Sioux County outlasts Arcadia in slugfest

In a battle of two of the top teams in six-man football, No. 4 Arcadia came just short of topping No. 2 Sioux County, losing 30-18. After a scoreless first quarter, Jordan Hovie-a mid-season Lexington transfer- helped the Huskies move the ball down the field before scoring on a six-yard touchdown run to put the Huskies up 6-0. Hovie Scored again in the final four minutes of the second quarter on a 19-yard touchdown run, extending the Huskies lead to 12-0. Sioux County put up a 10-yard touchdown pass before the first half ended and the scored stayed at 12-8 at the break. Arcadia got back on track in the third quarter with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Cohen Lewandowski to Steel Sillivan that put the Huskies up 18-8. After that the tide turned as Sioux County showed why they hadn't lost a game all season. "We only trailed in the fourth quarter," Arcadia coach Mike Scott said. "They out-executed us in the last quarter. We played pretty well for three quarters then I don't know if we ran out of gas or if they just stepped it up and decided that they were going to take it from us. We'll be ready for them the next time."Sioux County answered the score with a 28-yard touchdown run and the two point conversion to cut the lead to 18-16 midway through the third quarter. After forcing an Arcadia three and out, Hovie came up with an interception in the endzone to keep the Huskies in front to end the third quarter. The Warriors got the ball back in the 4th quarter and scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass and a six-yard touchdown run to secure the comeback victory. According to Sioux County to coach Barry Swisher, the key to his team's victory came down to his defense. "Our defense, especially in the second half, really got after it," Swisher said. "I think we kind of wore them down a little bit. We just stuck with it and made some big plays."The six-man playoffs are set to start next Friday with matchups still to be determined, but Swisher knows Arcadia will be a team that the field will have to watch out for."Arcadia is a good team," Swisher said. "We knew it was going to be a physical game. They came out and came after us. They're going to cause some problems in the playoffs."Final stats will be added to this story as soon as they become available.