PRAIRIE FARM – The ratio of touchdowns to quarters played has been exception for Cordell Fischer so far in the 2019 season.
The Siren running back had limited play in the season-opening win over Clayton but still managed five touchdowns in the 56-8 win. Last Friday, he once again earned time to rest.
Fischer rushed for four touchdowns and 212 yards to lead the Siren 8-player football team to a 44-0 win over Prairie Farm, giving the Dragons a 2-0 record to start September.
“Cordell is off to a good start and has played only five quarters this year due to the scores of our first two games,” Siren coach Ryan Karsten said. “If he keeps this pace up, he will have a great season.”
Fischer put Siren on the board in the first quarter against Prairie Farm, capping a scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Jordan Webster connected with Trevor Stanford on the 2-point conversion, giving the Dragons an 8-0 lead.
The Panthers had a prime opportunity to get on the board, if not tie the game, in the first quarter. But a potential touchdown pass was dropped and they remained scoreless.
The run game also provided the next Siren score though more points were put up by the pass before halftime.
Fischer ended another Dragons’ scoring drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, again followed by a 2-point conversion pass from Webster to Stanford. With a 16-0 lead relying on the rush game, the passing game opened for the Dragons.
Siren returned within the 5-yard line on its next second-quarter scoring drive, but this one was concluded with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Webster to Stanford. The 2-point conversion failed but the Dragons held a 22-0 lead and still had first-half points to score.
On the last timed play of the half, Webster found Stanford for a 24-yard touchdown pass that was followed by a 2-point conversion pass form Webster to Brady Kosloski, giving the Dragons a 30-0 lead entering halftime.
Prairie Farm missed another chance to put points on the board with a potential touchdown pass that was stopped by Stanford, who forced a fumble recovered by Siren.
“It was two plays away from being a very close game at the half,” Karsten said.
However, the score was lopsided in favor of Siren and that continued in the second half.
Fischer made a 2-yard run for the first of his two third-quarter touchdowns and ran in the 2-point conversion to put the Dragons up 38-0. He followed with a 61-yard touchdown run that closed the game’s scoring.
Through two games, Fischer has totaled 443 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. That’s a solid start which he’ll need to maintain in order to top Siren’s most-recent standout season by a running back.
“Brady Mangen averaged 210 yards per game four years ago, so (Fischer) has his work cut out for him to get to (Mangen’s mark) of 2,189 rushing yards.”
Webster finished 13-for-18 passing for 201 yards; Stanford grabbed nine of those completions for 171 yards.
Gavyn Anton led the defense with 18 tackles; Fischer had 16; Gage Holmes and Stanford had nine each while Mo Richter had an interception.
“It was a great battle between two top-10 ranked teams in the state and that happens again this week,” Karsten said.
Siren plays at Northwood-Solon Springs this Friday and seeks a long-awaited win.
“It should be a great challenge for us,” Karsten said. “My seniors have never defeated them.”