Rebels keep Poky skid intact
POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas Area came into week one this season riding a 19-game losing streak, and Sioux Central wanted no part of being the team to let the Indians find the win column again, shutting out the Indians until garbage time of a 25-7 win.
Unsurprisingly, the Rebels turned to senior fullback Ben Hargens to get things done, and the strategy worked just fine as the bruiser racked up 153 yards on 35 carries with two first half scores.
Blake Cavanaugh and Jake Hanson were able to convert the two-point plays on each touchdown, giving Sioux Central a 16-0 halftime lead against a fairly non-threatening Pocahontas offensive attack.
The Rebels added nine more points in the second half on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Hanson to Caden Webber (conversion no good), and a 27-yard field goal by freshman Grant Gunderson.
Pocahontas finally got on the board with a 30-yard touchdown pass with 1:59 left on the clock.
Hanson finished the night 3-for-9 for 58 yards a score and an interception. He also ran seven times for 28 yards.
Cavanaugh had 10 carries for 47 yards. Prestan Samson caught two throws for 31 yards in addition to leading the Rebel defense with 10.5 tackles.
Kaleb Scott came up with a pick for the Rebels, and Hargens recovered a fumble as Sioux Central won the turnover battle 2-1.
In addition to the touchdown reception, Webber showed some spark in the punt return game, covering 71 yards on three returns with a long of 33.
The victory moves Sioux Central to 1-0 on the year ahead of a home date with Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire this coming Friday. GT/RA, making its return to 11-man football this year, fell to South O’Brien 19-6 in week one with the lone score coming on a 30-yard pass.