The 8-0 Titans (6-0 in District), coached by Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn graduate Bryan Case, dominated the Braves in all facets to clinch the 2010 District 2 title. South Central Calhoun includes a merger of the traditionally tough Southern Cal and Rockwell City-Lytton football programs.
The out-manned Braves scored their lone touchdown of the night with 3:26 left to play on a thrilling 88-yard kick-off return by Curtis Ege, who received the ball on a hand-off from Sam Hinkhouse, who fielded the kick and initially fumbled the ball. Marc Husman ran in the 2-point conversion to account for the Braves eight points.
The host Titans stormed to a 43-0 halftime lead and then tacked on TDs in the third and fourth quarters from their JV players, as the continuous second-half clock brought a speedy end to the game after SCC amassed a minimum 35-point lead in the first half.
That means SCC; runner-up Carroll Kuemper, whose lone loss was to SCC; Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove, and Jefferson-Scranton/Paton-Churdan will make the playoffs out of the Cherokee District.
The Titans rang up eight TDs and a safety to blitz the Braves, with Jacob Simpson scoring on a 10-yard run, QB Alex Anderson passing to Brian Green for a 48-yard TD, Colten Riley getting a safety, Bryce Judy scoring on runs of three and nine yards, Austin Blair scoring on a 2-yard run, Chris Gray scoring on a 13-yard run, Dalton Hardy scoring on a 33-yard run, and Tanner Toms scoring on a 1-yard run. Gray kicked 5-8 PATs.
The Braves rushed 22 times for a scant 40 yards, and QB Seth Mahnke was 5-10 passing for 44 yards, and Hummel 2-8 for three yards.
Brock Dagel led the Cherokee defense with 10 tackles, while Kristian Freed had nine, and Seth Mahnke seven.
Cherokee coaches credited Sam Hinkhouse with a great performance returning kicks. The speedy senior returned four kick-offs for 169 yards in the game.
"They're good," said Cherokee coach Neil Phipps. "We were missing a few guys and that didn't help us, but they're a really good football team. They got up on us early and the dam broke and we just couldn't get anything going."