SIGOURNEY — Of the two teams in Friday’s Class 1A football game, Cardinal was the one with the most recent playoff victory, but Sigourney-Keota updated that stat with its triumph.
Cardinal defeated Pekin in last week’s first round of the playoffs while S-K had a bye. The 49-0 win is the first in the postseason for the Cobras since 2010. SK, now 8-0, will host a third-round playoff game when Dyersville Beckman visits Friday. Cardinal and head coach Landon Miller end the year with a 5-4 record. That is Cardinal’s best mark since 5-5 in 2009, which was the last postseason appearance.
SK coach Jared Jensen said commitment by his players allows them to reap the benefits of hard work.
“We took the Comets best shot early and weathered the storm,” Jensen said.
A 32-yard touchdown run by Sam Sieren made the score 7-0 for SK at the end of the first quarter.
Special teams play in the second quarter changed the game.
Carson Sprouse blocked two punts, one recovered by Cade Striegle at the Comet 12-yard line and one by Aiden Schuster diving on the ball at the 2. A fumbled catch of a Cardinal punt was eventually picked by Brady Duwa and returned 50 yards to the 16. Duwa scored on a sweep to finish what he started. By half, Sieren had four rushing TDs and the Cobras were in command at 35-0.
“We know Cardinal skill guys are deadly,” Jensen said. “Our defensive pressure made the Comet QB a little uneasy. Cade Molyneux was an absolute beast in the defensive run and pass game.”
Molyneux totaled 9.5 tackles, four for loss and two sacks. The cousins Clarahan, Colten and Jack, had six and five tackles, respectively. Sieren finished with 147 yds.