Sixth-rated South Central Calhoun rushed for 421 yards with a stout three-pronged attack to make short work of the Cherokee Braves 50-6 in Class 2A District football action here Friday night.
Cherokee quarterback Zac Taylor rolls out on a pass play as teammate Luke Ziemen prepares to block South Central Calhoun defender Jacob Simpson during Class 2A District football action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
With their lone loss a tenuous 10-8 setback at undefeated Carroll Kuemper, the 7-1 Titans had their way with the Braves, scoring two first-quarter touchdowns and four more TDs in the second quarter to stake out a 42-0 halftime lead that also made short work of the second half, thanks to the continuous clock after a team posts a 35-point lead or more.
The Braves, unable to thwart the potent Titan ground game or move their offense to any great extent, tallied their lone TD in the fourth period on a beauteous 63-yard TD pass play from QB Nate Seliger to Eric Wilkie.
Beyond that, Cherokee was relatively toothless, amassing just 58 yards rushing on 24 carries, with Luke Ziemen leading the way with 42 yards on 12 carries.
Cherokee's Adam Pitts makes a nice gainer on a pass play as a South Central Calhoun defender wraps him up in Class 2A District football action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Reta Todd
Cherokee QBs Seliger and Zac Taylor combined for 10-17 passing for 129 yards, with Adam Pitts leading the receiver corps with six catches for 32 yards, and Marc Husmas two for 26 yards, to say nothing of Wilkie's thrilling catch and run after for the Braves lone points.
SCC rushed 45 times for 421 yards, with Austin Blair leading the way with 12 carries for 140 yards, Kyler Case six hauls for 80 yards, and Kirby Vogel eight hauls for 93 yards. The Titans registered 17 first downs to eight for the Braves.
The SCC QBS were 5-6 passing for 62 yards and two TDs. Blair rushed for two TDs on runs of two and 20 yards, and Case rushed for two TDs on runs of 20 and 77 yards. Tanner Toms also rushed two yards for a TD.
Rick Weaver led the Cherokee defense with a dozen tackles, while Gabe Conley totaled nine, and Husman and Nathaniel Morgan had six apiece.
"They run hard and they have a lot of skill people," noted Cherokee coach Neil Phipps. "They play physical and they're well-coached. We missed tackles and let them get away from us.
"Against good teams, we have to be at our best. We had times when we executed but, over all, we didn't do a very good job coping with their strong ground game."
Cherokee's Eric Wilkie cradles a pass from quarterback Nate Seliger during the Braves football game against South Central Calhoun here Friday night. Photo by Reta Todd
The 2-7 Braves end the season at Missouri Valley (2-7) Friday night.
Cherokee defender Lane Peterson (61) closes in on the South Central Calhoun ball carrier in football action Friday night in Cherokee. Photo by Reta Todd
Cherokee defender Marc Husman corrals a South Central Calhoun ball carrier during football action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Reta Todd