Sunday, October 28, 2007

S-K Back in the Playoffs

S-K back in the playoffs

By ROGER THOMAS, Courier correspondent

SIGOURNEY — The Sigourney-Keota Cobras tuned up for the playoffs with a 53-6 win over Albia Friday night in Sigourney. The S-K formula was the standard game plan and results — 448 yards rushing and 39 yards passing.

S-K will open the Class 2A playoffs on Wednesday, when the Cobras will travel to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls to take on North Fayette. Kickoff is slated for 6:15 p.m.

The Blue Demons opened the game with a nine-play drive that ended in a punt. The short punt gave S-K the ball at their own 39 and five plays later, Kory Schwenke scored on a 23-yard run to open the scoring.

After an Albia three and out, the Cobras went 69 yards in just six plays. The touchdown was a 12 yard run by Keaton Greiner. Greiner led S-K with 218 yards rushing on just eight carries.

“This was probably my best rushing total. I basically ran the same play all night and the guys up front made it work,” said Greiner.

The 16-0 lead went to 24-0 on the next S-K play from scrimmage. After another Albia three and out, Nathan Hemsley hit Scotty Appelget on a 39 yard touchdown pass. Hensley, who looks like the quarterback in an offense that doesn’t use a quarterback, talked about his role.

“Basically I’m a lead blocker that throws a couple of passes a game.”

The Blue Demons lone touchdown came early in the second quarter. A 10-play Albia drive included three pass completions from quarterback Chad Lathrop to split end Brett Maloy — the last of which went for an 18-yard touchdown. The drive also had Lathrop and Maloy reversing roles for a 17-yard completion to keep the drive alive.

S-K coach Clint Howard talked about his defense.

“This was one of our top three defensive efforts of the year. We held them to -1 yards rushing in the first half. We gave up a couple of passes and probably always will,” said Howard.

S-K put a stop to the Blue Demon success by scoring just 19 seconds later. The first play after the kickoff return, Greiner had his longest run of the night for a 70-yard ground trip to the end zone.

S-K scored twice more in the second quarter. With just over five minutes to go in the half, Dillon Horning scored from two yards out. Three minutes later Greiner added a 44 yard run for his third touchdown of the game.

“Our running game continues to improve because our offensive line has played together enough now that they can make calls at the line and adjust to what the defense is trying to do,” said Howard.

The half ended with S-K up 46-6.

The running clock and lots of carries for S-K back up running backs limited the scoring in the second half.

Albia’s inability to run the ball forced them to pass and that was to the liking of defensive end Ryan Carr.

“Most of the time I just rush the passer, and tonight we were able to force him into some throws that were tough,” said Carr. Brandon Lyle and Greiner would have interceptions in the second half for the Cobras. Lyle’s came off an Albia fake punt.

Greiner closed out the scoring with his fourth touchdown. A 64 yard run with 10 minutes to go in the third quarter.

“We didn’t want to back in and so our guys came out and played hard. We got enough done tonight to get ready,” said Howard.

S-K awaits an opponent for Wednesday night’s first round play-off.

Albia coach Gary Gravert commented on his team.

“We’ve had some of the best guys to coach this year. We didn’t play well tonight, but I’m proud of our seniors for hanging in there all season,”

Sigourney-Keota 53, Albia 6

ALB 00 6 00 00 — 6

S-K 24 22 7 00 — 53

Scoring By Quarters

First Quarter

S-K — Schwenke 23 yd. run (Horning run)

S-K — Greiner 12 yd. run (Schwenke run)

S-K — 39 yd. pass from Hensley to Appelget (Schwenke run)

The Ottumwa Courier
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Ottumwa, IA 52501-2902

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