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Braves fall to SL in opener

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Carry on! While the sun shines, defenders close in, and teammates block, Cherokee's Matt Koch carries the ball upfield for a sizable gain during the Braves season-opening football game at Storm Lake on Aug. 29. Photo by Paul Struck
Miscues costly in 33-20 football loss

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.

Cherokee quarterback Tyler Jones carries the ball around end as a backfield judge, teammate Cody Stowater (72), and Storm Lake's Eric Smith watch him scamper in action at Storm Lake on Aug.29. Photo by Paul Struck
Storm Lake took a 13-0 lead in the first frame after quarterback Bobby Brown hooked up with Tony Pertzborn for a five-yard TD, and followed that with a 23-yard TD pass to Courtney Goodchild.

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.

Cherokee's Kyle Schuett is congratulated by happy Braves on the sideline after scoring his team's first touchdown of the season on a 30-yard pass from QB Tyler Jones at Storm Lake on Aug. 29. Photo by Paul Struck
The Braves then scored late in the fourth on a 34-yard TD pass from Jones to Kyle Schuck for the final 33-20 margin.

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."

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