Waubun gridders go undefeated
Of what can be considered a "sloppy" first half by the Waubun Bombers in Tuesday season finale home game against Win-E-Mac, the switch to the buzzsaw was flipped on early in the third quarter.
After four consecutive turnovers by the Patriots to start the second half, leading to four straight touchdowns by Waubun -- with three of those TD's coming on just three touches by the Bombers -- the rout was on.
By the time the dust settled, Waubun completed its second-straight undefeated season at 8-0 with a 74-0 thrashing of Win-E-Mac.
"We just started out slow and Win-E-Mac was putting a lot of people in the box," said Bomber running back and WHS' all-time leading rusher Tyler Voss. "(Fullback) Izaak Bray went to the coaches and told them we can run up the middle against these guys and that's what we went out and did."
And they did over and over.
Senior running back Floyd DeGroat converted the Pat's first turnover -- a fumble -- into a 71-yard touchdown sprint to increase the halftime lead to 26-0.
After a Bray interception on Win-E-Mac's very next play, Aaron Haugo swept around left end for a 25-yard end zone rush.
The trend continued with the Patriots fumbling the ball on their next possession, as the next touch went for another long touchdown run by Haugo.
By then, Waubun head coach Jason McCloskey was inserting his freshmen and sophomore players with dive plays being called, while the same end-result resulted -- with Waubun in the end zone.
Another touchdown occurred on freshman Sam Lerud's 54-yard punt return.
The third-quarter flurry of points was a microcosm of Waubun's season -- when they get on a roll and grab some momentum, the scoreboard starts winding up like a pinball machine.
"When these guys get a taste of momentum, they run with it," McCloskey said. "They are all hard-nosed football players and they really hate losing."
The swagger the Bombers possess is also undeniable.
It's not an over-confidence swagger, but an attitude of one which they expect to win. There wasn't any big celebrations Tuesday night after a touchdown run, just a look that they've been there before and will be back in the end zone again.
That type of attitude was garnered from a very successful year in 2007, where Waubun finished as the state's Nine-Man runner-up.
With many of those players back for a hopeful repeat run -- plus an extra win -- that playoff experience will go a long ways.
"We're going to take it one game at a time," Voss said. "We just want to keep things rolling."
DeGroat added there is probably only one opponent who has the best chance of beating them in the playoffs.
"The only team which will beat us is ourselves," DeGroat said. "We just need to eliminate our mistakes early on in (playoff) games."
The offensive line has played a huge part in the potent offense, but the defense has been equally impressive.
The leader of the defense is Bray, who is the vocal and leader by example type of player.
"We call him Bray-lacher (after Chicago all-pro linebacker Bryan Urlacher)," McCloskey said. "We have to reel him in a little bit at times, but he is just a beast out there."
But McCloskey, along with his coaching staff of defensive coordinator Ed Perrault, John Short and Nick Lerud, need to keep reminding the team that losses come cheap.
"We do realize we are beatable, and although it's a cliché, we need to take it one game at a time," the Waubun head coach said. "Everyone has us penciled in to face Ada-Borup in the section championship, but there are a lot of good teams in this section to think that.
"We need to take care of our business first."
The Bombers open the playoffs Tuesday at home as the Section 8 top seed.
Spartans for 2nd time
The cold, wet weather Friday was not an indicator of how the Waubun Bombers have been playing this season -- quite the opposite actually.
It was cold and wet, but that didn't stop the Waubun Bombers from spoiling a Homecoming win for the Ulen-Hitterdahl Spartans, winning 49-6 behind a 27-point third quarter.
The Bombers offensive line of Curtis Rodgers, Aaron Moore, Jake Simon, Matt Haverkamp and Aaron Haugo, dominated the Spartans defense all night long.
The Bombers tallied 325 yards, most of that by the end of the third quarter.
DeGroat led the way with 15 carries for 133 yards and three Td's.
Voss rushed eight times for 94 yards and Stephen Stone had three carries for 62 yards -- most of those came on a third quarter 54-yard dash up the middle for a touchdown.
Although that's where Stone ended his night's work, that wasn't where he started his impressive outing.
He took the Spartan's first punt 64 yards for the touchdown.
Bray bulldozed his way into the end zone twice on the night.
The Bomber's defense was stringent once again as they forced six Spartan fumbles, recovering four.
Ulen-Hitterdahl was missing three starters, due to injuries, from their first meeting with the Bombers Sept. 12.
The scrappy Spartans scored on a one-yard pass late in the third quarter.
Waubun 49, Ulen-Hitterdal 6
Bombers - 14 8 27 0 -- 49
Spartans. - 0 0 6 0 -- 6
WHS" #30 DeGroat, Floyd 9 yd run (#28 Haugo, Aaron kick);
WHS:?#2 Stone, Stephen 64yd punt return (#28 Haugo, Aaron kick)
WHS: #44 Bray, Izaak 4 yd run (#1 Spaeth, Dustin pass to #30 DeGroat, Floyd)
WHS:?#30 DeGroat, Floyd 3 yd run (#28 Haugo, Aaron kick);
WHS: #44 Bray, Izaak 3yd run (Kick Failed);
UH: #3 1 yd pass to #99;
WHS: #30 DeGroat, Floyd 48 yd run (#28 Haugo, Aaron kick);
WHS: #2 Stone, Stephen 54 yd run (#28 Haugo, Aaron kick).
First Downs 12 9
Net Yards Rushing 325 92
Attempts 38 42
Yards Passing 20 93
No. Passes 4 11
Completed 1 6
Had intercepted 0 0
Total Yards 345 98
Penalties/yards 6/55 2/20
Fumbles/lost 2/0 6/4
Waubun Individual statistics
Rushing (att-yds): #30 DeGroat, Floyd 15-133, #21 Voss, Tyler 8-94, #2 Stone, Stephen 3-62, #44 Bray, Izaak 5-24, #20 Voss Tanner 2-9, #8 Ladue, Adam 1-5, #32 Lerud, Sam 1-2, #12 2-1, #1 Spaeth, Dustin 1-(Minus 5).
Passing (comp-att-td-yds): #1 Spaeth, Dustin 1-3-0-20, #12 James Ritterman 0-1-0-0.
Receiving (rec-yds): #2 Stone, Stephen 1-20; Ulen-Hitterdahl Spartans, #81 2-60, #28 2-23, #99 2-10.