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Jones sets state record in career passing yards

Cherokee's junior quarterback Tyler Jones warms up his arm on the sidelines before setting a new State of Iowa prep passing record during the Braves victory over Sioux Center Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee's Braves rode the passing attack of record-setting quarterback Tyler Jones and a stable of talented receivers to a hard-fought 21-12 Class 2A District win over a solid Sioux Center team here Friday night.

On the way to the victory, Jones established a new State of Iowa record for career passing yards with 7,108 total, breaking the old mark of 6,813 set by Saint Ansgar's Matt Sherman, who later went on to quarterback the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Jones, just a junior, tied Sherman's record during a loss last week to #1 Central Lyon-George-Little Rock. He needed just one yard against Sioux Center to break the record and did so on his first pass completion - an 11-yard hook-up with receiver Dillon Moye.

Jones finished with 22-30 completions for 295 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the win over the visiting Warriors (5-3 over all and 4-2 in District). Now, he can only build on the state record if all goes well the rest of this season, and in his senior year with the Braves.

Kyle Schuett of Cherokee busts a big kick return leading to the Braves' big District win over Sioux Center in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Ironically, it was Jones's feet that gave the Braves their first touchdown here Friday, as he rambled 34 yards for a TD in the first quarter to give the Braves a 7-0 lead after big brother Tim Jones's PAT kick.

The Warriors answered in the second frame on a 22-yard TD pass to Tim Vermeer, the PAT failling, to make the halftime score 7-6 Cherokee.

The Braves scored again in the fourth quarter on a two-yard TD pass from Jones to Chris Campbell, who made a tremendous catch in the end zone. Sioux Center answered on a nine-yard run by Tim Vermeer, the PAT missed, to make it 14-12 midway in the final period.

The big game breaker came on third and long for the Braves when they faked a running play to capable Mychael Summers and Jones hooked up with Matt Koch for a beauteous 53-yard TD pass to seal the deal. Of course, Tim Jones added the PAT.

The Braves totaled 88 rushing yards, with Jones carrying it nine times for 25 yards and a TD, and Summers hauling it 11 times for 49 yards. Sioux Center rushed 47 times for 277 yards, with Matt Sandbulte carrying it 36 times for 184 yards.

The Warriors passed 10-21 for 142 yards and two interceptions - both of them by Chris Campbell who saved the day for the Braves late in the first half with a pick in the end zone, and at the end of the game when he stopped a Sioux Center drive.

Leading receivers for Cherokee were Campbell 10 catches for 70 yards, Koch five catches for 153 yards and a TD, Schuett three catches for 29 yards, Mark Johnson two catches for 26 yards, and Dillon MOye two ctahces for 24 yards.

Johnson and Koch paced he Cherokee defense with 11 tackles each, while Steve Veit had nine, Tyler Lundsgaard seven, and Tom Weaver and Campbell five apiece.

After Sioux Center scored in the fourth to make it 14-12, it was Koch who saved the day with a big tackle on Sandbulte on the two-point conversion.

"We did pretty well, over all," said a pleased Cherokee coach Tony Napierala. "We gave up yards, but not very many points. I'm very happy with our defense. Sioux Center is a tough, well-balanced team and we had to adjust on the fly. The kids did a great job. Our defense bowed its neck and it was a fun game.

"Tyler had a great game. He has a ball sense and could set the passing record where it will never be broken when all is said and done. It's all up to him. If he keeps working at it and how hard he wants to work, it's as far as he wants to take it. He's had a very talented group of receivers and dedicated linemen around him. It's a nice honor for Tyler and our team."

The Braves end regular season play at Sheldon Friday. The Braves are 4-4 over all and 3-3 in District, while the Orabs, are 5-3 over all, and 4-2 in District play.

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