Jaguars stun No. 2 Titans
LAKE CITY — Southeast Valley leaned on its defense in the second half, and Kolson Kruse guided the offense as the Titans stunned second-ranked South Central Calhoun 32-23 on Friday night.
The Jaguars (5-0 overall, 3-0 district) scored 24 second-half points after an 8-8 first half tie, handing the Titans (4-1, 2-1) a rare home loss.
“The defense really stepped up and gave us some big plays,” said Southeast Valley head coach Mike Swieter. “They just kept stepping up, and bent, but didn’t break.”
Kruse accounted for four touchdowns, throwing three and running in for one. Sam Hanson and Tre Fisher were the recipients of the TD strikes.
Running back Lathe Muench did the dirty work for the Jaguars, scoring three two-point conversions. Fisher caught a Kruse delivery for another.
Kruse and Sam Hanson started the scoring off to give the Jaguars an 8-0 lead after a Muench conversion.
South Central Calhoun’s first score on a fourth-and-goal, as quarterback Cole Corey punched it in from 10 yards out to tie the contest at 8-8.
Corey had the first touchdown of the second half on a 42-yard run for a 15-8 lead.
The Jaguars regained the lead on a Kruse to Fisher 14-yard strike, and the duo connected again for the two-point conversion to take a one-point lead (16-15).
Kruse hit Kaleb Scott for an 85-yard gain before Kruse plunged into the end zone for a 24-15 lead after a Muench two-point conversion.
“That was a huge play down to the one,” Swieter said. “We went with max-protection and Kolson laid it in there perfectly. It was a game of big plays. They did it on fourth down, we did it on fourth down.
“We had stout defensive plays and big plays on both sides of the ball.”
Kruse and Hanson connected again for the Jaguars for final touchdown and a three-score lead (32-15).
The Titans’ final scoring drive came on a fourth-and-20 touchdown strike from Corey to Evan Jacobs. Jordan Lee recorded the two-point conversion.
Kruse finished the night with 202 yards passing. Scott had 89 yards receiving Hanson contributed 84.
“He (Kruse) takes control out there and made sure our offense was ready,” Swieter said. “He keeps plays going and always has his eyes down field.”
Webster City moves to 5-0
WEBSTER CITY — Seventh-ranked Webster City knocked off another unbeaten foe, topping Mason City here Friday night, 42-7.
Trey Mathis and Chase Rattenborg each found the end zone twice for the Lynx, who ran for 417 yards on the night.
Mathis had 164 and Rattenborg 80, adding 61 yards passing on a pair of completions.
CJ Hisler scored on an 83-yard touchdown run early in the game to set the tone. Hisler finished with 228 yards of total offense, including 173 on the ground.
Mathis anchored the Webster City defense with 6.5 tackles.
Webster City will travel to Gilbert next week and finish the season at home against Boone in two weeks
Sievers has 3 TDs in N-F win
KINGSLEY — Seventh-ranked Newell-Fonda picked up a 32-22 victory over Kingsley Pierson on Friday night.
Gabe Sievers accounted for three Mustang (5-0 overall, 4-0 in district) touchdowns. Sievers had rushing touchdowns of 20 and 46 yards. He also threw a 32-yard touchdown to Jaron Vanderhoff.
Will Pitstick and Hunter Christianson had rushing touchdowns of four and one yard respectively.
Sievers finished the night with 179 yards rushing.
Christianson and Seth Menke had 11 tackles each.