Comets hold off Knights rally on the road
September 19, 2019


Union football continued its non-district play as it hit the road to Charles City on Friday, Sept 13, falling to the Comets 14-6 but not without a fight.

"Charles City is always a hard-nose, run-oriented team that has the capability to take up a lot of clock," coach Jared Pospisil said. "I believe we only had 15 plays in that second half, which is an indication of just how long they can run the ball. Really hard hitting team, but we knew what we were getting into."

The Knights struggled with the speed of the Comets' run game, yet struck first with a touchdown from Brandon Tompkins to Hunter Heitmann in the first quarter. Charles City fought back with a touchdown in the first half to take the lead heading into halftime.

"We did a good job driving down the field, mixing up the pass and the run," Pospisil said. "It took our defense awhile to figure out their offense, but they really stepped up in the second half."

Neither team could find the endzone in the second half after the Knights made some adjustments against the triple option of Charles City. In the last three minutes of the half, Union came up for a scoring opportunity only to fumble in the endzone and give the Comets a chance to ice the game with several sustained runs.

"This team showed they can fight for four quarters and won't quit," Pospisil said. "With every game, we're seeing our guys go deeper into the game without breaks and they are getting tougher. We were determined in that last drive to win and I fully expected us to score."

Offensively, Tompkins finished with 150 yard total (96 yards passing on eight throws, 54 yards rushing on 14 carries) with Brayden Grosse adding 80 total yards (42 yards passing on two receptions, 38 yards rushing on 13 carries) and Jordan Carey with 43 yards on four receptions. Defensively, Josh Hines and Dacoda Marvets each had eight total tackles, Heitmann 7.5 tackles, Grosse seven tackles and Liam Stone 6.5 total tackles.

Union will have one final test before District play in 1A runner-up Dike-New Hartford , who rolled past the Knights in Dike last year 35-22.

"First and foremost, Dike is well disciplined and have had great success recently," Pospisil said. "We're going to have to play a complete, error-free game. We have all the pieces and I'm very confident we can win."

The Knights are 0-3 on the season and will begin District at Benton on Friday, Sept. 27.


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