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Physical game favors Cobras

Michael Jones runs the ball for Pekin and is met by Jack Clarahan of Sigourney-Keota Friday at Pekin's Tom Stone Field, where the home team lost 49-0. (Kevin Rohr/Courtesy)
Michael Jones runs the ball for Pekin and is met by Jack Clarahan of Sigourney-Keota Friday at Pekin's Tom Stone Field, where the home team lost 49-0. (Kevin Rohr/Courtesy)

PACKWOOD — Friday’s Backyard Brawl between the Pekin and Sigourney-Keota football teams was more of a pickup game in the front yard with the visiting Cobras taking a 49-0 win.

SK was the more physical team, a fact both head coaches mentioned.

“We struggled with that aspect of the game,” Pekin coach Brent Blakely said.

“We ran into a buzz saw and struggled to get things going offensively,”

Colton Comstock was 6-of-14 for 99 yards. Pekin receivers Joseph Coates and Justice Kirkbride each caught two passes. Coates had a 59-yarder. After piling up 150 yards last week against Mediapolis, Michael Jones had 34 yards on 18 carries against the Cobras. Cole Earnest was Pekin’s leading tackler with five.

“We will have to dust ourselves off and put this one behind us,” Blakely said. “Credit to SK as they were a well-balanced team that can challenge people in different ways.”

One of those ways is in the kicking game.

The Cobras are first in Class 1A in kick return touchdowns, third in average yard per return at 27.4, second in kickoff yards, third in average yards per punt return and first in total returns for a score.

“Kolton Clarahan is tremendous in the kicking game coupled with fantastic coverage that has really played dividends in our ability to pin our opponents’ offense deep each and every kickoff,” SK head coach Jared Jensen said.

Clarahan has two touchbacks, four kickoffs inside the 5-yard line and two others inside the 10. This has added another dimension to the Cobras.