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.
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 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.
"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.