After winning a two-point contest a week ago, the Sioux County Warriors were on the opposite end of a two-point margin, suffering a 44-42 defeat at the hands of Guernsey-Sunrise Friday.
Down by 20 points at the end of the third quarter, the Warriors stormed back in the final eight minutes to score four touchdowns but failed to convert on the point after attempts each time.
Guernsey-Sunrise scored in the opening minutes of the contest for an early lead, but Sioux County’s Cy Hughson entered the end zone twice before the quarter ran out for a 12-6 lead. Hughson scrambled across the goal line again early in the second to open up a Warrior 18-6 lead, but it was the last points Sioux County would manage until the fourth quarter. Guernsey-Sunrise scored an unanswered 32 points, taking a 20-18 lead into half-time and a 38-18 lead into the final quarter.
Warrior quarterback Tucker Monroe connected with Jadon Skavdahl on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 9:02 remaining, only to see Guernsey-Sunrise tack on another TD midway through the quarter. But Monroe found Mike Sanderson in the end zone on a 34-yard pass with four minutes left, and connected with Skavdahl again over 30 yards to make it 44-36 with three minutes to go. With seven seconds left on the clock Monroe dashed in from five yards out to bring the Warriors within two.
A failed extra point pass ended the game in a loss for Sioux County. The Warriors were unable to convert on any of their point after attempts in the contest, and Guernsey-Sunrise succeeded on just one point after attempt – securing their two-point margin.
Hughson rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns, while Monroe added 15 yards on the ground. The Warriors made most of their yardage in the air, completing 11 passes on 25 attempts for 227 yards. Skavdahl had 78 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while Sanderson added 75 yards and a touchdown. Monroe completed 11 of 18 passes for 213 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
The Warriors converted for nine first downs and had three turnovers and three takeaways. They were penalized for 95 yards on 10 calls. Guernsey-Sunrise rushed for 158 yards and passed for 187, converting on 12 first downs. G-S was penalized 13 times for 134 yards.