SHELL LAKE – The Siren football team had a significant loss before Friday’s game was decided.
Early in the game against Shell Lake, the Dragons lost quarterback Jordan Webster with a knee injury and had to use an altered game plan for much of the game. While they got a solid performance from Cordell Fischer in the run game and a defensive effort worthy of a win, the Dragons were foiled by a late 2-point conversion and took a 15-14 loss.
“We lost senior quarterback Jordan Webster to a knee injury four minutes into the game,” Siren coach Ryan Karsten said. “It changed our offensive philosophy and we struggled to move the ball.”
However, the Dragons still nearly pulled-off the win, despite the injuries and an early deficit.
Shell Lake broke the scoreless tie in the first quarter, scoring on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Green to Nicholas Kraetke. The following extra point gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead, though the Dragons were able to answer in the second quarter.
Fischer capped a scoring drive with a 14-yard touchdown run and Siren converted on the first of what would end as two important 2-point conversion attempts, with another Fischer run to give Siren an 8-7 lead entering halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Dragons again went to Fischer to claim their first lead of the game. He scored on another 14-yard touchdown run, but the 2-point conversion pass attempt from Nick Webster to Brady Kosloski was denied and the Dragons left two important points on the field.
“Cordell Fischer did everything he could on offense to get us the win,” Karsten said. “Thirty-six carries is a heck of a game.”
With a 14-7 lead, Siren needed to keep the Warriors out of the end zone to secure a win, or at least deny them the conversion if they scored. Shell Lake did score, finishing a drive with a 1-yard touchdown run and deciding to attempt the 2-point conversion for the win, rather than a kick to tie the game.
“I expected (Shell Lake) to go for the win,” Karsten said. “Every good coach would have went for two.”
The Warriors did, getting the conversion with a pass play to take a 15-14 lead. Unfortunately for the Dragons, those were the final points of the game.
“We played well on defense, we just didn’t make the plays in the last three minutes to win,” Karsten said. “(Shell Lake’s) seniors played really well and deserved to win the game and potentially the conference title. It was a great game where we ended-up on the short end.”
Fischer finished with 153 yards rushing on 36 carries and led the defense with 11 tackles. Gavyn Anton added nine tackles while Riley Churchill added six and Nick Webster had an interception.
The Dragons now await word on the health of both Jordan Webster and Jimmy Krentze, who also was injured during the game.
Siren (4-2) hosts Mellen this Friday.