Washington Evening Journal
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VICTOR — An hour and a half ride in a school bus seems like a long way when traveling to a destination but the trip is more enjoyable coming back after a win in a Class 8-man football game.
WACO created five turnovers to fuel a 41-13 victory over HLV, riding out to a 35-0 halftime lead.
Interceptions were secured by Simeon Reichenbach, Mason Miller and Drew Diers, with Diers going 50 yards for a touchdown. Two fumbles were caused by penetration into the backfield and the Warriors blocked a punt with Colton Leichty, Cody Graber and Tyler Sutton each securing one of those turnovers.
“We had another standout performance from our defense,” WACO head coach Chad Edeker said. “Our offensive and defensive lines did a great job of establishing the line of scrimmage in our favor.
WACO did not have many big plays, just consistent positive yards for scores. One scoring drive used up more than eight minutes of the first quarter to go 76 yards on21 plays. Three other scoring drives were short fields caused by turnovers. Total yards were 275-261 for HLV, a result of a 5-0 turnover margin.
Jon Rice’s touchdown run from the 3 was the first WACO score, then Reichenbach kicked a field goal and had two short touchdown runs. Diers scampered into the end zone from the 12 and his pick six was the last score of the half. Isaac Oswald had an 11-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
WACO is 3-0 play at home Friday against English Valleys, which defeated Lone Tree 12-0 to improve to 2-0. “That will be a big test for us,” Edeker said. “We look forward to the challenge and the chance to prove ourselves.”