Undefeated Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove running backs scored two touchdowns apiece on the way to a convincing 41-6 Class 2A District football victory over Cherokee here Friday night.
The Falcons stormed to a 41-6 halftime lead and then went to the bench utilizing the continuous clock in the speedy second half to hold on to the 35-point win.
For the 4-0 Falcons, Trever Ryen scored two TDs on a 16-yard run, and a thrilling 79-yard kick-off return; Brent Stickrod tallied two TDs on runs of two and three yards; and Michael Grote scored TDs on runs of three and six yards.
Ryen started the scoring in the first quarter with a 16-yard run around end that the Braves could not catch up with. However, the Braves answered right back with a good drive culminating in a three-yard plunge by Luke Ziemen to make it 7-6 Falcons after a failed PAT kick.
OA-BCIG then broke the dam on the ensuing play with Ryen returning the kick-off 79 yards down the sidellne for a TD after shoddy tackling by Cherokee sprung him loose and the Braves could not recover.
The winners rushed 38 times for 225 yards, with Stickerod rushing 11 times for 67 yards, Ryen eight times for 67 yards, and Grote eight times for 44 yards.
Falcvon quarterback Creighton Allen was 4-5 passing for 65 yards. Cherokee QB Nate Seliger was 9-18 passing for 84 yards and three interceptions. Marc Husman led Cherokee receivers with four catches for 34 yards, and Adam Pitts had four for 32 yards.
The Braves rushed 36 times for 123 yards, with Ziemen leading the way with 19 carries for 75 yards, and Husman six times for eight yards.
The Braves totaled 12 first downs compared to 15 by OA-BCIG.
Pitts led Cherokee defenders with eight tackles, followed by Husman seven, Eric Wilkie six, and Dillon Drefke six.
"We just can't make mistakes and have penalties, it's tough to come back from them," said Cherokee coach Neil PHipps. "We make some progress and show improvement, but it's not there when penalties and mistakes take it away. It's frustrating. We need to do better defensively tackling and get more physical.
"We played better in the second half, but we can't afford to get behind early. We answered their first TD and then they had that long kick-off return and that wrecked us."