SIREN – The Siren football team was forced to make an adjustment.
Entering Friday’s game with a 3-0 record, the Dragons had to make a lineup change and play without Cordell Fischer – the team’s leading rusher and key defensive player at linebacker – due to an illness. That moved Trevor Stanford to the lead back position and he responded with large numbers.
Stanford rushed for 240 yards, had 191 yards receiving and scored a touchdown on special teams to lead the Dragons to a 47-8 win over Mercer-Butternut and ensure this Friday’s matchup against Luck will be one of undefeated teams.
“Cordell was unable to play and our plan was to go and play as usual,” Siren coach Ryan Karsten said. “But that changed after two first-half fumbles. We moved Trevor to our lead back to start the second half.”
Stanford went on to score four touchdowns in the third quarter, though the Dragons built a multi-score lead well before halftime.
Jeremy Liljenberg put the Dragons on the board with a 6-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. The 6-0 lead then became a 13-0 advantage when a Mercer-Butternut drive was stopped, leading to a punt that was blocked. Stanford collected the loose ball and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown. Wyatt D’Jock added the extra point to put Siren up 13-0.
The Dragons’ defense negated the two early fumbles by the offense and kept the visitor scoreless through halftime, allowing the lead to be increased before halftime.
“The starting defense allowed less than 60 yards when they were in there,” Karsten said. “This is accomplished without Fischer at linebacker; it was a great defensive effort.”
Stanford scored his first offensive touchdown of the game in the second quarter, catching a Jordan Webster pass for a 15-yard touchdown. Another extra point from D’Jock gave the Dragons a 20-0 lead entering halftime.
Siren, more specifically Stanford, more than doubled that advantage in the third quarter. He had a 60-yard touchdown run to put the Dragons up by four scores and followed with a 37-yard touchdown reception and two more rushing touchdowns. His 12-yard and 50-yard touchdown runs gave the Dragons a 47-0 lead.
“It was Trevor’s best game as a Dragon,” Karsten said.
Though Butternut-Mercer was able to spoil Siren’s shutout bid with a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Dragons already had secured their fourth consecutive win.
Webster went 9-for-21 passing for 230 yards; Gage Holmes had 46 yards rushing and Nick Webster added two catches for 39 yards. Jimmy Krentze had 10 tackles on defense for Siren; Gavyn Anton had eight tackles and Zayden Anderson had an interception.
Now the Dragons concentrate on their upcoming matchup with Luck, with their unblemished record on the line.
“We have played some real good teams in weeks 1-4, but nothing like we’ll see (this week),” Karsten said. “We will need a great defensive effort. It will be a good measuring stick for us to know how good we are.”
Luck is coming off its most-lopsided win of the season – a 74-0 victory over Bruce. It was the second time this season the Cardinals have scored 70 or more points in a game; they have averaged 62 points per game in their four wins.