Sigourney Rolls Past Mid-Prairie

WELLMAN, Iowa - Mid-Prairie was two minutes from being tied — maybe even taking a lead — late in the first half with Class 2A No. 4 Sigourney-Keota.

Then things completely broke down.

Sigourney's Andrew Utterback rolled off two touchdown runs in the final 2:06 of the second quarter and Mid-Prairie didn't have a chance after halftime as Utterback finished with a ridiculous 397 yards and six touchdowns in a 56-20 road win.

"Our line really got after it tonight," Utterback said. "I wasn't getting touched until I was up against defensive backs."

Utterback isn't a flashy back, but he's fast when he needs to be and runs tough. The senior finished with 42 rushes — 21 in each half — and had eight runs for double-digit yardage.

Asked if he'd had a game like that all season, Utterback's simply replied, "No," flashing a big smile.

The game was tied 14-14 with less than three minutes before halftime when Mid-Prairie was driving at the Sigourney 28-yard line. A gutsy play-call for a halfback pass backfired when the Savage Cobras intercepted and took over.

The next play, Utterback made his best run of the night. He cut through the middle and ran to the near sideline, made a complete stop as two defenders fell to the ground and cut across the field for an 82-yard score.

After a quick punt, Utterback peeled off a 64-yard run to the 2-yard line and punched in into the end zone on the next play for a 28-14 lead.

"We were trying to take some chances," Mid-Prairie Coach Pete Cavanagh said. "That was the momentum swing and we came out flat in the second half."

Sigourney (8-0, 6-0 2A-6) have won every game by two touchdowns or more. The Cobras use a confusing system with a lot of misdirection and fakes. Sigourney came up big on defense with three interceptions — one for a TD.

The Golden Hawks (4-4, 3-3) need a win next week to have a shot at the postseason. Brody Barthelman led Mid-Prairie with 146 yards and two TDs on the ground.
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