NEW HAMPTON — The first one was a dogfight.
The second time around, fifth-ranked Waukon distanced itself from New Hampton in a Class 2A playoff quarterfinal Friday to earn a trip to the UNI-Dome and the semifinals with a 34-13 win.
Two long first-half scoring drives gave the Indians (10-1) the momentum and they never gave it back, outgaining the Chickasaws, 415-150, to earn their second state semifinal appearance in school history.
This game was a rematch of a Week 2 game won by Waukon, 28-20. The last time the Indians reached the semifinals in 2013, their quarterfinal victim was also New Hampton.
“A fun group to coach,” Waukon head coach Chad Beerman said. “At every position we have a kid who can make a play, and the line blocks well. Right now, everything is clicking.
“It’s back to the Dome. Feels good.”
Waukon (9-1) scored on a 12-play, 86-yard drive for an 8-0 lead in the first quarter, then made it 14-0 after a 14-play, 85-yard march with 8:36 left in the second quarter, and scored again in the final seconds of the first half for a 21-0 advantage.
“They have a very good football team, a tremendous amount of experience and a lot of weapons,” New Hampton head coach Scott Frerichs said. “I think they had 19 seniors who start, and give them some credit. A lot of experience, lot of good athletes in a lot of places.”
Waukon got a pair of Mitchell Snitker fourth-quarter touchdown runs to make it 34-0. Snitker finished with 143 yards on 26 carries.
New Hampton scored twice in a 12-second span in the fourth quarter, both Keegan John touchdown runs, to make it interesting late, but it wasn’t enough.
“We were able to put a couple of groups together and they worked at it and improved all year long and we had a special season,” Frerichs said. “The kids should feel good about what they did. The sun will come up tomorrow. We are disappointed tonight, but we had to play a very good football team.”
Waukon 34, New Hampton 13
Waukon 8 13 0 13 — 34
N. Hampton 0 0 0 13 — 13
Wau — Evan Armstead 5 pass from Abe Schwartz (Mitchell Snitker run)
Wau — Armstead 3 run (pass failed)
Wau — Armstead 4 run (Isaiah Welch kick)
Wau — Snitker 1 run (Welch kick)
Wau — Snitker 27 run (kick blocked)
NH — Keegan John 6 run (Austin Hemann kick)
NH — John 3 run (kick failed)
First downs 23 9
Rushes-yards 51-221 29-70
Passing yards 194 80
Att-comp-int 14-23-0 7-19-2
Return yards 54 10
Punts-avg. 2-29.0 6-39.4
Fumbles-lost 3-2 1-0
Penalties-yards 5-40 1-15
WAUKON — Snitker 26-143, Schwartz 11-61, Armstead 7-39, Tristan Hansmeier 1-2, Brock Hatlan 2-mnus 10), Team 2-minus 10.
NEW HAMPTON — Max Schwickerath 5-22, John 14-26, Braydon Fisher 9-45, Team 1-minus 23.
WAUKON — Schwartz 13-22-0, 149 yards, Hatlan 1-1-0, 45 yards.
NEW HAMPTON — John 7-19-2, 80 yards.
WAUKON — Armstead 4-50, Welch 5-57, Snitker 2-23, Michael Sweeney 1-0, Dawson Baures 1-45.
NEW HAMPTON — Fisher 4-45, Josh Fenske 1-11, Mason Cleveland 1-12, Jacob Zwanziger 1-12.