Mepo at SK is small schools' big game

Brady Duwa (34) celebrates another touchdown catch with Cade Streigle during Sigourney-Keota’s 48-13 win over Van Buren County Sept. 18. (Jim Johnson/The Union)
Brady Duwa (34) celebrates another touchdown catch with Cade Streigle during Sigourney-Keota’s 48-13 win over Van Buren County Sept. 18. (Jim Johnson/The Union)

The lights will be shining this Friday on a rematch that left one team heartbroken last season.


This game was last season’s Waterloo for the Cobras as Mepo came to Sigourney and took win and the Class 1A playoff berth. A little revenge will be desired but the teams seem fairly equal on paper. Passing yards is 494 with 10 TDs for Mepo and 427 with nine TDs for SK, but Regan Thornburg is 32-for-69 while SK’s Cade Molyneux and Colten Claranhan have combined for 20-of-29 and no interceptions to Thornburg’s four. Rushing is 1,280 to 1,177. Mepo has four backs with over 200 yards each and SK has five with over 100. Defense has Mepo at 48 tackles for loss to 16 for SK but the return game has SK with four TDs at close to 600 yards, Mepo 358 and no scores.


This game was scheduled after each team’s opponents had COVID issues. Davis County canceled on Mid-Prairie and Lynnville-Sully did the same to Belle Plaine. The Golden Hawks lost to top-ranked 2A Williamsburg 24-8, but outgained the Raiders 323-281. The Plainsmen have lost to a ranked Lisbon 20-0. BP averages 26 points a game and yields 14. Mid-Prairie averages 33 and gives up 12 with two shutouts. The Hawks’ other loss is also to a ranked SK.

TRI-COUNTY (1-4) at NEW LONDON (4-1)

The Tigers are on a roll, winning four out of their first five and are coming off back-to-back blowout wins, 54-26 win over Lone Tree and 38-0 on Winfield-Mt. Union. Quarterback Blaise Porter, who transitioned from running back after an injury to Ethan Streeter, threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more Friday. Tri-County will be coming off a game it couldn’t finish. The Trojans were blasted 32-0 by WACO last week and quit the game at halftime.


The Wildcats will have their paws full with a team whose only loss is to fifth-ranked 4A Pleasant Valley. Columbus has 1,094 total yards while Regina has 1,095 yards through the air and 910 more on the ground. Will Schwab scored six TDs on 508 yards with 81 rushes and Regina’s Theo Kolie has 83 carries for 629 yards and 13 scores.

NO. 5 MONTEZUMA (5-0) at WACO (3-2)

The Warriors dominated Moravia and Tri-County in their last two games, winning by a combined total of 76-13, but they’ll have their hands full on homecoming. WACO hosts the first-place Braves, who have dominated every district game they’ve played, including a 71-7 blowout of Moravia last week. WACO running back Jonah Clark had a strong game last week against the Trojans, running for 76 yards and a touchdown in just two quarters.

HIGHLAND (1-3) at NO. 10 LISBON (3-2)

The Huskies won big last week and will need that momentum against the ranked Lions. Each team has gained about 1,200 yards on the ground and Highland has played one less game. Lisbon has twice as many passing yards and averages 28 points a game while giving up 18 and that includes Regina’s 56 point total. Five backs have over 100 yards rushing for Lisbon with one at 318 and one at 296. Highland’s Owen Donovan has 624 on 75 carries for an average of 8.3 a touch.


W-MU welcomes in an English Valleys team which has had similar results to the Wolves in games against mutual opponents. The Wolves will have to stop the Bears’ tough running back, Beau Flander, who has run for 872 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. W-MU is led by freshman back Cam Buffington, who has rushed for 643 yards and 11 scores.


Pekin was blanked last week by SK while the Falcons got their first win. L-M has just 524 total yards but Pekin has 714 rushing alone with Michael Jones accounting for 291 on 63 carries.