The Xavier student section was fired up and ready to go to kick off their homecoming game, and so were the players on both sides. Waverly-Shell Rock was trying to ruin the rainy homecoming for the Saints.
The defense was stout for Waverly-Shell Rock forcing Xavier to punt. Braden Holmquist was the returner, taking up the sideline and up in scoring position for the Go-Hawks first possession.
The whole game was about field position and defense. Velky rolled out for the Go-Hawks and fired to his receiver but it was deflected by Gabe Lux to force the field goal attempt.
However, that Waverly-Shell Rock field goal was blocked by Xavier's defense, keeping things scoreless in the first quarter.
Neither team was able to strike as the first quarter came to a close, but at the beginning of the second Velky kept the football himself but was tackled at the line of scrimmage.
But the next play Ben Hemer took the hand off. After some delay, the officials called it a touchdown and Waverly-Shell Rock took the seven to zero lead.
The rain started to come down, effecting the snap, but quarterback Quinn Schulte was able to pick up the football, buy some time and find Kyle Moeder for the sliding grab.
A few plays later Xavier would go to the air again. This time the screen was set up for Jax Junge as he started running left but then cut it back up the middle and into the end zone. Xavier's score knotted things up at seven.
The rain continued through the second quarter and Xavier managed to get the ball back with under a minute to go. After struggling to move to far, they went to the field goal kicker, Ben Conrad. This attempt was booted and just squeezed its way passed the upright. Xavier held a 10-7 lead at the halftime break.
After a lightning delay, Waverly-Shell Rock was able to put more points on the board. Velky would find Jordan Downing on a short pass which turned into a 68-yard touchdown.
But it took Xavier less than 30 seconds to regain the lead, as Schulte found Moeder for a 29-yard touchdown with six minutes remaining in the game.