IDA GROVE - Senior running back Trevor Ryen scorched the anemic Cherokee defense with five rushing touchdowns on 15 carries for 142 yards to lead the Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove Falcons to a 53-27 demolition of the Braves in non-district football action here Friday night.
The Falcons had their way with the Braves in the rushing department, totaling 390 yards in the game on 43 carries for seven touchdowns from scrimmage, and dashing one TD 80 yards on a kick-off return by Quinn Westphal to account for the offensive onslaught.
Ryen scored TDs on runs of 21, 10, 15, 55, and eight yards in the game.
Cherokee workhorse Luke Zeiman carried the ball a whopping 37 times for 190 yards but could not crash the endzone.
The Braves' TDs came on two short runs by quarterback Levii Lundquist, who rushed five times for 47 yards; a 41-yard scamper by Marc Husman; and a 14-yard TD pass from Lundquist to Husman.
In the passing department, Lundquist was 7-20 for 83 yards, one TD and one interception; and QB Zac Taylor was 1-5 for seven yards. Husman led his team in receptions with four for 49 yards, and Eric Wilkie caught three for 32 yards.
Zeiman accounted for one two-point conversion, and Grayson Roosa kicked a PAT for the Braves.
On defense, Husman paced the Braves with 11 tackles, followed by Taylor with seven, Zeiman six, and Stetson Dagel, Lane Peterson, and Lundquist with four each. Husman also had a pass interception from his safety position.
Falcon QB Allen Creighton completed 3-7 passes for 40 yards and one pick in his team's ground oriented attack.
Dalton Leinbaugh and Royce Rosemeyer paced OABCIG on defense with seven tackles apiece, while Trever Schnuckel and Austin Zobel rang up six each.
"We definitely made strides on the offensive side of the ball," noted Cherokee's first-year head coach Travis Schipper.
"I was very impressed with our offensive line as they opened up some big holes for our backs. We had to move Stetson Dagel to tight end in the first half and he did a nice job blocking and helping set the edge there. That also made us have to move Zac Bennigsdorf to tackle and play out of position for Stetson, but he also did a nice job.
"We got Marc more involved, but we still need to find more ways to get him touches on offense. I was very proud of how the kids didn't give up and kept fighting in the game. We definitely need to shore up some basic fundamentals on the defensive side of the ball, we had a lot of missed tackles and were unable to shed blocks, and those are things we are going to have to get better at as we enter district play."
The 0-2 Braves kick off the 2012 Class 2A District 1 season Friday night, hosting 1-1 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock.