WAPELLO — Sigourney-Keota’s experience and leadership leading up to and during Friday’s game was the difference in a 42-6 win over Wapello.
“Our defense played another amazing game,” SK head coach Jared Jensen said. “That was a game changer for us.”
Ricky Pforts had a 59-yard run on Wapello’s opening possession. The Cobras limited him to 39 yards rushing the rest of the game.
“Ricky is a fantastic running back and we saw that last year,” Jensen said. “Our defense knew to win this game we have to stop Pforts. Coach Klynt Weber has another great defensive plan that the guys are executing at a high level.”
SK led 7-6 in the first quarter when it botched a punt for a 15-yard loss with Wapello taking over at the SK 25. Trent Hendricks played a reverse perfect, shooting through a gap in the line for a 10-yard Wapello loss. That was followed by an incompletion and then a huge sack by Nate Schuster, resulting in a 4th-and-34. Wapello’s punt was downed at the 10 and SK reeled off a seven-play 90-yard drive, capped off by a 48-yard Sam Sieren TD run.
“I feel like that took the wind out of their sails and gave our guys all the confidence in the world,” Jensen said of the vital series of plays.
The defense was lead by a host of Cobras.
“We had huge games out of a lot of guys because of the plays they made in crucial moments in the game,” Jensen said.
Hendricks lead the defense with six total tackles, four for loss and 1.5 sacks at linebacker. Zeke Webb made some monster plays totaling 4.5 tackles, two for loss and a sack from his outside linebacker spot. Nose guard Schuster had 4.5 tackles, 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. Brady Duwa and Wyatt Sieren each had a timely interception and return that set up two Cobra TDs.
“Our offensive line played really well against a big and tough Wapello defense, opening up lanes,” Jensen said as JD Stout rushed for 238 yards, three TDs and Sam Sieren had 134 yards and two TDs. Zeke Webb had a 12-yard TD reception.
Jensen said one main positive is that the Cobras were able to stay healthy in a physical football game. “Wapello gave us everything we wanted and more in the early stages of the game,” the coach said. “We weathered the storm and settled in and played physical football. Our guys have prided themselves on being in much better shape than the year before and outlasting every team on our schedule so far this season. It was good to see us continue to play at a high level against a quality program in Wapello for four quarters. Wapello is well coached and have big tough kids and we know that every time we play them it has been a tough, hard-fought game. We took their best shot early, regrouped, then our conditioning, strength and depth took over. We will need every bit of that type of effort next week against Mediapolis.”
The Cobras (8-0) host Mepo (7-1) Friday.