Tigers end season with loss - Waterloo 57, Brilliant 6

Brilliant running back Braxton Mayo (8) searches for running room against Lynn on Friday, Sept. 21 (JR File Photo)

WATERLOO - Brilliant ended the 2018 season with its eighth loss after falling to Waterloo 57-6 on Friday, Nov. 2.
The loss finished the Tigers’ season at 2-8 overall and 0-7 in Class 1A, Region 6. Waterloo improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in Region 8.
Following the loss, head coach Brian Gunnels complimented the Cougars and noted the Tigers played hard despite some having to play out of position due to injuries.
“Waterloo throws the ball well,” Gunnels said. “They are a good team. The guys played hard. With all the people we had out, we had guys in positions they’re not used to playing but still did a good job.”
Waterloo struck early with the Cougar offense finding the end zone just 1:18 into the contest with Christian Irons pulling in a 60-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryce Palmer. A missed extra-point gave the Cougars a 6-0 lead with 10:42 left in the first quarter.
Waterloo’s Kion Dixon added the second score of the game on a 15-yard scoring run. The point-after try was no good to keep Waterloo’s lead at 12-0 with 6:01 left in the opening quarter.
The Cougars’ third score of the first quarter came when Irons pulled in his second scoring catch, this one coming from 20 yards out. A third-straight missed extra-point kept the Cougar advantage at 18-0 with 3:59 to go in the first.
Waterloo’s final touchdown of the first quarter came when Jayden Beasley scored from five yards out. A successful extra-point attempt gave the Cougars a 25-0 lead with 1:22 left in the quarter.
The second quarter saw Waterloo’s quick-strike offense continue its roll with Hayden Hester pulling in a pass from Palmer for a 15-yard score. The extra-point was good to give Waterloo a 32-0 lead with 10:24 left in the first half.
The final score of the first half came with 6:10 left in the second quarter. Waterloo’s Campbell Parker scored on a 10-yard run. The successful extra-point gave the Cougars a 39-0 advantage that they would carry into halftime.
Waterloo’s Dixon started the second half with a 55-yard scoring reception from Palmer. The missed extra-point kept the score at 45-0, Waterloo, with 11:10 left in the third quarter.
Late in the third quarter, Waterloo’s Hester pulled in a 15-yard scoring strike from Palmer. The extra-point was no good to keep the Cougar lead at 51-0 with 1:46 left in the third.
The Tigers found the end zone for the first time in the fourth quarter when Braden O’Mary ran in from 29 yards out for the touchdown. An unsuccessful 2-point attempt kept Waterloo’s lead at 51-6 with 8:49 left in the game.
Waterloo’s final score of the game came on a 65-yard run by Brayden Montgomery. The missed point-after try made the eventual final of 57-6, Waterloo, with 6:40 left in the game.
The Tiger offense mustered 155 total yards with 107 through the air and 48 on the ground. O’Mary led the way with 107 passing yards on 12-of-26 passing. He added 29 rushing yards and a score on five attempts.
Braden Burleson pulled in four passes for 67 yards and added two runs for five yards. Lane Stanford had a 22-yard catch.
Trevor Barton had eight rushing attempts for 14 yards and pulled in five passes for six yards. Wiley Hanson had a 13-yard reception. Braxton Mayo had one rushing yard on two attempts.
“We have got to get back to work and get ready for next season,” Gunnels said.

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