SIGOURNEY — Lynnville-Sully’s senior Kinnick McFarland ignited the Hawk football team and fans with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on Friday night. Ethan Wyma, senior running back, tacked on a 2-point conversion run.
The Hawks had an 8-7 lead on host Sigourney-Keota with 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter. They carried that advantage into the second quarter but the Cobras took control outscoring the Hawks 49-0 to build a 56-8 lead on their way to a 56-14 win.
“We were playing pretty football in the first half. We ran back the kickoff and got the 2-point conversion and our kids were pumped,” Lynnville-Sully Hawk head coach Mike Parkinson said. “Then we let it get away from us in the second quarter.”
Parkinson said Sigourney/Keota opened things up midway through the second quarter. The Cobras struck for four touchdowns in the second quarter — two on the ground and two through the air. They led 35-8 at halftime.
The Cobras piled up 447 yards on 42 carries and passed for 140 yards. The Hawks had 123 yards on the ground and 31 passing.
“The same problem we’ve had all year reared its head — we’re not tackling,” Parkinson said. “We had too many turnovers. We had several good drives going then we’d turn the ball over. You can’t win games when you won’t tackle and you turn the ball over.”
Sigourney/Keota’s J.D. Stout had 172 yards on eight carries with three rushing TDs and made a 58-yard TD reception. Sam Sieren scored one touchdown as he piled up 123 yards on 18 hauls. Brady Duna had a 64-yard touchdown catch.
The Cobras scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to lead 56-8 with 3:45 left in the period.
McFarland had a 9-yard TD run for the Hawks in the fourth quarter. He finished with 24 yards on 11 carries and went 1-of-4 passing for 31 yards. Kyle Squires made two carries for 62 yards and Slater Young had 29 yards on seven carries.
Zane Fraker had the reception from McFarland. Lynnville-Sully threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. They had seven penalties for 45 yards. McFarland punted three times for 102 yards.
Fraker made six tackles for the Hawks. Chance Stout and Wyma had five tackles each. Pietro Vacchini made a quarterback sack.
Parkinson told the Newton Daily News that senior starting quarterback Bray Noun Harder suffered a season-ending injury. He did not specifiy what the injury was nor when it occured.
The Hawks (0-3) host Highland at 7 p.m. Friday in Sully.