Warriors Win Nail-biter

Tucker Monroe crosses the goal line in the third quarter of Sioux County’s victory over Creek Valley.

The Sioux County Warriors picked up their first win of the season against Creek Valley in a back-and-forth battle.

The Warriors earned a 38-36 victory, holding off the Storm in the final minutes.

Sioux County opened the game with a turnover on their first play, but a three-and-out defensive stand put them in position to score midway through the first quarter. A touchdown by Cy Hughson was overturned on an illegal block in the back. The Storm capitalized on the error, entering the end zone just before the period’s end to take a 6-0 lead.

The Warriors answered with a touchdown of their own on the opening series of the second quarter, with Tucker Monroe connecting with Shane Gluth to tie the game. The Storm fumbled the punt return, allowing Sioux County to pin them at the seven-yard line and nearly earn a safety on the next two plays. Creek Valley converted on fourth-and-12, however, only to find themselves at fourth-and-27 a few plays later.

After taking over on downs, Monroe rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown to put the Warriors on top 14-6. Nine seconds later, Creek Valley tied the game when Eli Schmid returned the punt to the end zone. Sioux County failed to gain ground on its answering series, and Creek Valley scored the go-ahead touchdown on a Lucas Trujillo run with 3:01 remaining in the first half. The Warriors converted a fourth-and-one to get to the five-yard line, and Hughson jogged across the goal line with 17 seconds left before half-time to tie the game at 22.

The teams traded scores in the third quarter, with the Storm striking first to take a 28-22 lead, only to see Monroe enter the end zone less than two minutes later to swing the game back to Sioux County 30-28. Schmid crossed the goal line for the Storm next to make it 36-30, and after a failed series that left the Warriors three yards from a touchdown, took over on downs with two minutes left in the quarter. The Warriors recovered a Storm fumble, but Creek Valley maintained their lead after breaking up three passes in the end zone.

Sanderson scored for the Warriors with less than seven minutes to go to put Sioux County back in the driver’s seat 38-36. Fumbles and penalties by each team kept the score there. Creek Valley had a shot at a game-winning touchdown with three minutes left, but Sanderson broke up a critical pass, and the Warriors took over on downs to grind out the victory.

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