MINONG – The run game certainly has setup the pass for the Siren football team.
Through the first two games of the season, running back Cordell Fischer rushed for 425 yards and nine touchdowns, leading to a pair of wins. Then on Friday, the Dragons relied on the pass to provide a 28-26 comeback win over Northwood-Solon Springs to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Jordan Webster went 23-for-41 passing for 344 yards and three touchdowns, including a game-winning connection to Nick Webster in the fourth quarter. Nick Webster and Trevor Stanford accounted for 265 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the win.
“Big brother to little brother was a great combo,” Siren coach Ryan Karsten said. “It looked a little like backyard plays.”
That familiar family tandem got the Dragons on the board in the first quarter, when Jordan Webster found Nick Webster for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Though the failed 2-point conversion attempt left the Dragons trailing 7-6 to start the second quarter.
But the run game got Siren even with the Evergreens before halftime. Fischer broke loose for an 80-yard touchdown run followed by a 2-point conversion pass from Jordan Webster to Stanford, leading to a 14-14 tie entering halftime.
“Cordell’s run was a dive to the right and he went untouched for 80 yards,” Karsten said.
In the third quarter, it was Siren’s point total that went untouched.
As the Evergreens posted two more touchdowns after halftime, the Dragons were held scoreless and started the fourth quarter trailing 26-14. However, adept passing allowed them to pass the Evergreens.
Siren pulled to within a score when Jordan Webster and Stanford connected again, this time on a 37-yard touchdown pass, followed by another 2-point conversion pass between the two. Trailing 26-22, the Dragons continued to hold Northwood-Solon Springs scoreless in the fourth and allowed for the game-winning points to come.
Jordan Webster found Nick Webster for a 33-yard touchdown pass to give Siren a 28-26 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the game. Though the 2-point conversion failed, the Dragons’ defense made the lead stand.
Siren forced the Evergreens to a three-and-out on their final drive and was able to drain the remaining time from the clock. Karsten said Siren’s offensive options are proving problematic for the opposition.
“As the year goes on, teams are going to have a long week getting ready for our two styles of offense,” he said. “We can focus on the run or the pass, or a combination of both.
“We have five or six guys I am very comfortable with at the wide receiver position.”
But in particular, the Dragons benefitted from the comfort of their quarterback with his two primary receivers, one being his brother Nick.
“Familiarity is always great between quarterback and wide receiver,” Karsten said. “When it is a brother-to-brother, it makes it even better.”
Stanford finished with 11 catches for 200 yards while Nick Webster had three catches for 65 yards; Fischer added five catches for 30 yards and had 151 yards rushing on 21 carries. Fischer also had 16 tackles on defense and forced two fumbles; Gavyn Anton added 15 tackles and Jimmy Krentze had nine tackles. Mitchell Daniels added an interception.
Karsten said this is the lone time he recalls an 8-player football team having a passer with at least 300 yards, a receiver with at least 200 yards and a rusher with at least 150 yards. The distribution on offense helped the Dragons overcome a three-touchdown performance from Evergreens’ quarterback Jeffrey Meling.
Siren (3-0) hosts Mercer-Butternut this Friday.