STORM LAKE - A couple costly Cherokee turnovers led to two Storm Lake touchdowns here on Aug. 29, boosting the Tornadoes to an exciting 33-20 season-opening victory over the Braves.
Cherokee rang up three touchdowns in the game, but those two TD gifts, plus two early Storm Lake TDs in the opening quarter against a shaky Braves' defense, combined to lead the hosts to the win.
The Braves answered in the second period on a 30-yard TD pass from QB Tyler Jones to fleet Kyle Schuett to make it 13-7. Then, after the Tornadoes went up 19-7 on a one-yard sneak by Brown following a Cherokee fumble deep in the Braves territory, Jones hooked up with Matt Koch on an 11-yard TD pass to mae the score 19-13 at halftime.
The hosts scored the game's lone TD in the third quarter on a seven-yard TD scamper by Ben Seaman and tallied another TD in the fourth on a 13-yard TD pass from Brown to Pertzborn to lead 33-13.
Jones, now needing 234 passing yards to become Iowa's all-time prep career passing leader, completed 21-42 passes for 231 yards and three TDs, and one interception.
SL's Brown was 23-32 passing for 258 yards and three TDs. Cherokee limited the Tornadoes' rushing game to 65 yards on 30 carriers, with Seaman leading the way with 17 hauls for 68 yards.
Cherokee rushed 18 times for 34 yards, with Schuett leading the pack with eight carries for 45 yards. Matt Pitts kicked two PATs in the game. Koch led the Braves' receivers with seven catches for 74 yards, while Schuett had four for 59, Schuck three for 36, Richie Schmdt three for 15, Nick Parker two for 29, and Brandon Henke two for 18.
Schueet, Schuck, Tyler Lundsgaard, and Luke Pearson led the Cherokee defense with nine tackles each.
"We made a few mistakes that really cost us," said Cherokee coach Neil Phipps, who shares that title with Kurt Reynolds. "Other than that, it was a pretty even game.
"The third quarter did us in. We had six incompleted passes in a row, had one successful pass, and then had five more incompletions. Most of those balls were catchable and we didn't cash them in. We go back to work this week and get ready for Spencer Friday night."