Despite a first-quarter deficit, the Waukee High School football team ran away with their second straight victory in a 46-7 rout over Des Moines East Friday night.
The Warriors had to hit the road against a Scarlet team that has constantly given them fits, yet they managed to overcome things and capture the help of 436 total yards of offense. Waukee captured six end-zone trips on 57 plays from scrimmage while holding their opponent under 200 yards of total offense for the second straight week. Defensively, the Warriors shut down the Scarlets to the tune of 172 yards and just one touchdown.
History has shown that Waukee has struggled against Des Moines East and the theme started off in the first quarter when Cade Tjaden uncharacteristically missed an extra point attempt. That gave way for the host Scarlets to capture a lead as the first quarter wound down 7-6. Then came the second quarter where the Warriors scored 21 of their 46 total points. It started with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Randall to Sam O’Dell with 7:05 left in the first half. The senior pair connected for a second time later in the second quarter on an 11-yard score, highlighting huge games for both individuals. It marked the third of four total passing touchdowns for Randall who completed 15 passes and totaled 208 yards through the air. The senior also accounted for 98 yards and two scores on the ground, leading the Warriors on the night. Sam O’Dell had the biggest night of his season so far with 160 total receiving yards on eight receptions. O’Dell also found the end-zone on three separate occasions.
With a slew of offense, the Warriors took to the halftime break scoring 20 unanswered points and a 27-7 halftime advantage. Waukee then added in 19 third-quarter points to pad their lead. The third quarter scoring happened at the 5:11 mark as Randall capped off a 33-yard drive to put Waukee up by a 33-7 margin. The Warrior defense, which allowed just 172 yards of total offense, found a way to score for the second straight contest. With under five minutes left in the third quarter, Joe White picked off a Dominic Reidburn pass and in less than a minute, Waukee increased their lead by two more scores. They rounded out the scoring with the third end-zone connection between Randall and O’Dell for 34 yards and a 46-7 score.
It was an overall sound performance that now gives Waukee a 2-0 record within District-6 play alongside Indianola and Johnston. Next up for the Warriors will be a match-up with Ottumwa (1-5). It’s a match-up that could be overlooked but as head coach Scott Carlson noted, it’s anything but a cakewalk.
“What I’ve noticed about Ottumwa is that even though they’re not having the season they’d like, they are a gritty team,” began Carlson. “They continue to give it all on every play all the way to the whistle. A team like that has the opportunity to beat anyone on any given Friday and we need to keep our heads on a swivel against these guys.”
Waukee has had the better of Ottumwa over recent seasons, besting the Bulldogs last season by a 50-0 final. The 2019 match-up will commence this Friday beginning with kick-off at 7 p.m. from Waukee Stadium.