CHEROKEE - Central Lyon/George-Little Rock's focused, stout defense and an explosive rushing attack featuring several punishing running backs demolished the struggling, inexperienced Cherokee Braves 56-0 here Friday night in opening Class 2A District 1 football action.
Once again, the 0-3 Braves' struggling defense couldn't find the formula to shut down the opponent's attack after decisive losses in their first two non-district games against Storm Lake and Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove.
CL/GLR romped to a 42-0 lead at halftime, breaking many long gainers and having their way with the Braves' defense.
Try as they may, the Braves couldn't muster any sustained drives featuring warrior running back Luke Zieman, fleet Marc Husman, and gritty quarterback Zac Taylor, who absorbed several crunching hits and popped right back up in a courageous effort throughout the game.
Hunt scored touchdowns on runs of 20 and 13 yards, Henrichs tallied TDs on a 54-yard scamper and a 34-yard pass interception. Grooters tallied TDs on runs of six and 46 yards, Jericho Poppinga scored on a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter to end the onslaught, and Ethan Christians scored on a four-yard run to close out the first-half score at 42-0.
The tough Lions' defense held the Braves to just 17 rushing yards on 25 hauls, with Zieman leading the way with 16 yards on 10 carries.
Cherokee QB Zac Taylor completed 4-13 passes for 57 yards and four picks, with Marc Husman leading receiver with three catches for 35 yards. Lions' QB Jesse Markus was 2-3 passing for 22 yards.
Skylar Moingan paced the busy Cherokee defense with 15 tackles, while Michael Rosewall and Lane Peterson managed seven apiece.
With the Lions scoring at will and the Braves unable to move the ball against the tough defense, first downs were a premium, with CL/GLR totaling seven, and Cherokee three.
The Braves get no respite next week, traveling to Sheldon for a rugged road game against the 2-1 ORABS.