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Monday, October 18, 2010

Cherokee no match for 8-0 Titans

Cherokee defensive lineman Austin Mongan, left, and Alanzo Ruble (7) close in on the Jefferson-Scranton/Paton-Churdan quarterback just as the ball leaves his hand during recent District football action in Cherokee won by the Braves. Photo by Mike Leckband
LAKE CITY - The 3rd-ranked, undefeated South Central Calhoun football team played as billed here Friday night, decimating an enigmatic Cherokee football team 55-8 in Class 2A District action.

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.

Cherokee's Jakob Hummel takes off with a pass catch as Jefferson-Scranton/Paton-Churdan defender Brandon Silbaugh pursues during recent action in Cherokee. Photo by Mike Leckband
The 2-6 Braves (2-4 in District) host winless Missouri Valley Friday night in the regular season finale with no state playoff implications. The top four teams in each District qualify for the playoffs for the first time this season.

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.

Cherokee varsity football coach Neil Phipps, right, and assistant coaches Mike Nixon (left) and Bruce Dagel (center) stay focused on the play on the field during recent football action. Photo by Paul S
The Titans rushed the ball 40 times for 320 yards, and Anderson passed 7-8 for 133 yards, and Gray passed 3-4 for 42 yards. Cherokee's Jakob Hummel had a pass interception for Cherokee.

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."

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