SIREN – Cordell Fischer had a memorable quarter and game on Friday.
The running back scored four of his five touchdowns in the second quarter for the Siren 8-player football team in its 56-8 season-opening win over Clayton.
“A four-touchdown quarter may have happened once in my 6-plus years (as coach),” Siren coach Ryan Karsten said. “It is quite an accomplishment for any team or player.”
Fischer finished with 231 yards on 25 carries in the game; 18 of those yards came on a first-quarter touchdown that gave the Dragons an early lead. He scored early in the quarter and Siren’s lead was extended to 14-0 with a touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Webster to Trevor Stanford. A 2-point conversion pass from Webster to Zayden Anderson put the Dragons up 14-0 at the end of the first.
They continued to take advantage of their matchup at the line in the second quarter, leading to five more scores before halftime. Fischer scored on a 3-yard run and a 54-yard run before Stanford notched a 6-yard touchdown run that gave Siren a 38-0 lead with more than five minutes remaining in the half.
Fischer closed the half by capping scoring drives with 4-yard and 3-yard touchdown runs, lifting the Dragons to the half-century mark.
“We were bigger on the offensive line and defensive line,” Karsten said. “We tried to use our size to our advantage (and) having eight seniors versus their two was a huge advantage for us and will continue to be, this season.”
Clayton couldn’t threaten Siren’s lead but it did manage to avoid a shutout in the season opener. The Bears got on the board in the third quarter with an 18-yard touchdown run followed by a 2-point conversion, making it a 50-8 game. But that was their lone score of the game while the Dragons still had points to score.
In the fourth quarter, Nick Webster capped the scoring with a 48-yard touchdown run to give Siren a 48-point lead to end the game. Along with the dominance in the run game, the Dragons also managed key defensive plays that helped stifle the Bears’ offense.
“We recovered (and) forced (two) fumbles,” Karsten said. “Our defense flew around this week and made plays. I was really happy with the ways they played and hope it continues in the upcoming games.”
Fischer added a pair of 2-point conversions in the game; Brady Kosloski added another on a pass reception from Webster. Jimmy Krentze had six tackles on defense for Siren; Taedon Nichols, Gage Holmes and Wyatt D’Jock had five each.
“We answered some questions but also asked a few more,” Karsten said. “We proved we could run the ball on a young, inexperienced team.
“Questions we asked ourselves this week - Can we duplicate this performance in the upcoming weeks? Can my young kids play better in the weeks to come? Will my senior stay hungry as the weeks go on? Can we run the ball as well once team prepare to stop us?”
The Dragons may some answers for those questions this Friday, when they play at Prairie Farm.