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The speed and power of the WACO Warriors’ offense proved to be too much for the Lone Tree Lions Friday night.
The Warriors (4-2) topped the Lions (1-5) 49-38 to spoil Lone Tree’s homecoming game.
WACO’s Colton Horak racked up 155 yards rushing, 42 yards receiving and three touchdowns on the night.
“Their running back, Colton Horak, showed why he was one of the best players in our district,” Lone Tree head coach Aaron Bohr said. “Our main focus in practice was to stop WACO’s passing game and our guys did a good job of limiting the number of big plays they made through the air, but in doing so we left ourselves susceptible in the ground game.”
WACO dominated the game early, jumping out to a 27-0 lead just past the midway point of the second quarter.
“I thought WACO did a good job of mixing run and pass to keep our defense off balance,” Bohr said. “Offensively, we had a hard time overcoming WACO’s size along our offensive front, which made it tough to run the ball, and we didn’t execute well enough to get the chunk plays that we needed.”
The Lions managed to get on the scoreboard with 1:40 left in the half on Bryce Houser’s 2-yard touchdown run. Brady Dauber ran in the two-point conversion, and WACO led 27-8.
Austin Marshek hit a 33-yard field goal for the Lions with a second to on in the half to close the gap to 27-11.
Horak’s 27-yard touchdown run following a Lone Tree fumble put WACO up 35-11 early in the third period.
Midway through the period, Avery Knock made a leaping catch in the endzone of a Haron Miller pass. Following a failed two-point conversion, WACO led 35-17.
WACO scored two more times in the third quarter, taking a 49-17 lead into the final period.
The Lions came to life in the fourth quarter, when many of the younger players on both teams got some playing time.
“I have been impressed with the way our young players have competed throughout this season,” Bohr said. “They provided us with a spark in the fourth quarter, and they managed to make the game interesting when it previously looked like it might be a blowout.”
The Lions scored three times in the fourth quarter.
Ty Griffin had a 3-yard touchdown run at the 6:21 mark.
With four minutes to go in the game, Knock picked off a WACO pass 3 yards deep in the endzone and returned it 83 yards for a touchdown.
With only 35 seconds to go, Alex Viner hit Cade Shield for a 13-yard touchdown pass.
“Alex Viner in particular is a player that we need to find a greater niche for on our varsity, because he has a knack for making things happen whenever he is on the field, and he is a tremendous leader for our team,” Bohr said. “With us having a bye this week, I am looking forward to having him and our younger guys show how much they have improved and compete for playing time on the varsity down the stretch.”
Harmon Miller 14-25, 201 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Alex Viner 1-3, 13 yards, 1 TD
Harmon Miller 13-46 yards
Cade Shield 2-33 yards
Bryce Houser 11-24 yards, 1 TD
Avery Knock 7-83 yards, 1 TD
Bryce Houser 1-43 yards
Alex Viner, 2-38 yards
Will Holtz 15 tackles, 1 TFL
Cale Yoder 8.5 tackles, 2 TFL
Dwayne Drayfahl 6 tackles