Warriors wallop Marshalltown, 62-6
WAUKEE – Waukee junior Trevor Allen dropped a wide-open pass from sophomore quarterback Ben Ferkin late in the second quarter during the Warriors’ game against the Marshalltown Bobcats on Friday night.
Fortunately for the Warriors’ all-state tailback, that is about all he did wrong as he made up for the dropped pass by hauling in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Ferkin on the very next play and also finished with 152 rushing yards and four total scores during Class 4A No. 9 Waukee’s 62-6 win over the Bobcat football team at Waukee Stadium.
“They were determined to get better with things we didn’t do well last week and we made some progress this week and I think it showed tonight,” Waukee coach Scott Carlson said.
Allen needed just 13 carries to gain the 152 rushing yards. Ferkin also ran for 45 yards and a score and threw for 153 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Waukee ran five less plays offensively but gained 302 more yards as the Warriors rushed for 282 and tallied 467 in all.
“We just didn’t do assignment football the way we needed to,” said Marshalltown coach Aaron Shipley. “At times, we had guys in the right positions but we just weren’t able to execute the tackling that we talked about. (Allen) busted loose on a couple plays and made us pay. He touched the ball 13 times and scored three touchdowns and had another catch for a touchdown. Him getting into the end zone was a pretty common and that was what we wanted to try to avoid coming into the game.”
All 68 points scored in the game came in the first half. Waukee led 28-0 after one quarter and then scored 34 unanswered in the second frame to take a 62-6 halftime lead. The 35-point continuous clock rule made for a short second half – 31 minutes to be exact.
Allen rushed for more than 200 yards against the Bobcats last year as Waukee needed a 14-point fourth quarter to slip past Marshalltown at Leonard Cole Field.
Friday’s game wasn’t nearly as close as the Bobcats gained just 165 total yards of offense, turned it over three times and committed 11 penalties.
Allen got the scoring started on Waukee’s first possession as the Warriors needed just five plays to go 55 yards. Tyler Speight’s 27-yard run got Waukee (1-1) into scoring position and Allen’s 4-yard run made it 7-0.
Waukee scored on its first three possessions. The second possession took just four plays and 51 yards as Ferkin hit Scott Stanley from 20 yards out. Allen made it 21-0 on the Warriors’ next possession as he went all 70 yards himself, breaking tackles and breaking away from several Bobcat defenders on his way to the end zone.
“We don’t have the physical strength to make those plays,” said Shipley. “We weren’t unable to make the plays. We have to get to the right spot and then we have to execute when we get there. You could see that they were more physical than us and we have to keep improving and keep getting stronger as the season moves on.”
Ferkin threw picks on Waukee’s next two possessions but made up for later with another touchdown pass, this one covering 42 yards to Speight as time expired in the first quarter.
“We wanted to try to confuse their sophomore quarterback,” Shipley said of the two interceptions by his defense. “And we did that a few times and took advantage of a couple throws that didn’t go the right way. Those will be good reference points for us. That is what we are supposed to do and how it is supposed to look.”
Marshalltown (0-2) finally got something going offensively on its next drive. The Bobcats started at their own 20 but went 80 yards in 11 plays. They were helped out by four Waukee penalties that covered 55 yards. The Warriors committed 10 penalties on the night for 115 yards.
Dylan Diveney did hook up with Austin Lovin on pass completions of nine and seven yards on the drive and Joe Rebik finished off the scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown.
Waukee though wasn’t fazed. The Warriors needed just one play to take back the momentum as an onside kick by Marshalltwn was returned 50 yards for the touchdown by Matt Corbett.
The Warriors then scored on defense just two plays later as Diveney’s pass to the sidelines was intercepted and returned 25 yards for the score by Matt Hoeg.
In the span of 32 seconds, Waukee had gone from a 28-6 advantage to a 42-6 lead. Allen added a 13-yard touchdown sprint and the 50-yard touchdown reception, while Ferkin capped the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown plunge with 30 seconds to play until halftime.
After coming up six points short of knocking off West Des Moines Valley last week, the Warriors dominated all facets of the game against Marshalltown despite running five less plays from scrimmage and possessing it a minute less than the Bobcats.
Marshalltown played the game without the services of two of its top four receivers. Austin Kluver missed his second straight game with a hip injury, while senior Marco Tapia also did not play due to an MCL sprain. Austin Sowers led the Bobcats in receiving against Pella but missed the first half due to a violation of team rules. All three receivers should be available and back in the lineup next week when the Bobcats host Fort Dodge.
Rebik gained 37 yards on 20 carries for the Bobcats, while Diveney threw for 89 and rushed for 20 more. Lovin was the top receiver as he had 57 yards on six catches in the loss.
“We are just not getting the job done all the way around offensively,” Shipley said. “We are not blocking well enough on our bubble screens, we are not blocking when we run inside and we are not executing our reads. We have a lot of work to do in that area but we are going to keep working and find out who really wants to be around.”
Lovin and Derek Mann each had five tackles to lead the Bobcat defense, while Lovin and Jordan Paone each had an interception. Waukee now leads the all-time series 6-3. The Warriors are currently tied for ninth with Ames in the latest Associated Press Class 4A rankings. Ames moved to 2-0 on the season Friday with a 47-43 win over Southeast Polk. Two other division rivals – Dowling Catholic and Ankeny Centennial – also have both begun the season 2-0. Ames and Ankeny Centennial will play each other next Friday. Marshalltown will play in its first home game of the season next week as the Bobcats host Fort Dodge at Leonard Cole Field beginning at 7 p.m. Waukee will try to move to 2-1 when it travels to Mason City to battle the Mohawks next week. “We are looking at it as an opportunity to compete,” said Shipley. “We have had some good battles with them over the years and we expect a good battle. The kids are looking forward to it.”