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October 18, 2013

Rocket reversal! EBF powering toward postseason with pride

SIGOURNEY — At Wapello, vs. Sigourney-Keota and at West Branch.

Last season, these three games stood in front of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont. Wins in those three games would produce a ticket to the postseason for the Rockets.

Final scores in those games last season: Wapello 35, EBF 26. S-K 40, EBF 13. West Branch 62, EBF 24.

The net result was a season-ending six-game losing streak. According to Dillon Pigsley, it marked the end of a very frustrating season within the Rocket football squad.

“We had a lot of talent last year, but we just didn’t get along very well,” Pigsley said. “Because of that, we lost to teams we shouldn’t have.”

This season, the same three-game stretch stood in front of EBF with the exact same stakes. At 3-2 and 1-2 in Class 1A, District 6, games against Wapello, at Sigourney-Keota and vs. West Branch would make or break yet another Rocket football season.

Final scores so far this season: EBF 42, Wapello 34. EBF 24, S-K 0.

There’s still one more game to go, this Friday at home against West Branch. However, it would take several precise scenarios to play out to keep the Rockets out of the postseason even with a loss to the Bears.

After scoring the first win for head coach Eric Kellar at Sigourney-Keota on Friday, EBF has placed themselves in a much different position as a team with a very positive outlook heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

“This year, we’ve got a team that plays so well together,” Pigsley said. “Coach had us all sit down at the start of the year and asked us what we wanted to do this year, because we obviously had the talent to do it. All we had to say was ‘playoffs.’ We all wanted to make the playoffs.”

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