Duwa does it all in Backyard Brawl

OTTUMWA — It was an opening night to remember for the Sigourney-Keota Cobras — and one to forget for the Panthers of Pekin. Jared Jensen’s Cobras utilized an unsolvable rushing attack and a tormenting defense to roll to a 34-14 victory over the Panthers at Schafer Stadium Friday night.

The principal contributor for the Cobras was junior Brady Duwa. No. 34 was seemingly everywhere on Friday night, coming up with three interceptions on defense and two rushing touchdowns on offense. All three of Duwa’s picks came in the first half, along with his first rushing TD of the game, an 11-yard scamper. He tacked on a 54-yarder in the second half for good measure. He finished with 88 rushing yards on just four carries.

“Defensively, he was where he needed to be, when he needed to be there,” Jensen said of the junior playmaker. “Offensively, he looked good. He doesn’t get the ball a ton, but when he does, he makes stuff happen. He’s a kid you can count on.”

S-K used their run-heavy scheme to perfection. Their offense put together two separate drives of at least 10 plays. J.D. Stout and Sam Sieren also found the end zone for the Cobras. Stout was the team’s leading rusher with 174 yards on the ground, while Sieren also found pay dirt twice in the contest. The Cobras finished with 395 rushing yards on 53 carries.

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