LEXINGTON — The top rushing attack in Class B rushed their way to victory as Waverly defeated new foe Lexington 48-7.
Nine different Waverly rushers had positive yards on the ground.
The Vikings were led by sophomore running back Evan Canoyer with 135 yards and one touchdown.
From opening kick the Vikings stuck close to their guns and used a powerful run game to set the tone. Finding pay dirt was Canoyer from 47 yards out for the first score of the game. Finishing off a 14-0 first quarter was Vikings Rhett Jordon and Jay Adams connecting from 12 yards out.
The second quarter saw the Minutemen make too many mistakes. Mike Larsen for the Vikings blocked a Minutemen and took the loose ball for the score. Kaleb Carrillo also took a Minutemen pass 22 yards for the pick-six, extending the lead to 28-0.
“We just have to take care of the ball and not make silly mistakes,” Minutemen coach Jeff Rowan said. “We just have to get better.”
Ending their first half scoring was Viking’s Jordon with a 26 yard scamper to lead 35-0. The Minutemen put together a 3-play 65 yard drive with connections to Ajack Waikur, Dylan Richman, and a 21-yard strike from Jake Leger to Logen Callahan for the Minutemen’s lone score to take the game into half at 35-7.
The second half saw both defenses step up and go back and forth as neither offenses were able to get anything going early on in the third.
“We made some adjustments in the second half and they made some improvements but we still need to see some change,” Vikings coach Tim Williams said.
Vikings Jordon connected with Adams again, this time from 5 yards out extending their lead 41-7 late in the third.
Completing the scoring midway through the fourth quarter was Waverly running back Zane Schawang from 13 yards, putting the exclamation point on Waverly’s 48-7 victory.
Offensively, the Minutemen were led by Leger with 169 yards and one touchdown through the air, with Waikur having 84 of those receiving yards.
On the defensive side, Lexington was led by Riley Kopf with 13 tackles, Callahan with 10, and Kobe Block with 8, respectively.
The Minutemen (1-3) travel to top ranked McCook next Friday.
“Your competitive drive has to eventually kick in and we have to go there make plays,” Rowan said.