- FOOTBALL: Viking Offense Overpowers Trojans
By Jeff Motz
WAVERLY---With a balanced attack, the Waverly football team scored early and often on Friday night while tackling cancer.
The Vikings wasted no time unleashing their passing attack on Platteview, while on their way to a 50-0 victory at Viking Stadium.
Waverly (5-3) dedicated the game in the fight against breast cancer. With signs that said "Tackle Cancer" on the east side of the stadium, the Vikings used the inspiration to strike first on Platteview.
Junior running back Hunter Radenslaben got the first carry on the Vikings opening drive and later scored the final touchdown of the game. Press box officials mentioned that Radenslaben lost his mother to cancer a couple of years ago.
As Waverly got going on the opening drive, they faced a fourth and long situation. Quarterback Dillon Ruelas found receiver Jaron Bricker for a 24-yard touchdown reception for a 7-0 lead.
Platteview (1-7) turned the ball over on the next drive, when Waverly defensive back Ben Warner intercepted a Garrett Kirwan pass and returned it 20-yards for a touchdown that put the Vikings ahead 14-0 with 7:20 remaining in the first quarter.
The aerial attack was just warming up when Waverly struck again, this time a 37-yard touchdown pass from Ruelas to Grayson Skrobecki. Jacob Schneider added the two-point conversion for a 22-0 Viking lead midway through the second quarter.
Following a Platteview fumble on the ensuing kick, Waverly recovered the ball, which set up a one-play, 15-yard touchdown pass to Ben Warner for a 29-0 advantage.
Ruelas found Warner again with 37 seconds left in the half on a 29-yard touchdown catch, putting the Vikings up 36-0 at halftime.
Waverly scored two more times in the final two quarters with running clock. Running back Justin Lawrence scored on a 40-yard run with 8:27 in the third quarter, After Skrobecki ran 33-yards to the Platteview one-yard line as the quarter ended, Radenslaben capped the drive with the one-yard touchdown run.
Defensively, Waverly held Platteview to only 156 yards of total offense, 149 of which was on the ground. Running back Chris Eads had 12 carries for 57 yards and Kirwan ran 21 times for 67 yards, while completing 1 of 5 passes for 7 yards.