A win on the gridiron is a great way to cap off homecoming week but Friday, Sept. 27, the Waukee football team did that and more as they routed visiting Mason City by a 61-0 final.
It was a display of sure dominance as the Warriors produed a season high 61 points on a season best 542 yards of total offense. Defensively, the Warriors limited Mason City to just 87 yards of total offense. It got Waukee back into the win column after a tough 1-3 start to the season. It was a big win on multiple fronts for Waukee and one that was really welcomed as noted by head coach Scott Carlson.
“For the kids to put a game together the way they did and get the win was a great thing,” said Carlson. “We excuted really well on both sides of the ball which is something you want to see happen as a coaching staff. Really well done by our guys and they deserved the win.”
It took just under two minutes for Waukee to hit the scoreboard and it was done with a little trickery. Normally throwing the touchdown passes, Mitch Randall was on the receiving end for one of his first ever receiving scores of his career, courtesy of a 32-yard toss from Sam O’Dell. The Warriors ended up posting a season-best 26 first quarter points which continued on with Alex Linquist punching in his fifth score of the season with 7:21 left in the opening quarter. That highlighted a monster night for the junior who collected 97 yards on just six carries, averaging over 15 yards per rush. That too was a big part of the win and something that highlighted the night for coach Carlson.
“No matter what you want consistency in your offense and what Alex has given us this year is absolute consistency,” said Carlson. “We know that we can count on a big game from him week in and week out. That allows us to open some things up offensively and get creative knowing that we have Alex to give us a lot of production on the ground.”
Across the next five minutes of game action the Warriors found the end-zone two more times. Both times it was Mitch Randall who produced the score including rushing scores of 14 and 44 yards. That put the game at a 26-0 Warrior advantage just before the first quarter came to a close.
While Randall did most of his damage on the ground, he also put up quite the passing attack which ended with 147 yards and one score. That score came on a 35-yard pitch and catch with Eddie Saidat which boosted the Warrior lead up to 33-0. Randall took the ball into the end-zone himself two more times in the second quarter including a ten-yard score and a six-yard score to capp off 40 and 86-yard drives. The defense also got into teh scoring mix and it came via Dilan Boess who intercepted a pass with 9:39 left in the half for a 20-yard score. That marked an exceptional defensive stand as Waukee held a team under 100 total yards for the first time this season.
“It was a great game overall by the defense,” began Carlson. “The guys made it very difficult for their offense to even get set, let alone run solid plays. It was exciting to see the interception returned for a touchdown, it really goes to show just how locked in these guys are and how well they move to the ball. Great defensive performance out of them this week.”
Most of the starters took the rest of the game off but the scoring didn’t. Jakob Holcomb added in Waukee’s final score of the game with 8:26 left in the third quarter. A 38-yard touchdown run capped off a 40-yard drive and gave the Warriors a 61-0 lead which they held on to for the game final. Waukee’s win now puts them at 2-3 overall with a trip to Des Moines East on the horizon.
While Des Moines East may not look all that tough via their record, as coach Carlson noted, it’s going to be a dog fight that Waukee will have to bring their A-game for.
“Des Moines East has really given us fits over the years and we’ve had some awfully close games with them,” said Carlson. “It’s allways been a realy physical game because they are very athletic. We’re going to get their best shot our kids are going to have to prepare extremely well.”
The chance for a 2-0 start in district play will begin from Des Moines East High School with kick off set for 7 p.m.