SK can't overcome early woes against Pella Christian

In his final game as a Cobra, Luke Greiner was the best offensive weapon for SK. He finished the night with 139 rushing yards and two of SK's three scores against Pella Christian.

For the second time in as many seasons, the Cobras matched up with the Eagles in playoff football. Last year, the Cobras were handed an ugly 49-0 loss. Pella Christian came out strong again this year, as the Eagles wound up winning 53-21 on October 27.

On a cold and windy night the Savages fell into a hole early. Several miscues made by the Cobras on offense resulted in great field position for Pella Christian. They capitalized each time, putting up 27 points in the first quarter. It didn't get much better from there for the visitors, as Pella Christian displayed speed and big play ability to run up the score.

SK went into the half cold and banged up, mentally and physically. Pella Christian had put up 46 points, while the Cobras hadn't yet reached the end zone.

"We just told our guys to have fun and win the second half," Cobras coach Jared Jensen said. "That was going to be big for our seniors to finish their last game with something to remember."

Pella Christian put in their reserves for the second half, finding the end zone one final time. SK responded with some successful drives to cut into the deficit. Carson Crawford got the rally going with a short five-yard touchdown to continue his streak of consecutive games with a score.

Luke Greiner, who was injured earlier in the game, helped lead two more scoring drives for the Cobras. He capped off one with an eight-yard score and another with a long 38-yard run to the end zone. After the third quarter concluded, the score was 53-21 Eagles. The final 12 minutes wound down quickly for both sides, with the clock continuing to run between plays.

"Our seniors went down fighting," Jensen said. "They had a great run the last two years, and played this game the way it was supposed to be played. They bought into the process and showed grit even when we were down."

Despite taking the loss, the Cobras still put up some good numbers. As a team, they had 342 yards of offense, 333 coming on the ground. Greiner carried the ball 20 times for 139 yards and two scores. Crawford, the team's leading back, also toted the ball 23 times for 116 yards and one score. JD Stout fell just shy of the century mark, rushing for 99 yards on 15 touches.

The duo of Greiner and Crawford led the defensive unit as well, combining for 10 tackles, all solo, and one for a loss of yards. Zech Boender, also a leader on defense, finished the game with three tackles, two solo.