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Merle Laswell/DCN Erik Nelson (72) clears a path for running back Bryce Hingst during Waukee’s 59-3 victory over Des Moines East on Oct. 11. The fourth-ranked Warriors won their sixth straight game, and third in Division 4 play. They’ll square off against 3-0 Council Bluffs Lincoln on Friday.
Merle Laswell/DCN Erik Nelson (72) clears a path for running back Bryce Hingst during Waukee’s 59-3 victory over Des Moines East on Oct. 11. The fourth-ranked Warriors won their sixth straight game, and third in Division 4 play. They’ll square off against 3-0 Council Bluffs Lincoln on Friday.
Matt Corbett returns an interception.
Matt Corbett returns an interception.

Waukee’s banner season continued with a 59-3 victory over Des Moines East on Oct. 11.

The win was the Warriors’ sixth consecutive victory this season and vaulted them to No. 4 in the Associated Press Class 4A poll.

The Warriors piled up 52 first-half points and coasted to their sixth win of the season. Ben Ferkin completed 9-of-15 passes for 221 yards, and threw touchdown passes of 80 and 48 yards to A.J. Allen. Ferkin also ran for a 58-yard touchdown.

Trevor Allen ran for 136 yards and two scores, and Pat Gray broke the 100-yard mark with a 56-yard touchdown run. Isaac Bruns added a 32-yard field goal, and Derek Groathouse threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Hingst.

Matt Corbett recorded his third interception in the last four games, while Drew Lienemann and Ross Reynolds added fumble recoveries.

Waukee faces its toughest Class 4A Divison 4 test on Friday when the Warriors play host to Council Bluffs Lincoln. Both teams are 3-0. Lincoln has won three straight, the latest a 42-6 win over Des Moines Roosevelt, but closes the regular season against Waukee and Southeast Polk.

“The game will give the winner at least a share of the divisional title, so that raises the stakes a bit,” coach Scott Carlson said. “We will need to match their physicality in the line of scrimmage in order to have a chance to be successful stopping their offense.

“for us, it will be important to get off to a fast start and will also be a huge bonus if we can minimize mistakes.”

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