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Late scores fire JSPC past Braves

Monday, September 26, 2011

JEFFERSON - A tight defensive battle ran amok in the fourth quarter as host JSPC Jefferson rang up three touchdowns in the period on the way to a 35-20 Class 2A District football win over Cherokee.

Cherokee quarterback Nate Seliger (6) hands the ball off to running back Luke Ziemen during recent football action on the road for the Braves. Photo contributed
The Braves countered an early first-quarter TD by the Rams in the first quarter with a score of their own in the second frame to trail just 7-6 at halftime.

The Rams started the scoring in the first with a five-yard TD run by Adam Hoskins. However, the Braves answered back with a 21-yard TD pass from quarterback Nate Seliger to receiver Eric Wilkie to forge a 7-6 halftime deficit.

From then on, the Braves had trouble corralling Hoskins, who scored on a 28-yard interception return, a 25-yard run, and a 31-yard run for a four-touchdown performance on the Rams Homecoming Night.

Cherokee's Marc Husman stiff arms a Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto defender on a nice gainer a Mapleton recently. Photo contributed
Hoskins' heroics broke the game open, with Michael Madsen ending the JSPC scoring on a 25-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter.

Cherokee's other TDs were a 12-yard pass from Seliger to Marc Husman, and a 31-yard TD pas from Seliger to Nathaniel Morgan with 1:06 left to play in the game.

The Braves' defense was stout for three periods, trailing just 14-6 after three frames before the dam broke with mistakes, failed risky chances, and Hoskins finding the seams to take it to the endzone.

Cherokee rushed 39 times for 105 yards, with Luke Ziemen leading the way with 28 carries for 83 yards. Marc Husman was 5-16 rushing. Seliger completed 9-16 passes for 194 yards and three TDs, with one interception that went for a TD by Hoskins.

JSPC rushed 39 times for 249 yards, with Hoskins leading the way with 23 carries for 140 yards and three TDs. Rams QB Kane Marquardt was 9-15 passing for 88 yards.

Gabe Conley paced the Braves defense with 17 tackles, while Rick Weaver and Dillon Drefke totaled nine apiece. Conley also recovered a fumble.

Cherokee center Trevor Devitt readies to snap the ball to quarterback Nate Seliger during recent Class 2A District 2 football action on the road for the Braves. Photo contributed
"Gabe had a nice game for us," said Cherokee coach Neil Phipps. "He recovered a fumble and really got after it on defense. We were right in it until we threw that pick at the end of the third quarter. Even then we were not out of it, but we had to try stuff being behind, like an onside kick and some trick plays, and it all backfired on us. The score doesn't indicate what kind of a game it was.

"Now, we'll go to work and work hard preparing for Carroll Kuemper (5-0). Ranked teams are fun to play and see what you can do."

The 1-5 Braves, playing a rugged schedule with six of 10 games on the road totaling over 1,000 miles traveled, play at Kuemper Friday, before returning home for Homecoming 2011 against East Sac County (2-3) the following Friday.

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