Late TDs boost SL past Braves
STORM LAKE - The Storm Lake Tornadoes tallied two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break open a hard-fought game and claim a 27-12 season-opening victory over the Cherokee Braves here Friday night.
The Braves scored lone touchdowns in the second and fourth periods, both on one-yard runs by Adam Cedar and Luke Ziemen.
Storm Lake's two fourth-quarter scores were long ones, with Eric Broych running 62 yards and 50 yards for TDs. Chas Lange tallied the Tornadoes first TD on a one-yard run, and Kuony Deng scored the second on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Mitch Martin.
Ziemen paced the Braves running effort with 20 carries for 68 yards, while Cedar had 14 hauls for 69 yards, and Mason Meitzenheimer seven carries for 14 yards. The Braves rushed 46 times for 158 yards.
Broych led Storm Lake's rushing game with six carries for 144 yards, followed by Lange with five totes for 41 yards. The winners rushed 27 times for 242 yards in the game.
In the passing department for Cherokee, Cedar was 5-11 for 53 yards and four interceptions, and Levi Lundquist was 0-2. Martin completed 11-19 passes for 96 yards.
Meitzenheimer led Cherokee receivers with two receptions for 24 yards, and Lundquist caught two passes for 22 yards, and Kevin Fajardo one for seven yards.
On defense for the Braves, Michael Rosewall recovered two fumbles and Cedar had one pick. Ziemen led in tackles with 10, followed by Derek Bechtel nine, Lundquist seven, Meitzenheimer four, Hunter Eaton four, and Hunter Morrow and Connor Voge three solos apiece.
"We were happy with our kids' attitude and effort," said Cherokee coach Travis Schipper. "We showed our inexperience in week 1 with a lot of kids getting their first significant varsity experience. We definitely saw some good things, our line wore down their line and was starting to open some pretty good holes. "We will have to clean up some of those mistakes and get ready to go against a very good OA-BCIG team this week."
The 0-1 Braves host 1-0 OABCIG Friday night on the new field turf, sodded just one month ago at George Hicks Field.