By Sara Welch | Correspondent
The Waterloo Vikings hosted the Chippewa Chipps in their first home game of the season, falling to their opponent and former head coach, Mike Bohley, 61-13 Friday night.
"It's always weird the first time coming back," Bohley said. "It was rough pregame. I think the bus ride out was probably the worst. It was a good 50 minute bus ride, but once the game got going the game is still the game."
Bohley is out to a 2-0 start in his first season at Chippewa, earning more victories than the team had collectively in the three seasons prior. Last season the Chipps went 1-9, collecting their first and only win in three years under former head coach Kevin Wolf.
"It's a program that was down for a couple of years, and we came in and we were excited," Bohley said. "We brought a sense of excitement to the program. After two games we're happy with where we're at, but we've got a long way to go still."
The Chipps started the season with a new coach, a new attitude and a win at home against Mapleton, giving them the momentum they needed to control the entire game against Waterloo.
"We started out 1-0. We got a big win at home last week and once you get that first win, especially at home in front of your fans, you have a carry-over effect," said Bohley. "It was an emotional night for everybody, but both teams were up for it. It was a good atmosphere."
Standing on the opposite sideline in the stadium he coached in just a year ago, Bohley was able to get the Chipps out to a 20-0 lead before the end of the first quarter. That advantage was extended to 48-0 before halftime.
Waterloo finally got on the board with 6:38 left in the third quarter after Preston Esler recovered a fumble for the Vikings on the 1-yard line. Henry Bolanz dove through Chippewa's defensive line and scored the first of two Vikings touchdowns for the night. Josh Horning scored the second touchdown from 3 yards out.
Chippewa crossed the goal line nine times throughout the course of the game. Of those nine touchdowns, six of them were scored from more than 20 yards out.
"I thought we were good up front, we didn't get sacked," said Bohley. "We had some success running the football. Stoney Epling, Bailey Breitenstine, Bo Whetsell all seemed to have a pretty good game."
Breitenstine found Epling wide open downfield with less than three minutes expired from the game clock in the first quarter, completing a 64-yard pass to score Chippewa's first touchdown of the night.
Breitenstine capitalized on Waterloo's next offensive possession, intercepting one of Bolanz's passes from 26 yards out and running it in for a touchdown.
Whetsell had the longest touchdown run of the night, excluding Nick Zollinger's kick return in the third quarter, toting the ball in from 48 yards down field.