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October 10, 2013

State's top matchup highlights another big week in 1A, District 6

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S-K nearly went to 2-0 with sophomore Blaine Gretter starting at quarterback last Friday at West Branch. Gretter, who prior to last Friday against Pella Christian had been best known for running in a bobbled snap on a field goal try for the game-winning touchdown at Pekin last month, had another efficient night guided head coach Jared Jensen’s offense to a second-straight 40-point night.

While Gretter completed six of nine passes for 72 yards and touchdown while rushing the ball eight times for 41 yards and another score, it was Nate Sieren that put the most points on the board. Three rushing scores highlighted Sieren’s busy night that included 25 rushes for 89 yards as the Savage Corbas rallied late to tie West Branch at 34-34 before having a chance to walk off with a win in overtime.

Unfortunately, two critical extra points did not go through for S-K in overtime, allowing West Branch to escape after missing an extra point in the first overtime. The second extra point try in overtime allowed the Bears to put S-K in very tough spot following a 47-46 double-OT victory.

EBF looked for all the world like they would be joining on the overtime fun last Friday. Coming off the back-to-back stretch of Regina and Wilton, the Rockets returned to Ike Ryan Field and, like the Savage Cobras and Bears, were tied in the final seconds at 34-34 with Wapello.

Facing fourth down at midfield, EBF head coach Eric Kellar was preparing for overtime with seconds to go in regulation. Lewie Winkleman’s late punt flew deep into Wapello territory and hit the Indians’ return man and ricocheted into end zone for Jeren Glosser to recover for the winning score as the Rockets used its district-leading 17th created turnover to earn an important fourth win of the season.

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