Morgan Cotten, Shenandoah

Shenandoah sophomore Morgan Cotten (middle, with ball) waits for a block from junior Avery Martin (number 55) during a loss to OABCIG, Friday, Oct. 11.

SHENANDOAH – OABCIG junior quarterback Cooper Dejean threw seven first half touchdown passes in a 54-7 Falcon rout of Shenandoah, Friday, Oct. 11.

Shenandoah had no answer for OABCIG’s big-play passing game as Dejean’s seven touchdowns came on just 11 completions for 261 yards.

“They did a tremendous job moving the ball and had the big plays,” Shenandoah coach Ty Ratliff said. “We wanted to limit the big plays and came up short on that. They gave us a good old-fashioned beatdown.”

The Falcons scored touchdowns on their first four drives, all in the first quarter. The Falcons needed just 14 plays for the four scores as Dejean connected on touchdown passes of 35, 31, 35 and 26 yards and OABCIG led 26-0 after one period.

Devin Morelock intercepted a Dejean pass in the final minute of the first quarter, and the Mustangs responded with their only touchdown. It took 14 plays to go 45 yards with Conner Birt finding the end zone on a two-yard run with 5:37 remaining in the second period.

“We just kept the chains moving,” Ratliff said on the scoring drive. “There wasn’t anything fancy, some run, some pass and we were able to capitalize.”

The Falcons immediately responded, however, with Dejean finding Jake Nieman for a 55-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the next drive. Nieman caught four passes for 135 yards and four scores for the game.

The Falcons would add touchdown passes of 10 and 36 on their final two drives of the half to lead 47-7 at halftime, keeping the clock running for the entire second half.

Dejean added a 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for the final margin.

“They are well-coached and did a great job defensively shutting down our pass and run,” said Ratliff. “Their speed and athleticism showed up. They are a good team and will do good things down the road.”

Shenandoah quarterback Kyle Cerven completed 10 of 21 passes for 48 yards. Anthony Stogdill and Blake Herold combined for eight of the 10 receptions. Morgan Cotten led the Mustang rushing attack with 43 yards while Cerven added 39. Cotten and Cerven needed 31 carries to pick up the 82 combined yards.

Several pictures from the game and from Senior Night festivities from prior to the contest are available at valleynewstoday.com.

Shenandoah fell to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in Class 2A District 9 with the loss.

Shenandoah’s final two games of the season are on the road against Hawkeye 10 Conference rivals Atlantic and Kuemper Catholic. The Trojans and Knights boast identical overall and district records as the Mustangs.

“Atlantic has a great running back,” said Ratliff, “so we go from an all-pass team to an all-run team. We have to be more physical. If we expect to go up there and get the win that’s one big focus right there.”

OABCIG improved to 7-0 and 3-0 in the district with the win.

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