OABCIG grinds out win over Braves
Falcon defense shuts out Cherokee, 35-0
The Cherokee Braves simply could not get their offense untracked against a quality Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove team in the home opener here Friday night, dropping a 35-0 non-district football game to the steady Falcons.
After a scoreless first quarter highlighted by solid defense from both teams, OABCIG (2-0) methodically tallied three touchdowns in the second quarter and one more in the third to take a convincing 28-0 lead into the final frame to seal the deal early against the 0-2 Braves.
The Falcons added a fifth TD with about four minutes left in the game to stake out a 35-0 lead and prompt a continuous clock that rapidly brought the game to a close for an energetic Cherokee crowd.
Junior quarterback Cash Wilcke accounted for three Falcon TDs, rushing eight yards and one yard for scores, and also hooking up with receiver Tyler Oberreuter on a six-yard pass to take care of OABCIG's second quarter scoring that handed the Falcons a comfortable 21-0 halftime lead.
The winners then added a solo TD in the third period on a two-yard run by Tanner Hemer, and then iced it with a 15-yard TD scamper by Chris Freese with about four minutes left in the game.
The Braves ground game was shunted by the Falcons throughout, limiting the hosts to just 48 yards on 29 carries. Luke Ziemen led Cherokee on offense with 13 carries for 23 yards, while Mason Meitzenheimer hauled the ball three times for 13 yards.
Meanwhile, OABCIG rushed 39 times for 185 yards with Hemer leading the way with 86 yards on 11 carries and one TD, and Wilcke 81 yards on 17 carries and two TDs. Wilcke also was 16-25 passing for 208 tards and one TD.
For Cherokee, QB Levi Lundquist completee 4-11 passes for 47 yards, and freshman Adam Cedar was 2-7 for 13 yards. Meitzenheimer was the Braves leading receiver, hauling in all six completions this night for 60 yards.
Ziemen was a force on defense for Cherokee, leading the Braves with 13 tackles, followed by Micheal Rosewall 12, and Mitchell West, Derek Bechtel, and Hunter Morrow with five apiece.
Cedar also had a fumble recovery for Cherokee.
The Braves managed just a scant four first downs in the game, while OABCIG tallied 16.
Cherokee was whistled for seven penalties for 46 yards, and the Falcons four times for 20 yards.
"I guess our defense was a bright spot because our offense just didn't get untracked all night," said Cherokee coach Travis Schipper. "Our kids kept battling, but OABCIG is a tough team with some very good skill players that got the job done when they needed it.
"We're playing kids without a lot of varsity experience and that matters against a quality opponent. We'll keep working hard. I can't fault our effort. We just make some costly mistakes at times."
The 0-2 Braves travel to 2-0 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Friday night.