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In a game which saw 47 points put up in the opening quarter, the Highland football team dropped their district opener at Sigourney-Keota 60-13.
Sigourney-Keota got on the board right from the get-go as Luke Greiner took the opening kick back for a score. After a three and out, Greiner struck again on the ground to give the Cobras a quick 14-0 lead.
Quarterback Trey Lasek got Highland back within a score and a successful onside kick gave the Huskies a chance to tie things up, but the offense stalled on a three and out.
“I thought we were going to get back into it. The kids started believing we could get back into it. Then we went three and out and that hurts with a good team like Sigourney-Keota. You can’t have that, I mean when you’ve got the momentum, you’ve got to keep going,” head coach Scott Morel said.
The Cobras were then able to take advantage of some Lasek turnovers for a 34-7 lead. They managed to score 14 points off of the three Highland turnovers. Highland had plenty of opportunities to jump on Sigourney-Keota fumbles, as corralling the snap was an issue all night, but were unable to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities.
“They put the ball on the ground and we were sitting there, we just didn’t make a play …We’ve got to make that play,” Morel said.
Lasek picked up his second score to cut the lead to 34-13 with the game still in the first quarter. Lasek finished with three turnovers and a pair of rushing touchdowns. Morel
admitted that, at times, Lasek tries to do too much in the offense.
“Trey’s a great player and he is trying to carry the load. That’s the thing, he feels bad when things don’t go right,” Morel said.
The scoring predictably slowed in the following quarters, but it was all Sigourney-Keota after the first as they continued to pound the rock against a short handed Highland team.
Lasek left the game after getting banged up late in the first half and did not return. Running back Brady Hahn stepped in to fill his shoes at the quarterback position, with Mason McFarland getting some play at the position when Hahn briefly left the game with an injury of his own.
Lasek led the team with 130 rushing yards on 12 attempts, while Hahn led the team in passing yards with 25. Cory Stewart led the team with 3.5 tackles.
The game was the first in a string of tough district matches for the Huskies, with Morel saying that all Highland can do is continue putting in the necessary work.
“We’ve got to move on to the next week. This is our gauntlet,” Morel said. “We got Sigourney-Keota, then we’ve got Wilton, then we’ve got Regina. So we’ve got to put it together.”
Highland’s next matchup is home against Wilton.
Sigourney-Keota: Luke Greiner kickoff return (kick good), 7-0 11:47
Sigourney-Keota: Luke Greiner 52-yd rush (kick good) 14-0 9:15
Highland: Trey Lasek 53-yd rush (kick good), 14-7 6:50
Sigourney-Keota: Jack Eakins 39-yd reception from Greiner (kick good), 21-7 4:05
Sigourney-Keota: Carson Crawford 11-yd rush (kick good), 28-7 2:26
Sigourney-Keota: Carson Crawford 60-yd rush (kick no good), 34-7 1:54
Highland: Trey Lasek 75-yd rush (two-point no good), 34-13 0:53
Sigourney-Keota: Jack Eakins 32-yd reception from Luke Greiner (kick good), 41-13 4:19
Sigourney-Keota: Luke Greiner 30-yd rush (kick good), 48-13 2:03
Sigourney-Keota: JD Stout 6-yd rush (kick no good), 54-13 6:07
Sigourney-Keota: Carson Crawford 18-yd rush (kick no good), 60-13 0:48
Brady Hahn 1-9 25 yd, Trey Lasek 2-11 17 yd.
Trey Lasek 12-130 2 TD
Isaac Black 2-(-)9
Brady Hahn 13-(-)13
Mason McFarland 1-17
Bryce Waters 1-13
Isaac Black 1-12
Corey Stewart 3.5 tackles 1 TFL
Mason McFarland 3.0 tackles
Trey Lasek 2.0 tackles 1 TFL