Costly miscues hurt Sibley-Ocheyedan in 2nd half
SIBLEY — It was a tale of two halves Friday night in Sibley.
Sibley-Ocheyedan and West Sioux were deadlocked at 13-13 in a Week Eight clash in Iowa’s Class A District 1.
The Generals fell apart in the second half, spotting their opponents two third quarter touchdowns en route to a 30-13 loss.
A theme of not putting full games together has been around off and on all season, Generals coach Kyle Ewinger said. It haunted the black-and-orange this week and was a difference maker in the loss.
“Tonight was kind of the story of our season, where we play really well for a half, no matter who we play. Whether it is the first half or second half, we play really well for two quarters,” Ewinger said. “It is a matter of us, next week and in the offseason, figuring out what to do to get four quarters out of our team.”
West Sioux struck first in its road trip, with 5:01 left in the first frame. S-O blocked the extra point. The Generals put a drive together in the second frame, getting an answer onto the board on a reception from Owen Wiese. He caught another touchdown later, and a successful kick gave S-O a 13-6 advantage.
West Sioux senior Mitch Schlumbohm caught a pass from Porter Hummel for his team’s score and the game was tied at halftime. Sibley-Ocheyedan suffered a pair of untimely fumbles and other bad breaks, in the second half, that led to its loss.
“We came out and played with a lot of heart in that first half and, in the second half, we had some things go wrong that collapsed on us,” Ewinger said. “It is what it is, but I just wish we could come out differently at the end.”
The Generals bid farewell on their home field to their seven seniors, who will play their final game for the team next week on the road. Dalton Frick, a senior, led his team through its first seven games on the ground, with 87 carries for 397 yards and two touchdowns. Wiese, also a senior, is the team’s leading receiver, with 29 catches for 304 yards. Friday night’s touchdowns were his first of the season.
Whether it has been injuries Frick has endured or other hardships the group has gone through, Ewinger spoke high praise following Friday’s game of what his seniors have meant to the team this year and how they have fought through.
“Dalton had five touchdowns against Okoboji and then got hurt the next week. He battled three weeks of rehab, was out there full speed for Akron-Westfield, and then busted up his shoulder (two games ago). That kind of ended his season,” Ewinger said. “It was really tough to watch one of our seniors working so hard to get back onto the field. Nick Glade is a senior defensive back, and he has a broken wrist and had an interception tonight with one arm.
“I wish I had these seniors for two or three years because they’re a great group,” Ewinger said. “They work their tails off and play both sides of the ball. They’re not going to give up.”
Next week, the team takes a long trip to Moville, facing Woodbury Central. WC has won just one game, a win in the fourth week of the season over Alta/Aurelia.
“We are trying to build a program, and we’re trying to establish that so that we’re not a one hit team or are up or down. It starts with our youth program and starts with keeping kids out for football. This town has a passion for football and they deserve a winning football team. That is what we’re working night and day to do to bring to them,” Ewinger said.
“As a program, we just need to keep working,” he added. “Next week we will face a team, like us, that expected their season to go differently. They’re battling to get a win on their Senior Night. It will be a battle of two teams who will hopefully be hungry to end their season on a win.”
Sibley-O 0 13 0 0 —13
West Sioux 6 7 14 3 —30