Talented Waukon to be formidable first-round foe

Posted October 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Waukon’s loss to New Hampton on the final night of the regular season, by a score of 19-14, was a bit of a shocker.

After all, the Indians came into that game undefeated, top-ranked, and had zipped through their first eight games as though they were playing against middle school teams.

The closest of those first eight games was a 28-0 win over Charles City in Week Two. Waukon shut out five of those opponents, surpassed the 50-point mark four times, and forced the continuous clock (a 35-point lead in the second half) in five of those games.

The Indians’ loss, however, dropped them to second place in Class 2A, District 3, and a first round playoff date with the Monticello Panthers, Wednesday, Oct. 30 in Waukon.

Monticello coach Jon Kyte is well aware of the Indians’ talent.

“They’ve got some quality athletes,” Kyte said. “They’re going to be a quality team.”

Senior quarterback Parker Hesse is certainly one of those. In the regular season, Hesse completed 50 of 79 passes (63.3 percent) for 827 yards and eight touchdowns with just three interceptions. Hesse has a lot of targets; four different receivers have more than 150 receiving yards.

Hesse also rushed 79 times for 694 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Senior running back Marcus Weymiller is another threat; he carried 76 times for 911 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging a whopping 12.0 yards per carry. Weymiller is also one of Hesse’s favorite receiving targets, with 16 catches for 235 yards and four scores.

Defensively, senior Glyeb Ewing leads the Indians with 73 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Dakota Ness (65 tackles) and Marshall Lyons (62) also anchor the defense.

Monticello and Waukon had no common opponents this season.

The winner will take on either Dyersville Beckman or Hampton-Dumont in a second round game Monday, Nov. 4 at a site to be determined.

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