Had you only watched the first quarter of Sidney's Friday night tilt against Elk Horn-Kimballton, the final score might look like it must be a typo.
Held scoreless for nearly 18 minutes, the Cowboys rose up to score six times in their next seven possessions to run away with a 61-25 victory in the district opener. The win, coupled with Fremont-Mills playoff win last year gives Corner teams two consecutive wins over over Elk Horn, a team that has traditionally given area schools nightmares.
After a scoreless first quarter, the two teams traded touchdowns throughout the second frame with Elk Horn scoring first and the Cowboys responding. Cameron Whitehead hit Sergio Rodriguez for the first score and Bryson Duncan rumbled for the second. Elk Horn stunned the Cowboys with a flea flicker just before half and appeared to be all set to take a 19-13 lead into the break, but a quick Sidney drive capped by Whiteheads second touchdown pass gave Sidney the momentum heading into break.
Cody Dupre angled to the center of the field and was wrapped up at the one before struggling to thrust the ball across the goal line for the tying score. The fast pace favored the deeper Cowboys as the visiting defenders were visibly struggling to catch their breath as the half drew to a close. The second half only brought more struggles for the Elk horn defense.
Dupre caught a 45 yard pass for a score early in the third quarter after the Elk Horn defense bit on a play fake. He was two yard beyond the nearest defender when Whiteheads pass hit him in stride. Brock Shirley intercepted a pass shortly after that to give the Cowboys a short field. Whitehead took the honors himself, bowling over the goal line from 10 yards out to make the score 32-19.
The floodgates opened. it was all on the ground after that. Whitehead scored again. Duncan rushed for two more scores and Dupre scampered around end for his third score of the game for the final Sidney touchdown.
The Cowboys pick up their third win of the season and their eighth straight win stretching back to last season when they lost back to back games against Fremont-Mills and the aforementioned Elk Horn-Kimballton.
Elk Horn drops to 1-2 on the season, but its only fair to mention the two losses are to Sidney, and Audubon who are two of the strongest teams in the area. Also among the strongest teams in the area is Fremont-Mills who punished East Mills Friday night to improve to 2-1 on the season.
F-M will play host to Sidney Friday night. The Knights haven't lost a district game to a Corner Conference opponent since late September back in 2012 when the very same Sidney Cowboys preserved a 31-30 win with a goal line stand on the last play of the game in what is arguably the most exciting game of the Corner Conference 8-man era.