United crushes West Prairie

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 It took just 38 seconds for United to take control of their 47-8 victory over West Prairie Friday night.

 After the Red Storm kicked off to the Cyclones, the United defense penetrated into the West Prairie backfield en masse on the first play from scrimmage forcing a fumble. Two plays later Danton McMullen gashed the Cyclone defense for a 20-yard score nearly untouched.

Later McMullen broke lose for a 49-yard run that was stopped only when a Cyclone defender stepped on his heel near their 20-yard line. He finished with 85 yards on six carries with three scores. Nick Hull gained 91 yards on 10 carries. Geoffrey Hahn finished with 64 yards on five carries with a score.

United QB Christian Schrader was 3-of-7 for 54 yards with a TD and interception.

"It was exciting to get out and play varsity. I thank the line, it was all due to them," McMullen said.

It was 14-0 after the first quarter, 28-0 at halftime and with 5:12 to go in the third quarter it was 41-0 and the IHSA mandated running clock was in effect.

"Last week we took the field pretty green. We got the first game jitters and blunders out of the way. We talked about coming out and playing with intensity," said United assistant coach Fred Lucas.

West Prairie put a 12-play drive together on their second possession, but could only advance as far as the United 46-yard line before sputtering to a halt.

United was dominant throughout the game on both sides of the ball. Offensively they repeatedly broke runs of five yards or more, frequently on third down. The back breaker for Untied was Geoffrey Hahn's 40-yard touchdown on a toss-sweep right on 4th-and-8 with 5:12 to go in the first half.

Defensively, United gave up a handful of mid-range passes, but West Prairie never threatened to score until the game was out of hand. Nick Cavanaugh was responsible for several big hits on Cyclone receivers.

A shadow was cast on the game for United with 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter when sophomore quarterback Issac Taber was injured while being tackled. The on-site ambulance was immediately summoned. His condition was unknown at press time, however he waved strongly to the crowd as he was loaded in the ambulance and was not in a neck brace.

The Red Storm played the game without coach Tim Engebretson who was attending funeral services for his mother who died earlier in the week. Lucas filled in for the United coach.

"Coach E. is in our hearts and prayers," McMullen said.

United improved to 1-1 while the Cyclones fell to 0-2. It was the second consecutive game West Prairie gave up 47 points in a game.