In a season full of ups and downs for the Siren Dragons, the team’s season is still alive and they are headed to the playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Dragons travelled to Rhinelander High School to play Three Lakes on Saturday. The team got off to a slow start and lost 54-30.
Three Lakes is not in the Lakeland conference and this was not a scheduled game at the beginning of the season. Dragon head coach Ryan Karsten told the Sentinel traveling for the game was tough on the team.
“Traveling 4 hours for a game is tough on legs, especially on a young team,” Karsten said. “We exchanged film so we were prepared.”
Siren’s Nick Webster had an impressive game passing for over 300 yards with three touchdowns. Ethan Ruud caught 9 passes for 89 yards.
Luke Pettis helped with rushing the ball getting 34 yards on six carries. Webster carried the ball for 92 yards on 22 carries.
On defense the Dragons were led by Jimmy Krentke and Taedon Nichols. They combined for 36 tackles, Krentke-24 and Nichols-12.
Three Lakes got off to a fast start thanks to a trio of turnovers by the Dragons.
“We had three turnovers in the first half and two were inside Three Lakes 20 yard line. We beat ourselves on many drives,” Karsten said. “Once we got out of our own way, we played well Just too little too late. I was really pleased with our execution and effort in the 2nd half.”
He is hopeful that execution will carry over into their next game. On Friday, Siren heads to Chippewa Falls to take on McDonell Central Catholic.
Karsten said the team is ready and excited for the playoff game.
“We need to keep getting better each night and each week. We will have to play our best game of the year to be competitive Friday night,” Karsten said. “McDonnell is a very good team. I am really happy to be in the WIAA playoffs. My kids are excited for the opportunity.”