Waukon football team opens season with 56-0 romp over MFL/MarMac

Going airborne ... Waukon football senior Isaiah Welch leaps for a catch in the Indians 56-0 home victory over MFL/MarMac to open the 2017 season Friday, August 25. Welch hauled in three receptions for 46 yards and also caught another for a two-point conversion before also kicking an extra point. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The 2017 season for the Waukon football team opened with a bang, as the gridiron Tribe made short work of Class 1A neighbor MFL/MarMac with a 56-0 triumph at home Friday, August 25. The game was a homecoming, of sorts, for former Waukon football head coach Tom Oppelt, who is now in his fifth year as head coach of the Bulldog gridiron program.

Behind an early tone set by senior standout Mitchell Snitker, the Indians bolted to a 50-0 halftime lead on the way to the easy victory. Snitker scored on the second play from scrimmage on a 48-yard touchdown run and then also on the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage with a 30-yard “pick-6” interception for a touchdown, all within just over a minute into the game and headlining a five-touchdown performance by the speedy senior on just five offensive touches in the game.

The Indians were one of just four Class 2A District 4 teams that recorded victories in their season openers, Cascade and Dyersville Beckman also pitching a Week One shut-out. The Tribe is next scheduled to travel to fellow Northeast Iowa Conference colleague New Hampton this Friday, September 1 to wrap up their early-season, non-district schedule. The Chickasaws come off a 14-0 season-opening victory this past Friday, August 25 at home against Charles City.

“Week One is always hard to evaluate,” Coach Beermann said of the results throughout District 4. “Sometimes you have kids who were ineligible, and teams change a lot once you hit Week 5 and those kids come back on the scene. We are excited to have a great challenge this week at New Hampton; a quality program and a conference rival with some really good linemen.”

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