Cherokee defenders Zac Anderson (17), Gabe Conley (7), and Nathaniel Morgan (89) bring down JSPC Jefferson ball carrier Otto Oathout during recent football action. Photo by Reta Todd
CARROLL- The 4th rated Carroll Kuemper Knights (5-1) hammered the young Cherokee Braves 43-0 in Class 2A District football action here Friday night.
After fashioning a 28-0 lead in the first quarter against the shell-shocked Braves, Kuemper led 43-0 at halftime, forcing a continuous clock throughout the second half that brought a speedy end to the game highlighting the Knights' 2011 Homecoming festivities.
The Braves could not score against the quick-striking, explosive Kuemper attack, totaling a mere 62 yards rushing on 32 carries, with sophomore running back Luke Ziemen leading the way with 18 carries for 44 yards.
Cherokee receiver Adam Pitts (2) grabs a pass over defender Dylan Schilling for a nice gainer during the Braves recent game at JSPC Jefferson. Photo by Reta Todd
The Knights, whose lone loss was a season-opener to Class 3A rival Carroll High, rushed for 259 yards on 28 carries, with Michael Strautman leading the way with 14 hauls for 121 yards. Ace quarterback Cole Neary rushed three times for 41 yards.
A three-headed monster of Strautman, Neary, and Dylan Bordenaro paced Kuemper throughout, with Strautman scoring three touchdowns on runs of 10, eight, and 11 yards; Bordenaro scoring on a nine-yard TD pass from Neary, and a 99-yard TD pass from Neary; and Neary scoring on a two-yard run to start the onslaught in the first quarter.
For Cherokee, QB Nate Seliger completed 7-17 passes for 95 yards and three interceptions. Neary was 8-15 for 174 yards and two TDs and no picks.
Cherokee receiver Eric Wilkie leaps high to haul in a pass during recent District football action against JSPC in Jefferson. Cherokee's Zac Anderson (17) trails the play. Photo by Reta Todd
Adam Pitts led Cherokee receivers with three catches for 39 yards, while Ziemen, Nathaniel Morgan, Andrew Freese, and Eric Wilkie also caught passes.
Pitts and Rick Weaver paced Cherokee on defense with eight tackles each, and Dillon Drefke tallied five.
The Braves managed eight first downs, and Kuemper had 13.
"They're more physical than we thought. Their line in pretty good," said Cherokee coach Neil Phipps. "They don't usually pass very much, but they did tonight. They focused on passing. They really play hard and get to the ball.
Cherokee defenders Lane Peterson (61), Gabe Conley, right, and Stetson Dagel (55) close in on JSPC Jefferson ball carrier Adam Hoskins during recent District football action in Jefferson. Photo by Reta Todd
"We played hard but they broke too many big scores to get that big early lead. The continuous clock in the second half sure limits production, but we dug ourselves too big a hole against a good team."
The 1-6 Braves must regroup for a Homecoming date Friday night against 2-4 East Sac County in further District play.