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No. 5 Cobras strike quickly at L-M

Sigourney-Keota’s Sam Sieren carries the ball for a touchdown Sept. 4, 2020 in a 48-14 home win over Union. SK defeated Louisa-Muscatine on the road 41-0 Sept. 11. (Chad Drury/Ottumwa Courier)
Sigourney-Keota’s Sam Sieren carries the ball for a touchdown Sept. 4, 2020 in a 48-14 home win over Union. SK defeated Louisa-Muscatine on the road 41-0 Sept. 11. (Chad Drury/Ottumwa Courier)

LETTS — The opening play set the tone for the visiting Sigourney-Keota football team’s 41-0 victory Friday in its Class 1A District 6 opener against Louisa-Muscatine.

The quick Cobra strike was due to SK’s kickoff return team helping Brady Duwa go 89 yards for a touchdown.

On the Cobras’ first offensive series, Sam Siren capped a four-play 51-yard TD drive with a 21-yard run.

L-M then ran 16 plays before being stopped by Wyatt Sieren’s interception. Sam Sieren, who finished with 154 yards rushing for the fifth-ranked Cobras, ran to pay dirt from 37 yards out and Cade Molyneux bulled his way in for a 4-yard TD for a 28-0 halftime lead.

The third quarter was much of the same, trading punches with L-M (0-3). The SK defense prevailed with superior boxing ability and the Cobra offense finding new ways to score, slithering from along the ground to launch airborne. Third-quarter aerial touchdown strikes from Cade Molyneux to Wyatt Sieren for 26 yards and Colton Clarahan to Levi Crawford for 31 yards completed the scoring.

“I think our strength, experience and defense were the difference in this matchup of two single wings teams,” SK head coach Jared Jensen said.

In the single wing, teams want 3.5 yards a rush, which gives a first down in three plays. L-M ground out first downs but SK made stops in the red zone on three different occasions in the first half.

“I think that took a lot of energy out of them,” Jensen said. “The defense has continued to play very well up to this point.”

The Cobras (3-0) host Van Buren Friday for Homecoming.