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CL/GLR Lions maul Cherokee Braves

Monday, September 10, 2012

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.

Cherokee football coach Travis Schipper counsels lineman Grayson Roosa during the Braves District encounter against Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The Lions ran their record to 2-1 on the season after falling 14-7 to #1 Class A powerhouse West Lyon in the season opener, and answering back with a 22-6 conquest of Hull Western Christian the following Friday.

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.

A host of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock defenders corral Cherokee running back Luke Zieman in District football action in Cherokee Friday night won by the Lions. Photo by Reta Todd
The potent Lions' offense rushed the ball 42 times for 320 yards, spreading the wealth with Josh Hunt carrying the ball 10 times for 61 yards, Luke Grooters 5-58, and Jesse Henrichs 3-59.

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.

Cherokee quarterback Zac Taylor drops back for a pass play during the Braves game against Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Friday night. Photo by Reta Todd
CL/GLR jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, tacked on 21 more in the second, and scored seven points each in the third and fourth frames, with the benches filling the ranks for both teams as the 35-point rule created a continuous clock that made the entire second half go by in a blip.

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.

Three Cherokee Braves swarm Central Lyon/George-Little Rock ball carrier Josh Hunt during football action in Cherokee Friday night. In on the tackle are Lane Peterson (61), Luke Zieman (31), and Derek Bechtel (45). Photo by Reta Todd
"Over all, our team kept working hard. but that was one tough team we played," said first-year coach Travis Schipper. "Our young kids need to keep working on the fundamentals and get better in all areas. We have some injuries to some key players, but Central Lyon/George-Little Rock was just too much for us. They'll battle (#1) Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley for the District title."

The Braves get no respite next week, traveling to Sheldon for a rugged road game against the 2-1 ORABS.

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