Waukon football team tallies 20-0 outscoring, controls second half for a Happy Homecoming victory over Crestwood, 34-20

Couple catches for first downs ... Waukon football junior Judah Johnson sprints past the first down marker after catching a pass in the heavy rain for a 21-yard gain on the opening drive in the Indians’ 34-20 Homecoming victory over Crestwood Friday, September 22. Johnson caught the Tribe’s only two pass receptions in the ballgame for 24 yards, both of those catches for first downs that included a fourth-down pick-up late in the ballgame. He also wrapped up three solo tackles and one assisted stop in the win. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Coming off the program’s first loss in district play in six years one week earlier, playing in a steady rain and facing a team that had run for nearly 500 yards the week before, the Waukon football team overcame all those challenges to make it a happy Homecoming Friday, September 22 with a 34-20 win over Crestwood. After the two teams raced to a 14-14 scoreboard knot after just the first quarter and the grid Tribe faced a 20-14 deficit with less than two minutes before the halftime break, the Indians took control for the game’s remainder to rattle off 20 unanswered points and pitch a second-half shut-out for their Homecoming victory.

“Early in the game, we were not finishing blocks, and we were not finishing tackles,” Waukon football coach Chad Beermann said of his team’s early trading of scoreboard production. “Making contact with shoulder pads is not enough on either offense or defense.  You must sustain the contact and finish. When we struggle, we aren’t finishing either our blocks or tackles. Crestwood’s long scoring run on fourth and short was a classic example. Too many players watching, assuming someone else would finish the tackle. We gang-tackled much better as the game went on.”

The grid Tribe will now hit the road this Friday, September 29, traveling to the home of an Oelwein squad that has yet to win a game this season. The Huskies come off a 35-6 Homecoming loss to New Hampton this past Friday and have not scored more than 14 points in any of its five games thus far this season.

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