The Union Knights arrived at South Tama High School on September 18 looking to build on the success of their first win of the season. Standing in Union’s way was the only remaining undefeated team in the district, the South Tama County Trojans. Both teams entered the game tied with Aplington-Parkersburg atop the Class 2A District 6 standings, so winning the game meant taking a big step toward claiming a district championship.
For the second time in four games, weather would play a role in the football game, as the first half was played in a driving rain.
The Knights received the opening kickoff but were unable to advance the ball, as the South Tama defenders focused on slowing down Isaiah Vaughan and the Union running game. It was a theme that would prove common throughout the evening.
The South Tama offense had no such problem, scoring on their first two offensive possessions to jump out to an early 13-0 lead. It didn’t get any better for the Union offense in the second quarter, as their three drives ended with a punt and two interceptions.
After surrendering the two early scores, the Knights’ defense buckled down to keep them in the game. Despite the two second quarter turnovers, the Knights were able to keep South Tama off the scoreboard. At halftime, the score remained 13-0.
While the rain dissipated in the second half, the rain-soaked field continued to challenge both teams, as the teams combined to boot nine punts.
Early in the third quarter with the Knights in punt formation, a moment of indecision proved costly for Union. On fourth and five at the South Tama 40 yard line, Union punter John Boisen tucked the ball and made a move to run for the first down. In the face of four defenders and no blockers, he tried to get the punt away, only to have the kick smothered by a hard charging Trojan. A few plays later, South Tama extended their lead on a 44 yard run through the Union defensive line.
The loss drops Union to 1-1 in district play, 1-3 overall. On Friday, the Knights will try to get back to their winning ways against East Marshall in Le Grand.