WAUKEE, Ia. — Skyler Crew missed a 32-yard field goal attempt with 1:41 left in the game. But he came through on a second chance.
Waukee’s Crew booted a 27-yarder with 8.1 seconds to give the No. 9 Warriors a 31-28 win over No. 4 Fort Dodge Friday in a Class 4A football game at Waukee Stadium.
His first try was a little bit off — he talked with his holder to improve things — and waited for a second opportunity.
“You just have to focus on the next kick and the next play,” Crew said. “You have to come back from your mistakes.”
Waukee’s Ben Ferkin passed for two touchdowns and more than 200 yards, and the Warrior defense forced three Fort Dodge turnovers and had two goal-line stands.
The Warriors (6-2) improved to 4-0 in District 4 to win the title. Fort Dodge (7-1), which had begun the season with its best start in 70 years, slipped to 3-1 in district play.
“I’m ready for the playoffs,” Ferkin said.
Waukee led 28-14 early in the second half before Fort Dodge drove for two touchdowns. Johnny Bice completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Samuel Kolacia with 2:44 left in the third quarter. Sam Cook ran for a 4-yard score with 3:46 left in the fourth.
The Warriors had a chance to take the lead before Crew’s miss. Adam Rose intercepted a pass to give Waukee the ball again, and the Warriors drove to the Fort Dodge 10-yard line.
Crew, who said he’s never had a game-winning field goal before, punched the ball through with a matter-of-fact confidence.
“Next kick, next play,” Crew said.
Waukee’s Ferkin passed for two second quarter touchdowns to give the Warriors a 21-14 lead at halftime.
Fort Dodge scored on the game’s opening possession. Cook finished the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run.
Waukee’s Kayden Penn rushed for a 2-yard touchdown with 25 seconds left in the first quarter.
Ferkin completed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Drew Lienemann with 7:11 left in the second quarter.
After a Fort Dodge touchdown, Ferkin hit Rose with a 28-yard scoring toss. Rose finished with five catches for 105 yards.
Waukee shut down Cook, a Des Moines Sunday Register Elite all-state running back, with 45 yards in the opening half. Cook also fumbled twice.
The defense held Cook to a season-low 59 yards on 19 carries in the game.
F—Cook 15 run (Ruge kick)
W—Penn 2 run (Crew kick)
W—Lienemann 39 pass from Ferkin (Crew kick)
F—Mosley 10 pass from Bice (Ruge kick)
W—Rose 28 pass from Ferkin (Crew kick)
W—Ray 10 run (Crew kick)
F—Kolacia 9 pass from Bice (Ruge kick)
F—Cook 4 run (Ruge kick)
J—Crew FG 27
Rushing—Fort Dodge: Cook 19-59; Waukee: Ray 18-61.
Passing—Fort Dodge: Bice 18-31-0-208, Kampen 1-1-0-16; Waukee: Ferkin 15-24-1-254.
Receiving—Fort Dodge: Kolacia 11-87; Waukee: Rose 5-105.