By Paul Struck
The explosive Braves' passing offense was unleashed big time as quarterback Tyler Jones completed 20-29 passes for 357 yards and five touchdowns, and one interception in the endzone, or it would read six TDs.
Cherokee scored two TDs in each of the first, second, and third quarters on their way to 44 points, while the Generals, now 2-2, tallied a fourth-quarter TD on a 70-yard run by quarterback Craig Hertz against the Braves' substitutes.
Cherokee's lead receiver Chris Campbell caught nine passes for 198 yards and two TDs, while speedy Kyle Schuett snagged eight passes for 134 yards and a TD, and Matt Koch grabbed three passes for 25 yards and a TD.
The Braves scored on a 21-yard TD pass from Jones to Campbell, and a 14-yard pass to Koch in the first period. In the second frame, Mark Johnson ran it in from three yards out on the heels of a beauteous 38-yard scamper by Johnson to set up the score. Schuett then punctuated the first half with a 50-yard TD pass that gave the Braves a 27-0 halftime lead.
When Campbell hooked up with Jones on a stunning 79-yard pass play on the second play from scrimmage to kick off the second half, it was all over but the shouting and cheering from the large Cherokee Homecoming crowd.
Schuett then followed on a six-yard TD pass from Jones, and Tim Jones added a 35-yard field goal to round out the winners' total.
A tremendous effort from the Cherokee defense limited the Generals to 111 total yards, 70 of those coming on Hertz's long TD run in the final frame. S-O rushed 31 times for 84 yards, and Hertz completed 3-9 passes for 17 yards and two interceptions. Campbell and Steven Veit had the picks for the Braves.
Cherokee racked up 15 first downs, to just four for the Generals. Koch, Nick Loughlin, and Tim Jones each had a sack for the Braves.
Loughlin also led his team in tackles with 10, followed by Tom Weaver eight, Tim Jones seven, and Wayne Thompson five.
The Braves were whistled for six penalties for 35 yards, and S-O had five for 55.
"We got clicking, we played well, and Tyler had more time to throw," said a happy Cherokee coach Tony Napierala. "We've been struggling on offense. We moved some people around on defense, and our kids sure had a lot more fun this week, That's what it's all about. Our defense got going and Tyler had time to throw. That sets it all up for us."