WAYLAND — Another day, another one-score game for the WACO football team. But unlike Monday’s wild win over Iowa Valley, WACO didn’t come out on top. The other Warriors, from Hartwick-Ladora-Victor, held off a late WACO push to win the game 45-42, putting WACO’s playoff hopes on life support.
HLV led 26-20 at halftime and 37-28 after three quarters. A 61-yard touchdown run by HLV’s Marcus Kolesar made it 45-28 early in the fourth, but WACO didn’t go down easy.
The hometown Warriors scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Nik Coble found Jaden Williams on a 39-yard touchdown pass and then punched in the two-point conversion. Later on, Coble ran in a one-yard touchdown run, which cut the lead to three.
It was the fourth district win in a row for HLV. Those Warriors are alone in first place in the district.
Coble finished the night 28-50 for 422 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 111 yards and five scores.
Williams had a huge night catching the ball. He had 15 receptions for 230 yards and a score. Drew Kissell caught six passes for 95 yards. Robert Frazer had four catches for 49, and Will Edeker caught three balls for 48.
Braden Hammond had eight total tackles to lead the defense.
WACO fell to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the district. They will travel to play English Valleys later this week.