By Joe Hadachek
Union traveled to Dyersville-Beckman for a 2A D4 match up on Friday night.
DB scored first on a pass play to Mack Brown from Joel Vaske to go up 7-0.   It was the third play of the game and it would be the last points scored by the home team.   From that point onward Union dominated the game with a stingy defense, great special teams play, and an offense featuring the talents of running back Isaiah Vaughan.    Vaughan scored FIVE touchdowns in the first half helping the Knights command a 42-7 lead. With the “Mercy Rule” keeping the clock running in the second half, neither team scored.
The Union offense was clicking behind the arm of junior QB Troy Hanus (Hahn-us) as he was 9 of 13 for 121 yards and added a TD of his own in the first half by running the ball.  Hanus had 5 rushes for 27 yards.   His favorite target of the night was John Boisen who had three catches, while Dylan Stech and Koby Alpers each had two.  Ryan Miller and Vaughan each had one.
In the run game department it was all Vaughan.   After being  out two weeks he picked up where he left off and ran for 275 yards and five touchdowns in 29 carries.    Sophomore Brit Rolison had six carries for 22 yards and Bryce Parker carried the ball three times for 17 yards.
On defense there were ten tackles for loss lead by Daycen Douglass and Brock Hadachek with two each.   Hadachek and Kinsel each had five
tackles, followed by Douglass and Alpers with four.   Five players were tied with three tackles.   Douglass had a fumble recovery and Koby Alpers had an interception in the turnover department.
Kicking game wise Sr Dakota Hora continues to lead the state in kickoffs and also PATs.   He was six of six on PATs.   It was the fourth consecutive
game where the punt team was not utilized by Union.
The Knights (5-0) celebrate Homecoming this week; they will host Waterloo Columbus (1-4). So far, Union has outscored its opponents, 231-13.
See the Union stat page HERE.