After a last second score stole the victory away from Waukee last week, the Warriors came out with a win on their minds Friday night and they came through with a 63-7 win over Mason City.
Waukee poured on the offense often and early spotting all 63 points in the first half. Efficiency was the true name of the game for the Warriors who collected their 63 points on just 268 yards of total offense. After three straight weeks where the passing attack reigned supreme, it was the rushing attack that stole the spotlight for Waukee Friday night. Seven different rushers combined for 121 yards of offense and seven touchdowns.
The first rushing score for Waukee came with nine minutes left in the first quarter courtesy of a two yard score by Alex Linquist. That was just the beginning of what would be a standout night for Linquist who delivered 5 carries for 56 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Waukee totaled 35 points in the first quarter alone which included two more rushing scores from Linqust, with seven minutes left and four minutes left in the first. With under three minutes before the second quarter hit, Warrior quarterback Mitch Randall broke through for two scores, connecting on a 12 yard touchdown strike to Jalen Martinez, not to mention a one yard quarterback keeper for the score.
After quarter one, the Warriors were sitting pretty well and entered the second quarter with a commanding 35-0 lead.
The game was really divided up into two halves with all of Waukee’s scoring coming in the first half. Quarter number two saw the Warriors pound out 28 points. The first second quarter score by the Warriors came from Ethan Okoduwa from three yards out just over a minute into the quarter. That gave Waukee a 42-0 lead before Linquist connected on his fourth and final rushing score of the night with ten minutes left before the halftime break. Okoduwa would add one more rushing score to his total just before the half which combined with Mitch Randall’s second passing touchdown of the night.
That would be all she wrote scoring wise for the Warriors meanwhile the Waukee defense had a collective performance for the ages. Waukee not only held Mason City scoreless until the third quarter, but forced five total turnovers in the process, recovering each and every turnover. The great offensive/defensive combination led to 16 total first downs for Waukee while Mason City struggled for just six all game long.
Mason City struck the scoreboard for the first and only time in the third quarter on a 58 yard punt return for the score. That set the score at it’s eventual resting place of 63-7, marking the third win of the season for the Warriors.
Randall paced the passing attack for Waukee after 7-of-8 passing for 147 yards and two scores while Linquist ran away with the best rushing performance of five carries for 56 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Zach Eaton led the way for Waukee in receiving with 56 yards and one touchdown on five carries. Cole Romdall was the team’s top tackler for the night collecting six tackles followed by 5.5 tackles from Cole Spyksma. Out of the 44 rushing attempts on the night, only six yards came out of it for the Mason City Rushing attack. The Warriors collected 16 first downs which was once again spearheaded by the rushing game with ten first downs compared to six through the air.
The Warriors are now 3-2 on the season and will find themselves back in action on Friday, September 28 against Des Moines East.