Jaguars clinch district crown
GOWRIE — Mike Swieter was waiting with open arms for a shower he was more than happy to take after Southeast Valley’s victory on Friday night.
After shaking hands with Pocahontas Area Swieter stood at mid-field and took a Gatorade shower from his top-ranked Jaguars after clinching the Class 2A, District 2 championship.
No. 1 Southeast Valley (7-0 overall, 4-0 district) knocked off seventh-ranked Pocahontas Area (4-3, 1-3) by a final of 40-3.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Swieter said. “It’s what you hope you can build your program to be. This senior group is special, so to be able to come back to 2A and win the toughest district in the state speaks volumes.”
The Jaguars have now captured two straight district championships, and the senior group has won three crowns in their tenure.
“It takes a little pressure off when we go to Storm Lake next week,” Swieter said. “Knowing we have clinched it outright is huge.
“We want to win no matter what, but we are district champions, which was a goal. We earned that.”
Southeast Valley once again showed their dual-threat capabilities, throwing for 180 yards and rushing for 196 for a total of 376 yards.
Seniors Kolson Kruse and Tre Fisher kept their hot connection going, as Fisher caught two touchdown passes. He now has five from Kruse in the last two games.
With an 8-0 lead, Kruse hit Fisher on a 45-yard scoring strike. They later connected from 25 yards out.
Fisher finished with three grabs for 101 yards.
“Tre has been making some big catches,” Swieter said. “He is getting open and has become a huge threat for our offense.”
Kruse finished 8-for-18 for 180 yards. He also threw a 15-yard scoring strike to junior Eli Johnson.
“Winning a district title means everything to us,” Kruse said. “It’s a goal we set before the year and we got it done.
“Playing in the toughest district in the state makes us battle tested. We know we are ready for the playoffs because of what we have been up against. Offensively, teams never know what to take away because we feel confident in every aspect of the game.”
Lathe Muench had nine carries for 62 yards and two scores. He scored from 15 and five yards out.
“Our whole focus against the ranked teams was to have clock control,” Swieter said. “The last couple of weeks we opened up the passing game.
“Against very good teams, you have to be two dimensional.”