Stastistics, a collection of numbers, generally do not lie. Analyzing the numbers following the football game played at La Porte City between the Aplington-Parkersburg Falcons and the Union Knights, one might conclude that the contest was an evenly matched one. That conclusion would be wrong, however.
The Knights, who earned fewer first downs and just 41 yards more of total offense than their Class 1A opponent. Union was also penalized nine times during the game, nine more than the Falcons, if you can believe it. Despite those the numbers, the playing field was not as level as the visitors would have liked. Union scored on its first three offensive possessions and returned a blocked punt for another touchdown as they raced out to a 31-7 halftime lead.
With the first game of the season under their belt, it was a different Union squad that took the field Friday night, one with improved play in all phases of the game. The offense used a solid running game and quick-strike passing attack to score four first-half touchdowns. The defense held the vaunted A-P rushing attack in check most of the evening and picked off two Falcon passes. Special teams got excellent coverage on punts and kickoff returns and increased accuracy in extra point kicks. They even put points of their own on the scoreboard in the second quarter, when Nathan Harting scooped up the punt blocked by Dylan Bear and ran 11 yards, untouched, into the end zone.
The result was a 37-13 win over a team that is expected to be a force in the Class 1A postseason tussle. On Friday, Union opens district play at home against Central Springs of Manly.