PAY DIRT - Senior John McQuilkin crashes into the end zone for the Knights’ final score of the game in Union’s 49-0 win over East Marshall. Photo by Jane Whittlesey.

PAYDIRT – Senior John McQuilkin crashes into the end zone for the Knights’ final score of the game in Union’s 49-0 win over East Marshall. Photo by Jane Whittlesey.

With a week of Union High School’s 2014 Homecoming celebration coming to a close, those returning to their alma mater had to like what they saw on the football field, as the Knights dominated a thoroughly outmanned team from East Marshall.
Scoring on their first six offensive possessions, Union rolled to a big first-half lead and coasted in an abbreviated second half, thanks to the continuous clock that ran when the Knights attained a 35 point lead.
Once again, the union offense was led by sophomore Isaiah Vaughan, who used his blockers to near perfection, gaining 146 yards on just 14 carries. The Knights were equally potent by air, as John Boisen and Brady Driscol each threw for 63 yards and a touchdown apiece, without a ball touching anything but Union receivers’ hands. While Boisen’s six completions came by way of a conventional air attack, Driscol stunned the East Marshall defense, taking a pitch in what looked to be a reverse running play. Instead, Driscol pulled up and heaved a long pass down field to a very wide open Tate Hadachek, giving the Knights a 14 point lead just six minutes into the game.
From there, it was all about the Union ground game, with Vaughan scoring on runs of 10, 34 and 3 yards. On Vaughan’s first score, it appeared the Mustang defender would wrap him up a few yards shy of the goal line. Vaughan evaded the would-be tackler, though, with a leap that would make a high-hurdler jealous, jogging into the end zone untouched.
With improved special team’s play and a near-penalty free game, the Knights’ record improved to 4-1 overall, 3-0 in district play.
After two consecutive home games, Union takes to the road on Friday night for a showdown in Parkersburg. At stake is first place in the district standings, as the Falcons also enter the contest undefeated in district play.