Jags advance behind Fisher

GOWRIE — Playoffs or not, Kyler Fisher was on the field Friday night to do what he’s been doing for the entire season.

“To me, it’s just another game,” Fisher said. “If I read too much into it, I become a little off. So I try to treat each game the same way.”

Fisher did exactly that, turning in a career night for Southeast Valley (8-2 overall) as they pulled out a 58-42 victory over OABCIG (7-3) in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs.

The Jaguars advance to the quarterfinals, where they’ll face second-ranked Boyden-Hull Rock Valley (9-1) on Friday night in Rock Valley.

“It’s everyone,” said Southeast Valley head coach Mike Swieter. “Kyler had a big night, but this was an outstanding team win.”

Fisher, who has torched defenses for the past four games, tallied one of the best playoff victories in state history.

“He keeps getting stronger and stronger,” Swieter said. “Rushing for over 1,300 yards in five games and being relentless by giving everything he has.

“This is a very special group that has worked hard and has won a lot of games and they’re a fun group.

“This is special.”

The senior tailback had a career high 316 yards on the ground, and seven rushing touchdowns. His scoring total is one shy of the state playoff record (eight), which was done twice.

“I’ve been looking for the 300-mark and I finally got it,” Fisher said. “But everything I did goes to my offensive line. The chemistry is great and they know when I cut what to do, to get the team more yards.

“This was the playoffs, and as a team we knew what we had to do and we just executed it.”

He scored from 15, 32, 10, 20, 16, 16 and seven, giving him 20 touchdowns in the past five games. He also has 1,356 yards (153 attempts) the past five outings.

With the 300-mark night, he passed the 2,000-plateau (2,020) on the season with 31 touchdowns (209) carries. For his career he has 2,897 yards and 41 touchdowns on 394 carries.

Fisher, was pleased with the victory, but even more happy with his backfield teammate. Senior Kenny Blunk, had the best night of his career, going for 136 yards on 13 carries and a one-yard touchdown, in front of a large home crowd.

“I’m so happy for Kenny, that he was able to play like that,” Fisher said. “Winning at home and being undefeated at home is all due to the crowd.

“This senior group has so much team chemistry and we’ve worked so hard for everything. We’re all friends and we’re all doing this together.”

The Jaguars finished with 475 yards on the ground.

“We knew what their weakness was,” Swieter said. “So we did what we had to do and ran the ball and controlled the game.”

Quarterback Hunter Kruse was an efficient 6-for-8 passing for 82 yards through the air.

OABCIG quarterback Kaden Ladwig threw five touchdown passes on the night. He connected with Trust Wells for 26, 30 and 14 yard scores. Cooper Dejean had a nine yard catch and Ethan Mortensen had a 14 yard scoring catch.

Nick Sholty had a four-yard rushing touchdown.

Southeast Valley out gained OABCIG 532 to 487.