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Cardinal aims for revenge, SK looks to keep rolling

Sigourney-Keota’s Ethan Shifflet (32) breaks up a pass intended for Cardinal’s Griffin Greiner in an Oct. 9 68-8 win by the SK Cobras. (Jim Johnson/The Union)
Sigourney-Keota’s Ethan Shifflet (32) breaks up a pass intended for Cardinal’s Griffin Greiner in an Oct. 9 68-8 win by the SK Cobras. (Jim Johnson/The Union)
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SIGOURNEY — When the Sigourney-Keota and Cardinal football teams met in early October in Eldon, it was looked at as one of the Cobras’ toughest tests, but SK passed with flying colors, knocking down Cardinal 68-8 to stay undefeated. On Friday, the Class 1A third-ranked Cobras (7-0)will host the Comets (5-3) this time and seasons will be on the line in the second round of the playoffs.

SK’s closest game was at Mid-Prairie 27-21 and visiting Mediapolis finished within 17, but the Cobras have blow-out wins the other games.

The Comets have won three out of their last five games including a history-making victory at Pekin last week.

SK has been statistically one of the most dominant teams in the state of Iowa. The Cobras are Top-5 in 17 different team categories in Class 1A. That spreads out over offense, defense and special teams. Cardinal is tied for first with four defensive touchdowns, and the Comets are third in receiving yards.

SK quarterback Cade Molyneux has done it all this year, burning defenses with his arm and his legs. Molyneux is 23-for-32 passing the ball for seven touchdowns and has also ran for 470 yards and seven TDs. Sam Sieren is flirting with 1,000 yards rushing. He currently sits at 909 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, and Brady Duwa leads the receiving corps with 13 catches for 310 yards and six scores.

Cardinal has shown the ability to move the ball downfield, despite struggling in its first matchup with SK. Quarterback Maddux Jones has been more than impressive, throwing for 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns, and also scampering for 210 yards and six scores. The Comets have five players with 150 yards or more receiving. Griffin Greiner is at 619 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, by far the leading receiver on Cardinal’s team.

The winner will move into the round of 16,two wins away from earning a spot at the UNI-Dome in November.