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Waterloo repeats playoff history, falls to Alton-Marquette

By on October 27, 2012 at 7:35 am

Waterloo gang-tackles Alton-Marquette’s Keshon Younge for a loss Friday. (Mark Hodapp photo)

The Waterloo High School football team had its fans thinking it just might happen, their first playoff win since 1994, when the Bulldogs (5-5) came out strong and put up the first touchdown of the night against Alton-Marquette (9-1) in the first game of the playoffs on Friday night at Alton.

But Jackson Jennings three yard run to put the Bulldogs up 7-0, did not come until the second quarter. After that, the Explorers’ Michael Ford (two touchdowns) and Kareem Hamilton (two touchdowns) seemed to have an answer for every Bulldog score. Each quarter of the game, the Bulldogs and the Explorers kept it close. It is the fourth-quarter that the Bulldogs are now wanting back.

Hamilton took the wind from under Waterloo’s sails when he put up two back-to-back touchdown runs (84 and 64 yards) in just 65-seconds. Waterloo’s Rick Wiegand helped tie the game after Hamilton’s first run, with a 10 yard rushing TD at 10:20 in the fourth quarter. But it wouldn’t be enough for the Bulldogs, who didn’t have an answer for the sophomore Explorer who ran one back on the ensuing kick-off just seconds later, sealing Waterloo’s fate.

“When you play a team that fast, if you have one angle that’s off a pinch and he finds it, you’re in trouble — and they did it twice,” said Waterloo coach Dan Rose, whose team lost its 11th straight playoff game. “Our kids fought hard and played hard, you couldn’t ask for any more from them.”

To get an in-depth breakdown on the game and to hear from Waterloo players and coaches, pick up a copy of this week’s edition of the Republic-Times.

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Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.