Cherokee's Gus Laursen (13) takes care of business at the bottom of the pile to bring down the Missouri Valley ball carrier, as teammates Alanzo Ruble, and Brock Dagel, back, flash to the play. Big Red players include Eric Ford (58) and Lane Kirlin (57). Photo by Paul Struck
District win closes 3-6 season
Jakob Hummel snagged touchdown passes of 41 and 36 yards to lead Cherokee to a resounding 35-0 victory over winless Missouri Valley and cap off a 3-6 2010 season for the Braves here Friday night.
Cherokee amassed a 21-0 lead at halftime and scored two more TDs in the third period to jump to a 35-point lead and cause a continuos clock in the fourth quarter that ended the game in a hurry.
Hummel scored the Braves first TD in the first frame on a 41-yard pass from quarterback Seth Mahnke, and tallied his second TD in the third quarter on a 36-yard TD pass from quarterback Nate Seliger.
An unidentified Cherokee defender wraps up Missouri Valley quarterback Michael West as Cherokee lineman Manny Bustos charges in during the Braves 35-0 victory over the Big Red to end the 2010 season for both teams here Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The Braves also got TDs on a 33-yard pass from Seliger to Mahnke, a 33-yard TD run from Seliger, and a 66-yard run by Sam Hinkhouse. Hummel hooked up with Adam Pitts for a 2-point conversion, and Zac Anderson kicked three PATs for the winning Braves.
All told, the Braves rushed 23 times for 186 yards and two TDs, with Hinkhouse leading the way with five carries for 81 yards, Seliger totaling four carries for 44 yards, and Kristian Freed 10 carries for 31 yards.
The tough Braves defense limited Missouri Valley to just 22 yards on 36 carries, with Jole Miller hauling the ball 14 times for 37 yards. Big Red QB Michael West was 4-10 passing for 60 yards, and Miller 1-9 for six yards.
Adam Pitts of Cherokee displayed pink socks and sweat bands as part of the Braves tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Friday's District football final against Missouri Valley. Photo by Paul Struck
For Cherokee, Mahnke was 2-2 passing for 52 yards and a TD, and Seliger was 11-20 for 189 yards and two TDs.
Hummel had a pass interception in the end Zone to stop Big Red's lone scoring threat in the second quarter.
Freed led the Braves defense with 10 tackles, while Brock Dagel tallied eight, and Alanzo Ruble, Zac Anderson, and Gus Laursen totaled six apiece.
Teammates congratulate Cherokee's Zac Anderson (17) as he returns to the bench after kicking a successful PAT that gave the Braves a 21-0 first-half lead over Missouri Valley in Class 2A District football action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
"it was fun to win," said Cherokee coach Neil Phipps. "We played the seniors in groups on offensive and defense and they played well. They did a great job.
"This was a tough season. We played three ranked teams in our District and a ranked team (Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn) in non-district play. We had a lot of players without much varsity experience. It's always good to end with a win."
The Braves finish 3-6 over all, and 3-4 in Class 2A District play.
Fully aware that their #1 fan would be there, the Cherokee seniors had a special request at Friday's season-ending win over Missouri Valley - to have their photo taken with lifelong Braves booster Kenny Bern. Enough said. The Braves seniors are, front row, left to right, Austin Mongan (injured), Manny Bustos, Tyler Comstock, Kyle Halder. Middle, Curtis Ege, Gus Laursen, Kristian Freed, Sam Hinkhouse, Jakob Hummel, Kenny Bern, Alanzo Ruble, Matt Woodall, Andrew Chaffin, Peter Cosgrove. Back, Brock Dagel, Seth Mahnke. Photo by Paul Struck