Sam Hinkhouse lit the fuse as the Cherokee Braves detonated all over visiting Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 39-18 in opening Class 2A District play here Friday night.
Hinkhouse took the opening kick-off and, wisely following his blockers and speeding through the holes, scampered 87 yards to paydirt to excite the large Cherokee crowd and get the Braves off and running.
The visiting Rams tallied their lone first-half TD on two-yard run by sophomore QB Ryan Dougherty.
In fact, Dougherty accounted for all three Ram TDs, scoring a TD in the third frame on a one-yard run, and another one-yard run in the fourth period.
Cherokee tallied TDs in the second half on a two-yard run by Husman, an exciting 63-yard pass from Seliger to Seth Mahnke, and a 22-yard TD pass from Seliger to Hummel early in the fourth.
Kristian Freed added a two-point conversion run for the Braves, and Zack Anderson kicked a PAT to punctuate TDs for the home team.
MVAO rushed 39 times for 229 yards, with Stormy Trucke leading the way with 18 carries for 87 yards, and Dougherty rushing 19 times for 84 yards. Isaac Berry rushed 11 times for 58 yards.
Mahnke caught five passes for 167 yards and a TD, and Hummel caught five for 50 yards and two TDs. Seliger was 14-17 passing for 275 yards, and Dougherty 2-5 for 39 yards.
"We played a lot better," said Cherokee coach Neil Phipps. "It was nice to do some good things and to see the fruits of our labors. The guys know to get the W, they have to play well."
Cherokee's 300-pound center Miah Back showed some good hands in the second quarter when he grabbed a tipped pass and lumbered 15 yards to the one-yard line to set up a Braves TD.
The 1-2 Braves play at 3-0 Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove Friday in a District toughie in Ida Grove.