By ANDY HEINTZ
Courier sports writer
---- — CEDAR FALLS — While the No. 2-ranked Albia football team struggled to get into any sort of rhythm offensively for most of the first quarter, it only took one big play to give the Blue Demons the edge over Waukon Saturday night at the UNI-Dome in the Class 2A semifinals.
The play was set up by an interception by Zach Hugen near the left sideline on the Blue Demons' own 48-yard line. Then, on the first play of Albia's next offensive series, Brett Leshen hooked up with Hugen who made a tough grab, shook off a defender, and scampered into the end zone for a 52-yard touchdown to give Albia a 7-0 lead with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
Affronted, the Indians' responded emphatically with a swift riposte. Waukon quarterback Parker Hesse lobbed it over the top of the Albia defense to Marcus Weymiller who, seeing nothing but daylight in front of him, rumbled for a 52-yard touchdown with five seconds left in the quarter, tying the game at 7.