Back the Blue: Union students expressed patriotism and respect for law enforcement with their clothing and decorations on Friday.

Back the Blue: Union students expressed patriotism and respect for law enforcement with their clothing and decorations on Friday.

First they shut out Marion, 35-O, a week before the Indians would score 45 vs. Benton Community. Vinton-Shellsburg became Union’s second shut-out victim on Friday, as the Knights defense started the scoring with a safety and held the Vikings to 33 net rushing yards and 38 total yards passing en route to a 50-0 win. The second shut-out came just a week after the Vikings scored 33 vs. Center Point Urbana.

The Knight defense recorded 21 tackles for loss while the offense scored seven touchdowns while compiling 364 yards of total offense. Senior Isaiah Vaughn led the Knights with 162 yards on 17 attempts (a 9.5 yard per carry average) while scoring four touchdowns. Junior QB Troy Hanus completed 11 of 13 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Kicker Dakota Hora was successful on 6 of 7 PAT attempts.

Now, the Knights move into Class 2A District 4 action next Friday when they travel to Monticello, which also begins the season 2-0.

Isaiah Vaughn heads toward the sideline as he begins one of his four TD runs vs. the Vikings.

Isaiah Vaughn heads toward the sideline as he begins one of his four TD runs vs. the Vikings.

The theme of the game was “Back the Blue/Patriot’s Night.” Police chiefs from La Porte City, Dysart, Shellsburg and Vinton, along with other law enforcement personnel, joined team captains at midfield for the coin toss. Many fans on both sides wore “Back the Blue” t-shirts, the sale of which netted $1,700 in donations to area police departments. Tootsie’s also pledged to donate $20 per Union TD to the LPC PD, and donated $120 after the Knights scored six touchdowns.

After the 3rd quarter, many current and former firefighters and other emergency personnel walked on the field to receive recognition. UHS students who filled the south section of the bleachers wore a variety of unique red, white and blue outfits to celebrate patriotism.

See photos of Friday’s game HERE.

See the Union football game stats page HERE.