HARRISON — Hosting a postseason game for the first time in 13 years, the Sioux County football team celebrated with its first postseason win during that span by routing Arthur County 52-6 on Friday afternoon in Harrison.
Sioux County, which led 30-0 after the opening quarter, rolled up 302 rushing yards on 29 carries to knock out the three time defending six-man state champions and advance into next week’s semifinal round.
“It was important for us to get off to a fast start and not give them any hope of staying in the game,” said Sioux County coach Barry Swisher, who’s guided the Warriors into the postseason in four of the last five years. “We did a good job of that by jumping out with scores on our first three possessions.
“They were pretty depleted with a couple kids injured. With only eight kids, we knew if we jumped on them early it would be hard for them to stay in the game.”
Senior running back Jonny Dunn led the Warriors’ rushing attack with 185 yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns. Garret Gray, Jeremiah Fink and Ron Fink also rushed for a touchdown each in the contest for Sioux County.
“Our offensive line of Phillip Parker, Josh Kling and Kyle Westover has done a great job all season and they’ve only gotten better,” Swisher said. “Those guys up front have done such a good job and it makes it easy for our running backs. In the last two weeks we’ve thrown a total of seven passes. If we can keep running the ball, that’s what we want to do.”
Gray finished the game with 41 rushing yards on three carries. He also completed 2 of his 3 passes for 16 yards.
In two wins over Arthur County this season, Sioux County outscored the Wolves by a whopping margin of 106-14.
With the win, Sioux County will host Silver Lake in the semifinals on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. The other semifinal game will feature Elkhorn Valley playing at Wauneta-Palisade.
Friday’s match up between Sioux County and Silver Lake will be the first of the season between the teams. Both own records of 8-1 with their only loss coming to 9-0 Wauneta-Palisade.
“This is the position you want to be in,” Swisher said. “You want to be playing meaningful games this late in the season. If we can keep running the ball as well as we have been, I feel good about our chances.”
In the other first-round games, Silver Lake beat Arcadia 38-21, Wauneta-Palisade topped Cody-Kilgore 31-14 and Elkhorn Valley downed St. Edward 25-20.
Arthur County (5-4) ............ 0 0 0 6 — 6
Sioux County (8-1) ............ 30 14 8 0 — 52