SIBLEY, Iowa -- Beau Jenness called Friday’s game a wake-up call.
Jenness and the Sibley-Ocheyedan football team fell to West Sioux 58-0 on Friday. Not only are the Falcons the No. 1 ranked team in the state, but they are led by Iowa State recruit Hunter Dekkers at quarterback.
“This was a good wake up call,” said Jenness, a junior quarterback and safety. “It really showed us that you have to work a lot harder than you think to get where you want to be.”
Coming into the game, the Generals knew they needed to stop the passing attack.
“Our game plan was mostly to try to contain Dekkers from throwing the ball and try to get as much help in the backfield as we could to prevent him from throwing deep balls and getting him in the end zone,” Jenness said. “Things didn’t work out as planned and they threw screens because we were too far off the ball. Then we had to switch to man and it was a mess from there.”
Dekkers started the game 4 for 4 for 150 yards and three scores. He had touchdown strikes of 29, 51 and 34 yards.
“That’s the explosive team they are,” S-O head coach Tate Kellenberger said. “They have D1 players all over, not just their quarterback. They are fast all over the place. That’s the type of team we’re trying to become. I told the guys in the end zone that football is not a sport where you can come to the season and expect to be a really great athlete. You need to put the time in during the offseason.”
But the Falcons weren’t done yet as they put up 35 points in the first quarter.
“We talked all week that we need to match their physicality and their speed right away,” Kellenberger said. “We can’t wait for them to punch us in the mouth. We didn’t do that tonight. Us, as coaches, need to get a lot better game plan together and speed our practices up.”
Dekkers, who threw for 220 yards, ran in a touchdown in the second quarter, Kade Lynott scored from 30 yards out and a safety gave the Falcons a 51-0 lead at halftime.
“I told them at halftime we need to gain some confidence because we have four more games left this season,” Kellenberger said. “We play in probably the toughest district in 1A. We’re going to face teams like this game in and game out and how are we going to respond next week? Are we going to roll over and kind of accept the fact that we’re going to get beat like that every week, or are we going to compete every week?”
And while Friday’s game didn’t go as planned for the Generals, the program is still heading in the right direction, Kellenberger said.
“We’ve won two games the last two years, so obviously we’re better that way,” the coach said. “Overall, I told the guys at the beginning of the season, wins are losses, obviously it matters, but what I’m more worried about right now is setting that culture and making strides as human beings and being held accountable to do your job and be mentally prepared every week.”
S-O (3-2) is at Emmetsburg on Friday.
“It’s been good to get some early wins and get the confidence building knowing we have a tough schedule ahead of us now,” Jenness said. “We have a bunch of big teams coming. Solid running teams and passing teams. We just have to keep practicing hard and determination is what’s going to get us to the next win.”