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Southeast Valley upset undefeated 5-0 Spirit Lake who was ranked 2nd in Class 2A

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    The Southeast Valley High School Jaguars varsity football team seemed to be on a rampage in a home game played Friday night, September 29, on the school's Gowrie field when they came up against the previously undefeated, number two ranked Indians of Spirit Lake.

    "This will be a game the fans will remember for a long time but the players and coaches will have this memory for the rest of their lives," stated Coach Mike Swieter. "We told the kids before the game nobody in the state expects us to win and the only people that think we can is ourselves and the boys came out and put a game together like they never have before." He went on to add, "Spirit Lake came in winning two State Championships over the last five years and were 5 and 0 and ranked second in Class 2A and were dominating all of their opponents."

    The Jags found themselves in the hole from the opening kick-off where they fumbled the kick-off out of bounds and had to start the drive from the 3-yard line. This was not the way to begin the game but the first play, Kyler Fisher had a 41-yard carry to get things started. Kyler had another run of 11 and then it was 3rd and 7. Hunter Kruse hit Chase Swieter for a 19-yard catch with Kyler making a 14-yard touchdown run to take the lead, 6 to 0. What a great opening, a 97-yard drive to get things started!

    Spirit Lake's high-powered offense wasted no time and put a 7-play drive together and scored on a 38-yard pass and took the lead, 7 to 6.

    The Jags offense continued to keep things going with a 16-play running drive from Kyler Fisher, Kenny Blunk and a nice 15- yard reverse from by Nyles Johnson. Kyler made his second touchdown run from 10 out and the Jags regained the lead, 12 to 7. There was nothing better than this drive pounding the ball and taking time off the clock. Everyone was doing their job blocking and things were coming together.

    The Indians put a 14-play drive together and had a 12-yard touchdown run, taking the lead with the score, 13 to 12.

    Southeast Valley fought right back with Kyler Fisher's run of 26-3-7-18 and Hunter Kruse connecting for a short pass with Chase Swieter. Kenny Blunk ran up the middle with Kyler Fisher taking the ball in for his third touchdown of the night putting the Jaguars ahead, 20 to 13.

    The Jag's defense stepped up and forced a punt after four plays but Southeast Valley fumbled the punt and Spirit Lake recovered.This was a big blow to the Jags. Sure enough, 10 plays later, the Indians tied the score, 20 to 20, going into halftime.

    The Jaguars kick-off on the ground began the second half. Spirit Lake was averaging 40 yards per return on the season, so Chase Swieter kicked it on the ground all night and it worked out great. On play two for the Indians, Kyler Fisher ripped the ball from Spirit Lake's runner and took it in for a 27-yard touchdown. Hunter Kruse connected with Chase Swieter for the two-point conversion and the Jags took the lead, 28 to 20.

    The Indians put a nice drive together and got the ball down to the 21-yard line. Then Nyles Johnson made a very nice interception. That was a big play to get the ball back into Southeast Valley's hands.

    The Jaguars put a 60-yard drive together and got the ball to the 21 but were stopped on 4th and down and turned it back over to Spirit Lake. The Jags offense was up for the battle and forced the Indians to punt after four plays.

    Southeast Valley got a drive going with a nice 22-yard reception from Hunter Kruse to Chase Swieter but found the Jaguars on 3rd and 10. The home team had been saving the FB middle screen the whole game so it was decided there was no better time than then to bring it in. Hunter Kruse hooked up with Kyler Fisher for a 37-yard touchdown pass. That put Southeast Valley ahead, 34 to 20.

    Spirit Lake did not hesitate or panic and sure enough, four plays later, scored making it 34 to 27 game. Everyone could feel the momentum changing to Spirit Lake and the Indians were playing much harder. The Jaguars ran three plays and were then forced to punt.

    Eleven plays later, the Jags were tied up, 34 to 34, and just like that, a 14-point lead was gone and it looked like Spirit Lake was going to take over the game.

    The Spirit Lake defense was keying in on Kyler Fisher and stuffed the Jags two plays in a row. Coach called for time out and set up a play. The free safety was man-to-man on Chase Swieter, so the Jaguars ran a play with Nyles Johnson over top of Chase. As they walked to the line, Chase told Hunter Kruse the free safety will go with him and to throw it to Nyles because he would be wide open. Sure enough, Hunter Kruse hit Nyles Johnson for a 75-yard touchdown with Hunter running in the two-point conversion to take the lead, 42 to 34.

    The Indians formed a 6-play drive but the Jags defense stopped them on the 4th down. Three plays later, Southeast Valley couldn't get anything going and were forced to punt. One play later, Spirit Lake fumbled and Kyler Fisher scooped up the ball for a 34-yard touchdown. Southeast Valley was up 48 to 34. 

    One would think the game was over but not even close. Spirit Lake went right down the field on a 9-play drive and scored to make it 48 to 41. Four plays later, Spirit Lake's defense stood strong and forced the Jaguars to punt to Spirit Lake, giving them a chance to tie the game. 

    Carter Fluckiger had a big-time interception four plays later and the Jags were able to do the Victory Kneel to close out the game.

    Coach Swieter said that this was an unreal game to be part of and that Kyler Fisher had a game of his life and everyone followed his lead and did everything they could to help get this win. Kyler finished with three rushing touchdowns, one touchdown catch, and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. Coach noted, "Everyone did their part in this win as the offense had a total of 458 yards and the defense forced 4 turnovers " Coach Swieter also expressed his appreciation to all his coaches for all their work this week preparing the squad and getting them ready to play. "This was not an easy team to prepare for," he said.

    Looking ahead, Coach Swieter had this to say, "The Jags need to enjoy this win and then get focused on Garner. Garner is a very good football team and we can't let up after this big win." He also wanted to thank everyone for coming out to Friday's game and said, "If you were there, you got to watch one heck of a game."

    The Jaguars will travel to Garner on Friday, October 5, where they will take on opponent Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.


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