, but penalties called against the Dragons kept them from scoring, right away.
With a penalty called against the Warriors and then a carry from Dragon Nick Geller, the Dragons pushed their way to the four-yard line.
Gavin Sullivan was able to score the three-yard touchdown for the Dragons on the next play. Hushagen’s PAT was good and the score was 16-6 with 1:10 left in the half.
The Warriors had possession of the ball at the end of the half, but didn’t gain any yards after the punt.
The Warriors’ possession didn’t last long after an intercepted pass with just over 11 minutes left in the third quarter. Roethler came back on the next play, though, taking down the Dragons’ quarterback Andrew Nord.
The ball went back and forth for a bit, but with 6:20 left in the quarter, the Dragons had the ball again.
Just a minute into their possession, Nord passed the ball to Sullivan who ran the ball 92 yards for another touchdown. With the extra point, the Dragons led 24-6.
The clock ticked on and the Warriors could not get catch up, the score remained with the Dragons leading.
The fourth quarter started quickly. After the Dragons ended the third quarter with the possession, they were also able start near the end zone.
Just seven seconds in, Nord sent a 14-yard pass to Murray in the end zone, giving the Dragons their last six points. Hushagen made the PAT and the score was 31-6.
The Warriors were finally able to gain some yards; Randall even sent a pass to Zach Eaton in the end zone. Unfortunately, the pass fell incomplete, and the Warriors continued inch their way to the end zone.
Finally, just one yard from goal, Perry carried the ball into the end zone, scoring the Warriors’ first touchdown.
The Warriors chose to go for a two-point conversion. It fell just short and allowed the Dragons to have possession again. Just under six minutes left in the game, the Warriors trailed 31-12.
The Warriors held the Dragons off before regaining possession of the ball with three minutes to go.
The Warriors quickly carried the ball down the field and soon they were just three yards away from scoring again. This time, Randall was the one to carry the ball into the end zone, adding another six points to the board.
Again, the Warriors’ decided to go for a two-point conversion, but were unsuccessful. With 1:53 left in the game, the Dragons led 31-18.
The Dragons finished with the ball, and kneeled to end the game. The Warriors lost the game, 31-18, to be district champions.
The Warriors will play Sioux City North onThursday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.