NEWTON – Corey Siemer helped Fred T. Foard High take some of the sting away from a disappointing start to the football season on Thursday night.
Siemer, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior running back, ran 24 times for 249 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers won their first game of the season, beating visiting St. Stephens 38-22.
He had his third 100-yard game of the season and is averaging 8.2 yards per carry and has 625 rushing yards. Last season, when Foard went 9-4, Siemer unofficially ran for 901 yards.
Three second-half scoring runs by Siemer helped Foard (1-4) avoid its first 0-5 start since a winless season in 2013.
Foard led 18-13 heading into the fourth quarter and extended its lead on a 14-yard TD run by Siemer about two minutes into the final quarter.
After the Indians (1-3) closed within 24-22 via a 1-yard TD run by Nathaniel Vera and two-point conversion pass — Vera from Connor Williams — the Tigers opened widened their lead.
Siemer ran 49 yards for a score with a bit more than five minutes left to play, and his 7-yard run with about 2 ½ minutes to go put Foard ahead by 16 points.
Foard opened the scoring with a 33-yard run by Siemer and a two-point conversion run by quarterback Jack Colosimo and then added a 46-yard field goal by Daniel Lackey that was set up by a turnover.
St. Stephens running back Xavian King, who ran for 90 yards, ran for a TD and two-point conversion midway through the second quarter to get the Indians within 11-8 by halftime.
Colosimo’s 10-yard TD run in the third quarter had Foard up 18-8 before King’s 5-yard scoring run made it 18-14.
Siemer capped a 130-yard second half with three rushing TDs as beat St. Stephens for the second straight season.
Foard opened the season with losses to Maiden, Bandys, North Lincoln and West Lincoln – teams that are a combined 13-3 – and had scored only 39 points coming in.
The Tigers will open Northwestern Foothills 2A play on Friday night (7:30 p.m.) with a homecoming game against Patton.
St. Stephens is at home on Friday (7:30 p.m.), facing Freedom in a Northwestern 3A-4A opener.
Foard is 19-17 against St. Stephens in games since 1980 and, in records dating back to 1983, 7-11 at Foard … The Tigers avoided going to 0-5 for the 11th time in school history …Foard is now 13-16 under second-year head coach Derrick Minor, who needs seven wins this season to reach 50 in his seven-year career… St. Stephens has 20 wins under head coach Wayne Hicks, who is in his sixth season.