HULL - Cherokee's record-setting quarterback Tyler Jones completed 29 passes in 44 attempts for a whopping 429 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Cherokee Braves to a hard-earned 38-19 win over Hull Western Christian here Friday night.
Jones completed TD passes to Matt Koch for 24 yards, and 17 yards to Kyle Schuett in the first quarter to give the Braves a 12-6 lead. He then hooked up on a 28-yard TD pass to Dillon Moye in the third frame, and connected with Chris Campbell on a 38-yard pass also in the third period, before running in a fourth-quarter TD from five yards out in the fourth frame to seal the deal. Michael Summers got the Braves' scoring off and running in the first quarter on a seven-yard TD run.
Campbell led the Cherokee receivers with 11 catches for 148 yards and a TD, followed by Koch, six catches for 106 yards and a TD; Schuett, seven catches for 103 yards and a TD; Mark Johnson, three catches for 25 yards; and Moye, two catches for 46 yards and a TD.
The Braves racked up 23 first downs in the game, compared to 15 by HWC.
Leading the defense for the winners were Tyler Lundsgaard with 13 tackles, followed by Tim Jones 10 tackles and a sack, Tom Weaver 10, Johnson 10, Nick Loughlin nine and two sacks, and Koch five and a blocked punt.
The flags flew this windy night, with the Braves whistled for nine penalties for 70 yards, and HWC 10 times for 70 yards.
"Our defense played well, except we gave up some big plays and we can't do that," said Cherokee coach Tony Napierala. "We also had too many penalties.
"We go to a tough Orange City Unity Christian Friday night, so we have our work cut out for us the next few weeks, including a big home date with #1 and undefeated Central Lyon/George-Little Rock on October 12. We'll keep working to get better. That's all we can do."
The Braves take a 3-2 record to Unity Christian Friday, and stand 2-1 in Class 2A, District 1 play.