Waukon wins the Class 2A state soccer championship

Waukon wins the Class 2A state football championship

CEDAR FALLS — Creed Welch by no means had a doubt. He was going to play.

And he was going to be on the sector on the finish. No method he was going to overlook the entire enjoyable.

“I wasn’t going to take a seat out,” he stated. “No method.”

After 5 days of bodily remedy, a knee brace, then a light-weight exercise, Welch put his fingerprints all around the Class 2A state championship soccer sport.

He handed for 169 yards and a landing, and intercepted three passes to steer fourth-ranked Waukon previous No. 3 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, 28-14, Friday afternoon on the UNI-Dome.

“I wasn’t planning on utilizing him on protection,” Waukon Coach Chad Beermann stated. “I don’t actually understand how he received on the market.”

Right here’s how:

“I identical to to play soccer,” Welch stated.

Waukon (10-1) gained its tenth consecutive sport and claimed its second state championship.

The Indians went all the best way in 2017, reached the semifinals in 2018, then misplaced in final yr’s remaining. No denying them this time.

“My brother (Michael Sweeney) was on the 2017 group, and I advised him I used to be going to win one too,” stated Brennan Sweeney, whose heads-up play turned a lateral cross by Lions QB Zach Lutmer right into a 27-yard fumble return for a landing to start out the scoring.

Welch’s left leg was injured — each knee and ankle — within the second quarter of Saturday’s semifinal win over Monroe PCM.

“I used to be laying fairly low a lot of the week,” he stated. “I didn’t do a lot. Final Sunday, I used to be checked by the physician, then it was bodily remedy Monday and Tuesday.


“I received a brace for my knee Tuesday, and I used to be capable of come again to follow by Thursday.”

Beermann stated, “We put him by means of some motions Wednesday and Thursday, and he cut up the reps at quarterback Thursday with Sean (Cooper).”

Waukon led 16-14 at halftime, because of Sweeney’s unlikely rating, a 7-yard landing run by Pat Hennessy and a pair of two-point runs by Ethan O’Neill. That offset a pair of TD runs by Lutmer, a really gifted sophomore QB for CL-GLR (11-1).

The second half belonged to the Indians, and it began with Welch’s arm.

Lined up on the left facet of the formation, Welch took a handoff and heaved a bomb to Braxton Stewart, who accomplished a 56-yard scoring play to increase Waukon’s benefit to 22-14.

“We did that within the semifinals my sophomore yr right here,” Welch stated. “We put it in final week, however didn’t get an opportunity to run it. Braxton got here by means of clutch.”

Central Lyon-GLR didn’t drive contained in the Waukon 35 within the second half, and Welch killed two Lions drives with interceptions. After one, he re-tweaked his knee and missed most of a collection earlier than returning.

He wasn’t going to overlook these superb remaining minutes.

After Welch’s remaining choose, the Indians drove 58 yards in eight performs, clinching the result with a 6-yard landing run by O’Neill with 1:39 left.

“That is insane,” stated O’Neill, who ran for 106 yards. “We’ve labored for this for 4 years. It began within the weight room once we had been freshmen.


“(CL-GLR) is a troublesome group, however the conditioning we do … it permits us to be dominant on the finish of the sport.”

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