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Cobras plan to strike quick, early

Sigourney-Keota hosts Dyersville Beckman Catholic in playoff game

Sigourney-Keota’s Evan Dawson reaches to stop Cardinal’s Griffin Greiner in the Cobras’ 49-0 Class 1A playoff win Friday night. (Jim Johnson/The Union)
Sigourney-Keota’s Evan Dawson reaches to stop Cardinal’s Griffin Greiner in the Cobras’ 49-0 Class 1A playoff win Friday night. (Jim Johnson/The Union)
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SIGOURNEY — In Friday’s football third round playoff game, the Cobras plan to strike fast and early and let Beckman Catholic blaze a trail back to Dyersville with a loss.

Beckman is big up front on both sides of the ball with five players on the roster that weigh at least 240.

“I don’t see dominant physicality, but they can wear you down with their size and take over a game,” Sigourney-Keota head coach Jared Jensen said.

The Trailblazers are balanced statistically with 1,261 yards running and 1,216 passing, but prefer to run, then take shots deep so the Cobras must be on high alert.

“Their quarterback is their life line,” Jensen said. “They aren’t deceptive with what they do, but they run downhill power at you all day.”

Nick Offerman is 72-of-149 passing with 14 TDs and 10 INT and has 107 carries for 593 yards. Owen Huehnergarth rushed 108 times for 465 yards. Offerman has 11 scores rushing, Huehnergarth none. Trent Koelker has caught 39 passes for 700 yards and eight TDs.

Defensively, Beckman neutralizes opponents with its size, allowing linebackers clean shots.

“if we can force them to pass the ball rather than run, I like our chances,” Jensen said. “We’ve got the defensive backs to match up.”

The contest will turn on defending the run game. SK must force passing downs. Beckman’s 3-4 will turn into a 5-3 defense and “their linebackers are their glue, so we have to get to the second level and get a body on a body,” Jensen said.