IKM-Manning downs Sioux Central, grabs a share of district championship

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After surrendering scores to start both the first and second quarters the IKM-Manning offense, and defense would answer.

The answer not only was one that hurt on the scoreboard, it was also one, that will, most likely send the Wolves to the playoffs.

Friday night the IKM-Manning Wolves defeated Sioux Central 35-12. With the win the Wolves move a full game ahead in their district with just one game left in the season.

Sioux Central entered Friday’s game with home field advantage, and used it early on as they scored off an 8-play, 73-yard drive that gave the Rebels a 6-0 lead. IKM-Manning one upped the Rebels as they capped off the first quarter with a 16-play, 72-yard drive that ended with Kyler Rasmussen scoring off a one yard-touchdown run.

The Wolves took the lead, 7-6 off an Amos Rasmussen kick.

The second quarter started when Sioux Central scored to cap off a 17-play, 71-yard drive to take a 12-7 advantage.

The Rebels held the lead through half. It wasn’t until the Wolves went on an 11-play, 68-yard drive, capped off once again with a Kyler Rasmussen touchdown from one yard out. Amos Rasmussen kicked the PAT and helped the Wolves take a 14-12 lead.

Once they had the lead, the Wolves would rely on their defense, which would shutout the Rebels for the rest of the game. Overall the Rebels would be held to 191 total yards, with 190 of those yards coming on the ground. IKM-Manning on the other hand, would have 322 total yards with 271 rushing and 51 passing.

Helping contribute to the rushing yards were both Kyler and Amos Rasmussen who continued to pile on the score for the Wolves.

Late in the third quarter Kyler Rasmussen scored his third touchdown of the night when he broke free from the Rebel defense on a four yard run. That ended a four-play, 12-yard drive.

Early in the fourth quarter Amos Rasmussen was able to break out on the longest scoring play of the night. The speedy sophomore scored off a 53-yard run. That capped an 8-play, 73-yard drive. Amos also kicked the PAT.

With four minutes and 12 seconds left in the game Kyler scored his fourth touchdown of the night with a 5-yard score. That capped a 5-play, 51-yard drive.

The Wolves offense, despite their scores only had 16 first downs on the night, besting Sioux Central by six.

With the win over Sioux Central the Wolves are assured at least a share of the district championship, and a playoff berth.

Next week the Wolves will play Ridge View (1-7). That game will be in Manning.

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