The Waukee High School football team was involved in an always tough match-up with non-district rival West Des Moines Valley Friday, Sept. 20 in Des Moines.
Waukee battled the Valley Tigers to wrap up the non-district portion of their schedule and despite the big win against Prairie last week, the Warriors couldn’t replicate the performance, falling to the Tigers by a 38-10 final. It was by far the least productive outing of the season for the Warriors producing season lows in points scored with ten.
Normally with losses there is an easy scapegoat to point to but for the Warriors Friday night, it was quite the odd scene. Waukee didn’t turn the ball over once and in fact actually caused a Valley turnover via a Connor Arndt interception. Waukee matched Valley with 68 plays ran and even posted 373 total yards of offense which didn’t dip below their season low mark. Their rushing attack was solid posting 194 yards on 30 attempts while the aerial attack brought forth 179 yards and Waukee’s only end-zone trip. It’s also impossible to blame it on the penalties as Waukee’s five penalties for 31 yards was dwarfed by Valley’s eleven penalties for 90 yards. The offense was fairly balanced and spread out like normal with four receivers earning at least three receptions while four rushers had at least one attempt.
The game started out with a Valley lead 3-0 in the first quarter which was answered by a Caden Tjaden 42 yard connection to tie the game up 3-3 early in the second quarter. From there Valley started to pull away with a touchdown with four minutes left in the half to put the Tigers up 10-3. Even at the halftime break the Warriors were well within reach. Then the third quarter hit and that’s where most of the scoring happened for both teams. Valley opened up with a seven yard touchdown pass to open up their lead 17-3 with 8:32 left in the third. The Tigers opened up their lead 24-3 but then the Warriors would strike back with an eleven-yard pitch and catch with veteran receiver Sam O’Dell with 2:31 left in the third quarter. That score cut the Valley lead to 24-10.
From there on however, the normally potent Waukee offense fell silent to a strong Tiger defense. Valley would go on to add two more end-zone trips to their game resume which would lead to the eventual 38-10 defeat over Waukee. Senior signal caller Mitch Randall completed 15-of-38 passing for 179 yards and one score. Junior Alex Linquist once again broke the 100 yard rushing mark with 105 yards on just ten carries. Leading the way in receiving was Sam O’Dell with 74 yards and one touchdown on four receptions.
Unfortunately for Waukee, they end their non-district schedule with a 1-3 mark, something that hasn’t happened to Warrior football in nine seasons. The Warriors will get the chance to shake it off as they not only kick off district play, but celebrate homecoming week in the process. Waukee will wrap up the homecoming week with a match-up against Mason City with kick-off set for 7 p.m.