So, there is a chance.
A fighting chance.
Oelwein’s ability to qualify for the postseason took a hit last week when Union (2-2 in district, 4-2 overall), rallied to win its Homecoming game over the Huskies, 34-24.
But, if Oelwein (1-2, 2-4) can bounce back with a win Friday against Wahlert Catholic (2-1, 4-2), it could clinch Class 2A District 4’s fourth and final playoff spot by beating North Fayette Valley (1-2, 4-2) in the last week of the regular season.
Wahlert Catholic is coming off a loss last week to Waukon (3-0, 3-3). The Indians beat the Golden Eagles 28-6.
Oelwein was on the wrong end of a comeback in La Porte City. The Huskies led the Knights 12-7 at halftime, but in the second half could not stop Union’s rushing game from scoring four touchdowns.
In the end, Union had 349 rushing yards to Oelwein’s 70. Two backs had more than 100 yards apiece.
Oelwein’s passing attack outstripped Union’s 265 yards to 40. Huskies senior quarterback Carter Jeanes accounted for all those yards by completing 17 of 25 passes. He tossed three touchdowns and one interception.
Senior Carson Cox led Oelwein receivers with six catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
The Huskies defense recovered three Union fumbles. Freshman Landen Whitaker, Brady Schulmeister and Westin Woodson each corralled one. Detemmerman had one interception.
Junior Ethan Detemmerman led the Huskies in rushing with 16 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown. He also had eight catches for 94 yards, including a 35-yard score.
North Fayette Valley hosts Union this Friday. The TigerHawks won their last two meetings and are coming off a 70-21 throttling of Jesup (0-3, 1-5)
STANDINGS: 1. Waukon 3-0 (3-3), 2. Wahlert Catholic 2-1 (4-2), 3. Union 2-2 (2-4), 4. North Fayette Valley 1-2 (4-2), 5. Oelwein 1-2 (2-4), 6. Jesup 0-3 (1-5).