Sioux Central battled No. 6 St. Edmond, Fort Dodge on the road Friday night, even leading near the end of the first half, but couldn't contain its rushing attack and fell, 36-8, in a district match-up.
The Rebels took an 8-7 lead in the second quarter on a Devin Tripp 1-yard touchdown run and Parker Habben two-point conversion. St. Edmond would use what little time remained in the half to drive down to the redzone, thanks in part to a 29-yard pass that set-up a 1-yard score to regain the lead, 14-8.
The second half was all St. Edmond as they out-scored the Rebels 22-0 in the final two quarters to improve to 7-1 on the year. Sioux Central falls to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the district.
St. Edmond rode senior running back Alex Mericle to the victory.
"We put some drives together and we did pretty well up front, but their back (Mericle) took over," Sioux Central coach Brandon Goodchild said. "We had a hard time containing him. He's a very good back."
Mericle scored three touchdowns on the night (21 on the season) and entered the game as 1A's sixth-leading rusher at 1,172 yards.
Sioux Central was forced to be one-dimensional offensively as Habben's only pass attempt was intercepted.
Tripp rushed 39 times for 147 yards and a touchdown. Habben carried eight times for 26 yards, and Nathan Leer gained 25 yards on 10 carries. The Rebels totaled 207 rushing yards.
Sioux Central's final game will be Senior Night in Albert City next Friday when the Rebels host Maple Valley/Anthon Oto at 7 p.m.