LEON – The fourth-ranked Sigourney-Keota Cobras unleashed their venom on another opponent Friday night, laying claim to the Class 1A, District 6 high school football championship.
In a match up that featured a spread offense utilized by Central Decatur versus the historic single wing style of S-K, the visitors came away with a convincing 37-9 win on the home turf of the Cardinals. Senior Cade Molyneux was again an effective weapon on the ground, finishing the night with 148 yards rushing on 16 carries.
The Cobras went to the air more than normal, with quarterback Colton Clarahan throwing for 201 yards on 10 completions. Levi Crawford would haul in 80 yards on four receptions.
The Cobras struck first in unusual fashion as a bad snap on a field goal sent S-K scrambling to salvage the play. Central Decatur was able to pick off a desperation throw just outside the end zone, but an attempt to gain yards after the interception resulted in a Conner Reed making a tackle in the end zone leading to a two-point safety, allowing S-K to score on a play that started with a bid for three points.
Instead, S-K had a 2-0 lead and would get the ball back on the free kick. The Cobras would march right back down the field, this time scoring seven on a one-yard plunge by Molyneux to put the Cobras on top, 9-0.
Central Decatur would answer back, driving down the field for a 27-yard field goal that cut S-K's lead to 9-3 early in the second quarter. The Cobras would strike back with a flea flicker as Clarahan hit a wide open Aiden Anderson in the end zone from 40 yards out, putting S-K on top 16-3.
The Cobras were not finished in the first half, driving back down the field before Molyneux scored on a four-yard touchdown run with just 39 seconds left in the field half. Molyneux added the two-point conversion, giving S-K a 24-3 halftime lead over the Cardinals.
Molyneux would score the only touchdown of the third quarter, finding the end zone on a second straight four-yard run to put the Cobras up 31-3. The Cobras would notch the final score on a pass completion form Clarahan to Evan Dawson with 4:42 left in the game, opening a 34-point lead, before quarterback Matthew Boothe collected Central Decatur's only touchdown on a two-yard run to the end zone with just 32 seconds left in the game.
"They ran a lot of funky stuff, and got guys open out in the flats," noted Sigourney-Keota head football coach Jared Jensen.
While Central Decatur (4-3, 2-2) heads to Pella Christian on Friday looking to clinch a playoff berth either with a win or with a win by Cardinal (5-2, 2-2) over Pleasantville (3-4, 1-3), S-K returns home looking to complete a perfect regular season for the second straight year. The fourth-ranked Cobras (7-0, 4-0) welcome Van Buren County (2-5, 0-4) into the Snake Pit for Military Appreciation Night in Sigourney on Friday.
"Van Buren will be a little more like us," noted Jensen, "They run two tight ends and are run oriented."
The Warriors will be seeking to end the regular season on a high note, having started the year winning two of their first three games. Van Buren County was officially eliminated from postseason contention on Friday, suffering a 45-8 loss to Pleasantville as the Trojans outgained the Warriors 323-31 in rushing yards.
No. 4 (1A) Sigourney-Keota 37, Central Decatur 9
S-K 9 15 7 6 37
CD 0 3 0 6 9
5:57- Sigourney-Keota: Safety (Aidan Anderson tackle in endzone)
1:01 - Sigourney-Keota: 1 run Molyneux (Clarahan kick)
9:43 - Central Decatur: 27 Field Goal (Jensen)
8:17 - Sigourney-Keota: 40 pass Clarahan to Anderson (Clarahan kick)
:39 - Sigourney-Keota: 4 run Molyneux (Conversion run Molyneux)
7:36 - Sigourney-Keota: 4 run Molyneux (Clarahan kick)
4:42 - Sigourney-Keota: 31 pass Clarahan to Evan Dawson (Kick failed)
:32 - Central Decatur: 2 run Boothe (Conversion failed)