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SV's football team advances to State Quarter Finals

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     Southeast Valley High School's football team advanced to the State Quarter Finals after their win over the Odebolt-Author-Battle Creek-Ida Grove (OABCIG) Falcons after the Jaguars posted another win in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs in a game held Friday night, October 27 at Gowrie

    This was a game to entertain the crowd with 100 total points scored and over 1,000 total yards of offense. This was a crazy night of football. Both offenses were on fire and neither defense could stop the other team..

    The Jags faced Class 2A's leading passer and he did not disappoint his OABCIG fans as he threw for over 400 yards and six touchdowns. The Falcons also has one of the most explosive wide receivers in the state who had nine catches for 154 yards and an additional wide receiver with ten catches for 164. Southeast Valley's defense struggled slowing him down but did force three interceptions and that was huge considering he had only thrown six all season.

    The problem was OABCIG was facing the second leading rusher in Class 2A, Southeast Valley's Kyler Fisher, who broke the school record for the fifth straight week. Kyler has rushed for over 200 the last four games and 1,000 yards, but he decided to step it up a notch and break the 300 yard mark with 39 carries for 316 yards and seven touchdowns.

    The Jaguars had a total of 532 yards and 25 first downs and 58 points to give them the win and advance to the State Quarter Finals.

    Southeast Valley took the opening drive 72 yards in six plays to take the early lead. Kenny Blunk had runs of 21 and 2 and Kyler Fisher had runs of 8-9-17 and a 15-yard touchdown run to take the lead, 6 to 0.

    Each team had to punt, then the Falcons put a quick 10-play drive together with eight passes and two runs and took the lead, 7 to 6. Three plays later, the Jags found the end zone after and 28-yard run by Kenny Blunk and a 32-yard touchdown run by Kyler Fisher. Southeast Valley took the lead, 12 to 7. 

    The Jaguars defense stepped up and held them out on 4th and goal. The Jags had to punt. JJ Graves made an interception with Kenny Blunk striking again with another 28-yard run. Kyler Fisher, on play 5, scored from 10 out. Hunter Kruse hooked up with Chase Swieter for the two-point conversion.

    OABCIG wasted no time and scored on a 30-yard touchdown on 4th and 13. This was a big blow and really hurt the Jags. The Jaguars ran a few plays and had the punt blocked. Two plays later, Southeast Valley was trailing by one, 21 to 20.

    The Jaguars came right back with Hunter Kruse hitting Nyles Johnson for a 29-yard reception. Kyler Fisher had a few runs and scored on a 20-yard run. Hunter Kruse connected with Nyles Johnson for the two-point conversion and the Jags were back on top, 28 to 21.

    Chase Swieter kicked it to the end zone and that was 1 of 3 kick-offs that became touch-backs. Those were huge when the other team had to start on their own 20.

    Three plays later, Carter Lane made an interception, Kenny Blunk had a quick 18-yard run and Kyler Fisher hit another 16 with Kenny Blunk running the ball in from the one yard line. Kenny Blunk also ran in the two-point conversion and the Jags were in the lead once again, 36 to 21.

    There was only 39 seconds left on the clock and Southeast Valley was looking good. The went 78 yards in three plays and scored before the half and this was a big blow to the Jags as they headed into halftime with the lead, but felt like that was a game changer.

    Chase Swieter opened up the second half with another kick to the end zone and 11 plays later and 80 yards, the Falcons tied it up, 36 to 36. Southeast Valley then threw an interception. The Jags defense forced a punt.They knew they needed a score and pounded the ball nine run plays with Kyler Fisher scoring on a 16-yard run and the Jaguars captured the lead once more, 42 to 36. The Jaguars defense had a big 4th and 1 stand and got the ball back.

    Four Kyler Fisher runs later, he scored again from 16 out. Hunter Kruse hooked up with Chase Swieter for the two-point conversion and the Jags upped the score, still in the lead, 50 to 36. 

    Seven plays later found the Falcons back in the game, making the score 50 to 42. The Jaguars pounded the ball again and Kyler Fisher had a 47-yard run then a 7-yard touchdown run. Hunter Kruse hit Nyles Johnson for the two-point conversion, lengthening the lead 58 to 42.

    JJ Graves then had his second interception of the game and Southeast Valley took a victory kneel to end the game.

    "What a win for the boys," said Coach Mike Swieter. "The line, tight end and WR's dominated tonight blocking and the running backs took advantage of it. Kenny had the best game of the season with 13 carries for 136 and Kyler Fisher once again goes 39 carries for 316. These are the games Coach Duncan thrives on. Nothing better than pounding the ball right at them all night." Coach went on to comment, "The Jags used the pass when needed and used it a little more on two-point conversions, just to keep ball control and play it safe." He also was happy with the kickers during the game. Mason Ackerson had two punts over 40 yards and Chase Swieter had three touch-backs and averaged 50 yards a kick out of nine kicks. "This was big for field position. The defense was not the performance we wanted, but they did step up and have three interceptions and two fourth down stands," Coach Swieter noted.

    He added, "This will be a game these boys will remember the rest of their lives. They should be proud of what they accomplished as they are now in the State Quarter Finals." Coach Swieter once again wants to thank everyone who came out and supported the Jags and said it was a great game to watch.

    The Southeast Valley Jaguars will be on the road next Friday night as they take on Rock Valley/Boyden Hull, being paired against the Nighthawks.

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