KTVO'S Kamady Rey caught up with Albia coach Jerry Staton following his team's 27-21 loss to Waukon in the class 2A state semifinal game.
Waukon's Marcus Weymiller burst through a hole in the line and then cut to outside and sprinted for a 63-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to give the Indians a 19-14 lead. On the ensuing play, Parker Hesse ran it into the end zone for a two-point conversion to give the Indians a 21-14 lead.
Later in the third, Waukon embarked on a methodical drive ornamented with slick runs by Hesse. Appropriately, Hesse finished the drive by squirming by a couple Albia defenders while being battered like a ping-pong ball until he found the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown to give Waukon a 27-14 lead. The Indians two-point conversion attempt failed.
In the fourth quarter, Brett Leshen catalyzed a drive for Albia by returning a punt to about the Indians 5-yard line. Albia couldn't put it into the end zone on the next three plays, but on fourth in one, Alex Schultz would come through for the Blue Demons. Despite meeting a lot of defensive resistance, Schultz, on a herculean effort, managed to get into the end zone. An extra point by Justin Bossard narrowed the gap to 27-21.
Waukon motored down field into Blue Demon territory, but Albia's defense bore down and stopped them from getting a first down on four straight possessions, forcing the Indians to surrender the ball back to Albia with about two minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, Albia couldn't muster any offense â?? Glyeb Ewing sacked Brett Leshen on third and fourth down. Waukon went on to pick up the 27-21 win.
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Brett Leshen threw a touchdown pass to Zach Hugen and rushed for another as Albia came up just short.
Alex Schultz had the other score for the Blue Demons who finished with a record of 12-1.
Waukon goes on tom play Keumper Catholic for the state championship on Friday Novemvber 22nd at 2 pm.