- Elkhorn's Depth Too Much For Waverly
By Jeff Motz
WAVERLY---Elkhorn proved right out of the gate how deep their football team will be this season.
The Antlers scored four times, three of which with different running backs, and held on to beat Waverly 28-14 at Viking Stadium.
Elkhorn's first drive went 70 yards and was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run from senior running back Jake Hasty with 8:31 left in the opening quarter. After a quick three and out from Waverly, the Antlers strike back quickly ending a short drive on a 24-yard touchdown run from quarterback Ben Hass for a 14-0 lead.
Elkhorn's pipeline on offense helped create openings for their ball carriers. Their second-string running back Caleb Hazelwood's short three-yard scoring run topped a 66-yard drive and extended the Antler lead to 21-0 at the half.
Three minutes into the second half, Elkhorn senior running back Rashaan Martin broke free on a 44-yard touchdown run that ended the 61-yard drive and extended the lead to 28-0.
Waverly then had the football for a span of nine minutes in the third and fourth quarter. Vikings starting quarterback Zach Petersen was slowed by an ankle injury he suffered early in the game. Sophomore back up Chase Diekmann guided the Vikings the rest of the way, falling short of converting on fourth down on a drive that lasted 73 yards.
Waverly's defense forced their third fumble of the night at their own seven-yard line. Using the famed "wishbone" offense, Waverly executed a 93-yard drive, ending with a 76-yard touchdown run from Jon Murray that put the Vikings on the scoreboard 28-7 with 2:28 left to play.
Another forced fumble gave Waverly the football at the Elkhorn 37, setting the ensuing touchdown run from sophomore Justin Lawrence with the Vikings trailing 28-14 with 1:16 remaining.
Waverly's loss sets up a match up next week against Crete at Viking Stadium. Kick off is at 7pm Friday on LincolnPrepSports.com.