- FOOTBALL: Waverly's Offense Outruns Crete
By Jeff Motz
WAVERLY---In a game that took 3 hours and 4 minutes, it seemed that Waverly and Crete had enough energy to keep playing longer Friday night.
There were big plays, which seems to be an understatement when you consider three of Waverly's touchdowns were over 50 yards in a 60-37 victory over the Cardinals at Viking Stadium.
Viking quarterback Dillon Ruelas passed for six touchdowns on 14-of-24 passing and 297 yards. Twice, Ruelas passed to Jaron Bricker and Isaiah Brown for scores. Bricker scored on a 54-yard toss and 16-yarder. Brown caught touchdown passes from 40 and 34 yards. Ben Warner scored on a 51-yard toss and Justin Lawrence received a 19-yard toss for the game's first score.
Crete quarterback Rhett Harms ran for a 12-yard touchdown and threw for one early in the second quarter, a 27-yard reception by Jose Marquez that put the Cardinals up 12-6.
Waverly (3-1) capitalized on a fumble at the Crete 19-yard line when senior defensive lineman Justin Hennessey recovered the ball and ran it back for a touchdown, giving the Vikings the lead for good and a 13-12 edge.
The aerial assault from Waverly in the second quarter, which took more than an hour to play, boosted their lead to 33-24 at the half.
The Vikings jumped to a 40-24 early third quarter lead on Bricker's 17-yard reception for a score, then the Cardinals fired back with Harms finding Hunter Bradley on a 75-yard scoring strike. Warner touchdown catch put Waverly up 47-30, before Bradley caught another touchdown pass, this one from 29-yards with less than a minute left in the third quarter.
Brown's second touchdown catch and Reece Kroger's pick six put the game out of reach for good in the fourth quarter.
What didn't help Crete (1-3) was turnovers and penalties. The Cardinals lost two fumbles while Harms threw three interceptions. Crete had 14 penalties for 115 yards.
Harms picked up 227 passing yards, while throwing for three touchdowns.