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Jaguars win homecoming 36-13 over Clarion Goldfield

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The Southeast Valley High School football boys cruised to claim a win over the Clarion-Goldfield Cowboys in the Jag’s homecoming game played at the Gowrie field on a windy, crisp evening, Friday, September 21.

    The Jags deferred the coin toss, preferring to kick the ball with the wind. Chase Swieter booted 65 yards and the Clarion-Goldfield team started on the 20-yard line. The Cowboys ran six plays before they were forced to punt.

    Nyles Johnson had a 51-yard punt return for a touchdown. This was huge and really got the crowd and everyone into the game. Chase Swieter kicked the extra point and SE Valley was on the board first.

    Clarion-Goldfield responded with a 7-play drive, but Kyler Fisher stripped the ball and the Jags recovered. SE Valley was unable to capitalize and fumbled the ball back to Clarion-Goldfield after just two plays. The visiting team took advantage two plays later with a 43-yard touchdown and tied the game 7 to 7.

    The Jags only ran a few plays before getting stopped on the fourth down. Clarion-Goldfield then put together a 16-play drive and missed a field goal at the end to finally give the ball back. At this time, the Cowboys had run 31 plays to the Jaguars 7.

    Southeast Valley put a nice 15-play drive together but the Clarion-Goldfield defense stuffed the Jags on 4th and goal. On Clarion-Goldfield’s first play, the ball was fumbled right back. With no hesitation this time, the Jags threw one pass to Nyles Johnson for a 19-yard touchdown with Kyler Fisher running in the two-point conversion to take the lead, 15 to 7.

    The Cowboys fought back and completed a 28-yard fake punt for a first down and then went down to score as the clock ran out, making the halftime score, 15 to 13.

    The second half of the game was all Jaguars. Kyler Fisher got things started right away with a 42-yard kick return. Hunter Kruse connected with Nyles Johnson for a 30-yard pass. Kyler Fisher ran in a 7-yard touchdown with Chase Swieter kicking the extra point. The Jags took the lead, 23 to 13.

    After three plays, Clarion-Goldfield had to punt. Two plays later, Hunter Kruse hit Kyler Fisher for a 40-yard touchdown pass. Chase Swieter kicked the extra point, making the score, 30 to 13.

    The Cowboys had to punt once again after three plays. Three plays later, Hunter Kruse connected with Chase Swieter for a 10-yard touchdown, taking the lead, 36 to 13.

    Clarion put a long drive together but the Jags defense held them from scoring. Southeast Valley tried scoring again with Hunter Kruse hitting Chase Swieter on a 41-yard pass to the one yard line, but the Jags could not put it in for a final touchdown.

    “This was a great win for the boys and we need to enjoy this win,” Coach Mike Swieter said. He stated he was very pleased how both sides of the ball stepped up the second half and also noted special teams helped them win the game.

    Coach Swieter went on to say the Jags need to clean up some mistakes, penalties and turnovers. “Penalties and turnovers are killing the Jags over the last three games. Kyler Fisher has had four touchdowns called back over the last three games and our turnovers are hurting us.”

    Coach added his appreciation for all the support shown. “Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Jags to a victory.” 

    Southeast Valley’s next scheduled game is September 28 when they play Spirit Lake.

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