SIREN – A season split was the best Northwood-Solon Springs could hope for.
And fulfilling that hope meant an end to Siren’s season.
Part of what earned the Dragons a first-round home game in the WIAA 8-player football postseason was their 28-26 win over the Evergreens in the third week of the season. But that home advantage was as successful for Siren as it was for Northwood-Solon Springs back in September.
The Evergreens held the Dragons to just one score on Friday night and dashed any thoughts of a comeback with a pair of insurance touchdowns in the fourth quarter for a 24-8 win, ending Siren’s season with a 7-3 overall record.
Though Northwood-Solon Springs was a bit more active defensively than it was in the season’s first matchup, Siren’s coach said a plethora of self-inflicted errors doomed his team.
“(Northwood-Solon Springs) brought more pressure than the first time we played them, but we had opportunities to make plays and just didn't take advantage of them,” Siren coach Ryan Karsten said. “We had 10 dropped balls, including two touchdowns.
“We had our chances.”
Siren trailed 6-0 entering the second quarter and though the Evergreens added another touchdown, the Dragons got on the board in the passing game. Jordan Webster found Brady Kosloski for a 34-yard touchdown pass and followed with a 2-point conversion run. They started the second half trailing just 12-8, but were unable to get more points on the board.
“We just picked the worst day to play our worst game and (Northwood-Solon Springs) played their best game of the year,” Karsten said. “They went on the road in the playoffs and took it to us to win the game. If you don’t play your best game, you can get beat and that is what happened.”
Karsten’s analysis that the Dragons’ mistakes were destructive is verified by the final yardage totals. Despite reaching the end zone only once in comparison to the opposition’s four, the Dragons outgained the Evergreens in passing and rushing yards. Webster passed for 170 yards while he, Cordell Fischer and Riley Churchhill combined for 66 rushing yards. The Evergreens had 213 total yards.
Northwood-Solon Spring’s Jeffrey Meling went 12-for-26 passing for 156 yards; Colin Krmpotich had 77 yards rushing on 13 carries and one of the team’s three rushing touchdowns.
Gavyn Anton led the Dragons with 20 tackles; Trevor Stanford had 15 tackles and six catches for 69 yards while Fischer had 14 tackles and 54 yards rushing.
The Evergreens improved to 8-2 overall on the season and advance to face Luck this Friday at 7 p.m.