By SCOTT JACKSON
Courier sports writer
---- — EDDYVILLE — If physical football is what it takes to win in Class 1A, District 6, the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets have shown through the first three weeks of the high school football season that they have what it takes to hang in with who wants to swing away with them on the gridiron.
Cardinal became the latest team to find that out on Friday night. The Comets went from delivering an early haymaker in the form of a 56-yard Tyler Albert touchdown run to grab a first quarter lead to taking repeated blows over the next three and-a-half quarters. EBF answered Cardinal’s six-point lead with 51 unanswered points, earning its most decisive win yet this year with a 51-6 triumph that made head coach Eric Keller 3-0 for the first time ever as Rockets head coach.
Cory Archer started the scoring rally by answering Albert’s touchdown run with one of his own. The Rocket gained the first 44 of his 127 rushing yards on back-to-back carries, using a 23-yard dash to the right to set up his own 21-yard touchdown run to the left to put the Rockets up 7-6.
Archer would the finish the night in style, capping EBF’s rally with a 45-yard punt return for a score before scoring on a second touchdown run from 33 yards out in the fourth quarter. The senior finished the night with 172 all-purpose yards on the evening.
“We may have started off a little slow, but I think the score showed how we responded to that,” Archer said. “It’s everything to us to play physical football. Everybody has to come in and pop a hat. That’s where it starts for everybody.”
Cardinal (1-2, 0-1) will look to right the ship next week, returning home for a non-district matchup against West Burlington-Notre Dame at 7 p.m. EBF, meanwhile, will put its 3-0 record to the ultimate test against top-ranked, three-time defending state champion Iowa City Regina which will ride a 45-game winning streak into the contest at Ike Ryan Field in Eddyville against the Rockets.
“It’s an opportunity for us to see where we are against a team the caliber of that one,” Keller said of next Friday’s home game with the Regals. “Hopefully the mindset is right going into the week of preparation.”
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