On Friday night in Iowa Falls, Union running back, Isaiah Vaughan set school records for rushing yards (384) and touchdowns scored (7). It almost wasn’t enough. The Iowa Falls-Alden Cadets used superior special teams play and a strong-armed quarterback to rack up 48 points in a game that wasn’t decided until the next to last play. In the end, a 36 yard Cadet field goal attempt with two seconds remaining sailed wide right, securing Union’s third win of the season and greatly enhancing their hopes for advancing to postseason play.
Iowa Falls started quickly, taking the opening kickoff and finding the end zone in less than a minute, as Cadet quarterback Ross Norem lofted a 44 yard touchdown pass to Montana Marchant for an early 7-0 lead.
The Knights answered with a 60 yard touchdown drive to tie the game, only to give it back on an 89 yard kickoff return.
Unfazed, the Knights put together another scoring drive, this one covering 70 yards and punctuated with a 5 yard run by Isaiah Vaughan. Once again, the game was tied, 14-14.
Midway through the second period, Iowa Falls unleashed another big play, a 74 yard touchdown run by Logan Ward to reclaim the lead. Again, the Knights had an answer, as Vaughan sprinted 44 yards for his third touchdown of the game.
Union would grab their first lead of the game moments later. Following Jordan Schmitz’s fumble recovery at the Union 39 yard line, the Knights covered 61 yards in just over a minute and a half. When Vaughan crossed the goal line on a 14 yard run, the Knights had a 28-21 lead they would take into halftime.
In the second half, Vaughan would score on runs of 5, 80 and 29 yards. But another kickoff return for a touchdown and an onside kick recovery kept Iowa Falls-Alden close. Out of timeouts with 1:09 left in the game, another long pass play helped the Cadets move the ball inside the Union 20 yard line, where a field goal attempt to win the game missed the mark.
Union will host undefeated Anamosa on Friday in a non-district contest. On October 23, the Knights’ will welcome South Hardin for their final regular season game, with a win over the Tigers securing third place in the district standings.