HAWARDEN—The West Sioux junior varsity football team remains undefeated on the season with just two games left. But, South O’Brien came to Eneboe Field Monday, Sept. 30 ready to play in hopes of breaking the winning tradition in football at West Sioux.
So much so, at the end of the third quarter this jv Falcon football team was trailing 20-7.
“Down 20-7 with six minutes to go in a jv game is a very deep hole to dig out of,” coach Jerome Hoegh said. “Our guys didn’t play great the first half of the game but showed a TON of resiliency and character to put together the fourth quarter they did against a very good South O’Brien team.”
The fourth quarter brought out a do or die kind of fight. Coach Hoegh says the fourth quarter there were "too many plays to count" that needed to be made to win the game but he did mention how the Falcons completed three fourth quarter fourth downs offensively and how the defense stopped South O’Brien on two different occasions on fourth and one yard in the fourth quarter as well.
“We also forced two turnovers in the fourth quarter as well — one fumble and one interception,” said Hoegh. “Any of those plays, and many more — go the other way and we don’t have the outcome we got.”
The Falcons earned the win 25-20.
“This game was one of the best jv games I’ve ever been a part of,” Hoegh said. “Those are the types of games that kids learn how to play with pressure and make big plays when needed and rely on their teammates to do their job. You have to be tough and unselfish in those situations and we were — it was extremely fun to see them all step up to the challenge!”
The Falcons will play at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Oct. 14 and at home against West Lyon Oct. 21.