Falcons blast from the past

Matt Garver and Tork Hook with their trophies.

On Sept. 21 the Falcon Community honored two of their own; the first alumni Wayne Falcons to be inducted on the Falcon Pride Wall.

1983 Wayne grad Matt Garver and 1985 grad Tork Hook were on the scene to see their names placed on the Falcon Pride Wall at the Saling Athletic Complex Friday night, just minutes before the 2018, 2-2 Falcons would host the 2-2 Lynnville-Sully Hawks to do battle on Epperly Field, in Wayne’s first district A-8 matchup.

Wayne student athlete, Garver went on to Waldorf College and then to Kansas State on a football scholarship where he was an academic all American, after a standout career as a Wayne Falcon defensive lineman. Dr. Garver completed his veterinarian studies at K-State and currently specializes in large and small animal medicine and surgery at his four Animal Health Centers in Albia, Oskaloosa, Knoxville and Ottumwa. Garver and his wife, Julie (Petty, also a Wayne graduate) live in Albia. The have three children: Amy, Trent and Kristyn.

Hook is now a director at UnityPoint Health-Corporate and lives in Adel with his wife, Jan, and daughters: Torrie, Brennan and Jordan.

In 1988 a local sports headline read: Hawks struggle past Cyclones, 10-3: late interception keeps Iowa State from pulling off a stunner at Kinnick. The outcome was in doubt until the final 16 seconds. That’s when Iowa safety Tork Hook intercepted ISU quarterback Bret Oberg with the Cyclones sitting on the Hawkeye 11-yard line.

1983: Falcons notch Homecoming win 53-0. Wayne 7-0 defeats Moravia.

Coach Paul Epperly, “We definitely felt we would be where we are right now. The defense played well again. Two pass interceptions set up our first two touchdowns.”

Epperly likes the Falcon style of play and commented this, “We’re getting better every week and we still have room for improvement every week, we’re getting more kids playing harder.”

Falcons crush Lamoni 42-0.

“Everybody in the conference knows Tork Hook by now,” Wayne football coach Paul Epperly.

In what could be considered the greatest understatement of the young football season, Coach Epperly mentioned the name of a sophomore that many people in the Bluegrass Conference, and possibly the state, will hear quite a lot about for the next three years. As reported by Times –Republican editor Mike Morsch.

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