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Braves stymie Buffalo Ridge, 35-0

Monday, October 12, 2009

Cherokee's Kyle Schuck breaks loose on a pass play for a sizable gainer as Buffalo Ridge defender Andrew Stern (71) heads upfield to try to tackle him, and Schuck's teammate Cutter Carlson trails the play in Holstein Friday night. Photo by Reta Todd
Cherokee takes 4-1 District record into Friday's Humboldt game

HOLSTEIN - The feisty Cherokee Braves, with their defense steadily improving and their offense taking on an explosive identity, smashed a good Buffalo Ridge team 35-0 here Friday night to lay waste to the Bison's 2009 Homecoming festivities.

The Braves scored three touchdowns in the first half to take a 21-0 lead at halftime, and then shut down the Bison offense in the second half while tacking on two more TDs to seal the deal at 35-0 when all was said and done.

Cherokee quarterback Matt Pitts rushes the ball around end as Buffalo Ridge defenders Greg Davis (12) and Colby Stephens (26) move in to try to tackle him in Holstein Friday night. Photo by Reta Todd
The Braves took the opening kick-off and pushed it to the Bison's one-yard line before the Buffalo Ridge defense stood its ground and stopped the drive. However, alert Cherokee defender Kyle Schuck then picked off a third and long pass at the 10-yard line to return it to paydirt and hand the Braves a quick 7-0 lead after Matt Pitts' PAT kick.

Cherokee tallied two TDs in the second frame on a PItts 1-yard run, and a 23-yard TD pass play from Pitts to Jakob Hummel.

The Braves tallied two more TDs in the second half to ice it, with Dan Bieber cashing in a 12-yard TD run in the third period, and Cutter Carlson carrying the ball into the end zone on a 6-yard scamper in the fourth frame.

Cherokee receiver Seth Mahnke (11) makes a good effort at this pass attempt as teammate Kyle Schuck (22) moves in to help and Chronicle Times photographer Paul Struck captures a different sideline angle during District football action Friday in Holstein. Photo by Reta Todd
"Our front line did a great job pressuring their quarterback (Seth Johnson) said Cherokee co-head coach Kurt Reynolds. "A lot of credit goes to coach (Neil) Phipps for our line play, and (Scott) Koch for our defensive backs. Kinemen Brock Dagel, Zach Woods, Patrick Loughlin, Nick Keith, and Eric VanVoorst deserve a lot of credit."

The Braves rushed 37 times for 141 yards in the game, with Bieber leading the way with 10 carries for 70 yards, while Carlson was seven for 23, Pitts nine for 18, and Kristian Freed six for 17.

The Bison rushed 16 times for just 29 yards, with Tyson Thoreson leading the way with six hauls for 20 yards.

Cherokee linemen Zach Woods (78), Nick Keith (73), and Brock Dagel talk over strategy at a water break during the Braves big win at Buffalo Rdieg Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Pitts was 15-21 passing for 183 yards and two TDs. Buffalo Ridge QB Johnson was 12-33 passing for 95 yards and four costly interceptions. Getting the picks for the Braves were Schuck, Hummel, Cody Ege, and Kyle Halder on a tipped pass from Woods.

Schuck caught six passes for 98 yards to lead the Braves' receivers, while Hummel snagged four for 39, Bieber three for 23, and Nolan Sampson one for 18 yards.

Cherokee ball carrier Dan Bieber tries to dodge Buffalo Ridge defender Tyson Thoreson during the Braves big District win over the Bison at their 2009 Homecoming Friday night in Holstein. Photo by Reta Todd
Cherokee totaled 16 first downs, and the Bison had seven. The entire Braves defense was credited with a superb effort, according to coaches.

"Over all, the kids did a nice job," added coach Reynolds. "They worked hard and knew they had to keep the pressure on their QB and make him uncomfortable in the pocket, or else they could move the ball by passing. It was a great team effort."

Cherokee (5-2 over all and 4-1 in the Class 2A District) hosts dangerous Humboldt (4-3, 3-2) Friday night.

Cherokee quarterback Matt Pitts rushes the ball around end as Buffalo Ridge defenders Greg Davis (12) and Colby Stephens (26) move in to try to tackle him in Holstein Friday night. Photo by Reta Todd
Buffalo Ridge's Dillon Waters (23) carries the ball for a nice gain as a Cherokee defender brings him down, and Waters' teammates Chris Bondinello (74) and Michael Davidson (78) trail the play Friday night in Holstein. Photo by Reta Todd [Click to enlarge]

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