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10/03/2014 - FOOTBALL: Big 2nd Half Helps Waverly Rally Past Bennington

By Jeff Motz

WAVERLY---It's been about progression all season for the Waverly football team.  And it paid off Friday night.

The Vikings earned their first win by rallying in the fourth quarter to earn a 26-14 victory over Bennington at Viking Stadium.  It also marked the first win of the season for Waverly, under first-year head coach Tim Williams.

A turning point for the Vikings came toward the end of the third quarter.

When Jake Bressman scored on a 1-yard sneak play into the end zone to extend Bennington's lead to 14-6 with 21 seconds left, Waverly threw a 59-yard pass to Jaron Bricker to the Badger 26 on the ensuing drive.

The Vikings controlled the ball starting the fourth quarter and not even 30 seconds later, running back Jon Murray scored on a 13-yard run, closing the deficit to 14-12.  

Momentum shifted toward Waverly the rest of the game.

A Bennington drive would stall when quarterback Eric Fritch would take a sack from Waverly rush end Luke Winter for a loss.  Dillon Ruelas threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ben Warner that gave the Vikings a 19-14 lead with 8:14 remaining.  Up to then, Waverly had yet to record a lead at home this season.

Bennington's next drive stalled at midfield, but Waverly found a way to win; by going to the ground game down field with Murray.  Ruelas then found Warner again on a 25-yard touchdown pass and Austin Lowell intercepted a pass with 1:40 left, which ultimately sealed the victory.

Tristan Nicks scored the first touchdown for a 7-0 Badger lead with 1:48 left in the first.  John Faughn returned the favor, by scoring on a 22-yard pass completion, 

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