Football schedule deep dives: WACO

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Tim Willits returns a fumble recovery downfield during a WACO home game last season.
Union file photo Tim Willits returns a fumble recovery downfield during a WACO home game last season.

We’re still over three months out from the 2020 Iowa high school football season, but with high school sports currently going on, and schedules being released earlier this year, it’s never too soon to look ahead to fall.

Today begins the Union’s deep dive into the 2020 football schedules, starting with WACO. The Warriors went 4-5 overall last season and 3-4 in district play.

The Warriors will be playing in Class Eight-Player’s District 4 in 2020. District 4 has nine teams, meaning the Warriors only have one non-district game. WACO’s lone non-district game will be against Hartwick-Ladora-Victor in Week 3.

WACO will star the year with two home games, both in league play. WACO will play District 4 foes English Valleys and Twin Cedars. The Warriors beat English Valleys 56-46 on the road last season, and hasn’t played Twin Cedars since 2017.

“We lost 10 seniors, so having two home games to start really helps us have a chance to feel comfortable and establish what we want to do,” head coach Chad Edeker says. “I think we can be very competitive with these two schools and have a chance to have a positive start to the season.”

The Warriors will then play back-to-back road games, including the contest at HLV. They will play at New London in Week 4 and host Lone Tree in Week 5, meaning four out of WACO’s first five games will take place in Henry County.

The Lone Tree game also will serve as WACO’s homecoming game. Coach Edeker says the Sept. 25 date was an easy decision with all three of the team’s other four home games taking place too early or too late in the season.

“There was little choice in homecoming opponents with our schedule this year,” Edeker says. “With home games on Weeks 1, 2, 5 and 8, the Week 5 game becomes homecoming no matter who the opponent is. Lone Tree is a team that did a great job of taking us out of our game last year and was really able to put pressure on our passing game. We will need to improve our pass protection schemes against them, but I think it will be a very exciting and challenging game.”

WACO will play three out of its four October games on the road, playing at Moravia and Tri-County in Week six and seven, and finishing out the year at Winfield-Mt. Union. The Warriors’ final home game will be against Montezuma, a team Edeker says should be district favorites with who they return.

“They didn’t make the playoffs last year, but have a lot of returning talent,” Edeker says. “They didn’t make the playoffs last year, but have a lot of returning talent. If we can improve as the season goes along, the Week 8 matchup could be very important in the playoff race.”

Edeker says although the team has only four home games in the fall, Warrior fans should have some exciting games this year.

“We only have four home games, but I think they have a lot of appeal to fans,” Edeker says. “Our first two games are at home, and I think everyone will be wanting to get out and see some sports by the time August rolls around.”

Listed below is the full schedule for WACO, with home games in bold and district games marked with an asterisk.

Aug. 28 vs. English Valleys*

Sept. 4 vs. Twin Cedars*

Sept. 11 at Hartwick-Victor-Ladora

Sept. 18 at New London*

Sept. 25 vs. Lone Tree* (Homecoming)

Oct. 2 at Moravia*

Oct. 9 at Tri-County*

Oct. 16 vs. Montezuma*

Oct. 23 at Winfield-Mt. Union*