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Braves blitz Buffalo Ridge

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cherokee's 6-7, 300-pound, two-way, huggy-bear lineman Keaton Tuttle gestures to teammates on the sideline after living a lineman's dream of intercepting a pass at the line of scrimmage and - ALMOST - taking it to paydirt during the Braves big win over Buffalo Ridge on Oct. 10th. Photo by Paul Struck
Schuett runs for 5 TDs

Cherokee's football Braves, improving each time out and gaining confidence on both sides of the ball, skinned the Buffalo Ridge Bison 54-7 after stampeding to a 41-0 halftime lead in Class 2A District 2 action here on Oct. 10th.

In short, the hard-working Bison simply had no answer for Cherokee's speed in the backfield and at the receiver positions, as Kyle Schuett, Iowa's 100-meter champion, raced for five touchdowns on 12 carries for 173 yards.

Schuett, who missed the last two weeks with an injury, tallied TDs on runs of eight, six, five, 18, and 54 yards, that last one coming on the Braves' first play from scrimmage in the second half and plunging the knife into the hearts of the Bison.

Cherokee ball carrier Nick Parker (8) jukes defenders on this long run from scrimmage while teammate Richie Schmidt (23) makes a nice block to spring him during the Braves 54-7 demolition of Buffalo Ridge in Cherokee on Oct.10th. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee kicker Matt Pitts converted on 6-8 PAT kicks.

Cherokee rushed 29 times for 312 yards. Besides Schuett, Nick Parker carried three times for 42 yards and the Braves first TD of the game on a 23-yard scamper, quarterback Tyler Jones carried four times for 36 yards and a 21-yard TD run, Matt Pitts carried it four times for 22 yards and a 14-yard TD, and Cutter Carlson three hauls for 35 yards.

Jones, Iowa's career yards passing record holder, was lethal and efficient this night, completing 8-9 passes for 80 yards, as Cherokee's running game proved too much for the Bison to handle throughout.

Buffalo Ridge rushed 31 times for just 41 yards, with gritty Tyler Kenny leading the way with 13 carries for 67 yards. Bison QB Kellen Jacobson completed 6-21 passes for 101 yards and five costly interceptions, as the opportunistic Braves came up big on defense when the Bison were forced to pass because their ground game was going nowhere.

Cherokee receiver Brandon Henke lays out for a pass that just missed while Buffalo Ridge defender Ray Wedeking moves in to make the tackle in District 2 football action in Cherokee on Oct. 10th. Photo by Paul Struck
Parker, Kyle Schuck, Philip Bieber, Keaton Tuttle, and Tony Hunt had picks for Cherokee, with the Braves substituting freely from late in the first half throughout the speedy second half with its continuous clock due to the 35-point mercy rule.

Buffalo Ridge scored its TD in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard pass from Jacobson to Patrick McAreavy. Seth Johnson kicked the PAT.

Philip Bieber led the winners in tackles with nine, while Brock Dagel tallied six, Matt Koch five, and Cutter Carlson five.

Buffalo Ridge's Patrick McAreavy breaks loose on a nice kick-off return during the Bison's Class 2A District 2 football game against Cherokee, as Cherokee defender Dan Bieber gives chase. Photo by Paul Struck
"We wanted to come out strong, get up early and finish," said Cherokee coach Kurt Reynolds. "We worked on that all week. They're a young team and we wanted to get up early and stay on them, as opposed to last week."

Cherokee beat East Sac County last week 34-20 after leading 34-0 in the third quarter.

"Tonight we got to play some of the younger kids to get them varsity experience. Keaton and Tony Hunt had nice picks for us and Cutter played a great game on defense all night. We're improving, but we have two tough games left."

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