Defense shines in Wausa win
WAUSA - The Wausa Vikings (ranked #10 in class D2) are starting to sail into waters that for them are rarely charted.
An aggressive Viking defense held Creighton in check, as Wausa beat their Knox County rivals Friday, 34-0.
The Vikings held the Bulldogs to 248 yards of offense and forced three turnovers. That proved to be more than enough for the Wausa offensive attack, which hit on big play after big play. The shortest of the Vikings' five scores was a 37-yard touchdown run by senior halfback Josh Wattier.
The win pushes Wausa to 4-0 on the season, their best start since 2012, when they won their first six games and made the second round of the Class D2 playoffs. It was also their first shutout since a 38-0 win over Walthill in 2009.
Creighton slips to 2-2 with the loss.
CREIGHTON (2-2) - 0 0 0 0 - 0
WAUSA (4-0) - 14 14 6 0 - 34
- 8:46: Jaxon Claussen (WAU) 56-yd TD run (2-pt conversion no good)
- 7:11: Jaxon Claussen (WAU) 60-yd TD run (2-pt conversion good)
- 11:30: Jaxon Claussen (WAU) 68-yd TD run (2-pt conversion good)
- 8:13: Josh Wattier (WAU) 50-yd TD run (2-pt conversion no good)
- 9:15: Josh Wattier (WAU) 37-yd TD run (2-pt conversion no good)
- Jaxon Claussen: 6 carries, 184 yds, 3 TD
- Josh Wattier: 21 carries, 127 yds, 2 TD
- Tug Dawson: 6 carries, 6 ydsC
- Jaxon Claussen: 3-of-7, 33 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
- Cashe Carlson: 2 rec, 33 yds
- Josh Wattier: 1 rec, 0 yds
- Gage Walton: 12 carries, 38 yds
- Ty Diedrichsen: 12 carries, 35 yds
- Taylor Nilson: 12 carries, -3 yds
- Kale Fulton: 1 carry, -1 yds
- Taylor Nilson: 20-of-35, 179 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
- Gage Walton: 12 rec, 89 yds
- Ethan Kuhl: 4 rec, 41 yds
- Kale Fulton: 2 rec, 27 yds
- Ty Diedrichsen: 2 rec, 22 yds