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GAME 5 PREVIEW > Sequoyah Chiefs

By, with Chris Byess, Zac Diodati, Mackenzie Leaich, Matt Nascone contributing, 09/23/12, 1:00AM EDT


Homecoming game concludes InterSubRegion (Crossover) play

47th Current GHSA-AAAAA Rank (of 75) 49th
6.4 2012 Schedule Strength (higher=harder) 19.7
3 Games (Regular Season only) 4
1-2-0 Wins-Losses-Ties 1-3-0
27.7 Points Scored/game 18.0
24.0 Points Allowed/game 28.8
~9.0 Penalties/game 7.0
______________________ ________ O F F E N S E ________ ______________________
~445.0 Total Offense yards/game ~275.0
~335.0 Rushing Offense yards/game ~245.0
2.3 Rushing TDs/game 2.0
~110.0 Passing Offense yards/game ~030.0
1.0 Passing TDs/game 0.3
_____________________ ________ D E F E N S E ________ _____________________
~300.0 Total Defense yards allowed/game ~325.0
~200.0 Rushing Defense yards allowed/game ~225.0
~3.0 Rushing TDs allowed/game 2.5
~100.0 Passing Defense yards allowed/game ~100.0
~0.5 Passing TDs allowed/game 1.3
______________________ ________ K I C K I N G ________ ______________________
37.4 Punting Average 38.4
7/8 PATs Made/Attempted 8/8
none attempted Long FG 46 yards
_____________________ _____ P L A Y M A K E R S _____ _____________________
#14-QB-L.Lauletta PASSERS/RUNNERS #8-QB-Sh.Young
#2-RB-B.Ingleton RUNNERS #10-RB-R.Myricks
#28-RB-S.Glassic #42-RB-C.Cooper
#8-WR-F.Ibar RECEIVERS #3-WR-M.Wallace
#23-TE-N.Falco #2-WR-W.Dorcin
#26-LB-C.Henkle DEFENDERS #32-LB-A.Johnson
#52-DL-C.Dozier #23-DB-S.Page
#12-PK-J.Harris KICKERS #28-PK/P-R.Blankenship

Sequoyah Chiefs Head Coach James Teter... RB #2 Blake Ingleton ... RB/KR #3 Dustin Dawson (photos by Cherokee Tribune, 2012).

GAME 4 > Riverwood @ Sequoyah

Time Runs Out for Chiefs Against Raiders
by Matt Nascone
Cherokee Tribune Sports Correspondent

September 23, 2012 01:02 AM

CANTON — Confusion in the waning seconds of a 20-14 loss to Riverwood cost Sequoyah a chance at its second win of the season.

The Chiefs (1-2) trailed 20-7 at halftime, but with 50 seconds to go in the game, they were closing in on victory.

After gaining 11 yards on the next two plays, it looked as if Sequoyah had a first down at Riverwood’s 6-yard line, but the clock kept running and, two plays later, the result was a turnover on downs.

Sequoyah coach James Teter made no excuses for the loss.

“You can’t spot a good team like that 20 points,” he said. “They scored 20 points on some big plays, and our offense could not get it going.”

Sequoyah scored the opening points of the game on a 1-yard touchdown run from Blake Ingleton on the opening drive of the game. Riverwood (4-0) stormed back and scored the next 20 points for the 20-7 halftime lead.

The Chiefs allowed 254 total offensive yards and seven first downs in the first half. Sequoyah managed only 157 yards of total offense in the first half.

“I told the kids at halftime that we were not losing because of our defense,” Teter said. “The defense was making plays, but the offense was not executing.”

Riverwood didn’t get a first down in the second half until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter and managed a mere 57 yards of offense.

Teter said he was proud of how his defense stepped in the second half after getting gashed for a big play near the end of the first half. Riverwood running back Tyler Blake took an option pitch 89 yards for a touchdown with 3:08 remaining in the first half.

That score was the last time Riverwood got close to the end zone, but, in a sloppy third quarter, Sequoyah fumbled away a few positive drives. The Chiefs fumbled three times in the second half, losing possession twice.

“We turned the ball over way too many times in that third quarter,” Teter said. “If we could have scored a touchdown on one of those drives, we could have been leading 21-20 late in the game.”

After the teams combined for three lost fumbles in three straight possessions, Ingleton cut the Riverwood lead to 20-14 with a 7-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Read more: Cherokee Tribune - Time runs out for Chiefs


WEEK 3 > Sequoyah (Bye)


WEEK 2 > Sequoyah @ Cherokee

Warriors win return game of old rivalry, hand new coach Shaw his first victory
by Zac Diodati
Cherokee Tribune Sports Writer
September 08, 2012 02:07 AM

CANTON — After a two-year hiatus, one of the county’s long-standing rivalries was back in action Friday night, with Sequoyah and Cherokee battling at Tommy Baker Field.

This edition proved to be a thriller, with Cherokee dominating the fourth quarter and taking a 38-28 victory over visiting Sequoyah.

Cherokee quarterback Spencer Ashley connected with receiver Armony Parker on the right side of the field for a 40 yard touchdown that proved to be the decisive play in the contest. Parker broke multiple tackles and fought to stay in bounds on the play, which gave Cherokee (1-10) a 31-28 lead with 8:34 remaining in the game.

“I had to get to the end zone,” Parker said. “I just kept moving. I wanted the end zone so bad.”

Parker led the Warriors with four catches for 64 yards. Ashley finished the game completing 13 of 21 passes for 177 yards.

The game certainly started in Cherokee’s favor, when junior Treyvon Simmons took the opening kickoff 75 yards to the end zone, putting the Warriors up 7-0 just 11 seconds into the first quarter. Simmons left the game late in the first half with what an apparent ankle injury.

Sequoyah (1-1) answered later in the quarter, when quarterback Lex Lauletta found Nick Falco wide-open in the back of the end zone for a 19-yard scoring pass, leveling the game at 7-all with just over 6 minutes left in the first period.

Tailback Blake Ingleton, coming off a 297-yard performance at River Ridge, picked up where he left off last week, gaining 128 yards in the first half, including a 5-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 14 midway through the second quarter.

Ingleton, who finished with 207 yards on 24 carries, also scored on a 73-yard reception later in the first half.

Cherokee’s Cesar Mijangos connected on a 20-yard field goal to close the first half, putting the Warriors up 24-21 heading into the locker room.

Sequoyah took its first lead of the game on a 10-yard run by Ingleton, but Cherokee’s defense would tighten its grip on the game in the fourth quarter. Lauletta was intercepted twice by Blace Brown and once by Brady Sandercock to seal the victory for Cherokee.

“We can’t make mistakes late in a game by committing turnovers and throwing interceptions,” Sequoyah coach James Teter said. “That’s what happened. We missed opportunities in the second half. We had a chance to go up by two scores in the third quarter, and we turned the ball over.

“Thankfully, we have two weeks to prepare for our next game, and we need to learn from these mistakes.”

After Parker’s acrobatic run-after-catch in the fourth quarter, Cherokee’s Hunter Wingfield put the icing on the cake with a 50-yard touchdown run with just over 5 minutes remaining.

“We put forth a lot of effort in strength and conditioning during this summer,” said Cherokee coach Josh Shaw, who earned the first victory of is head-coaching career after previously working as the lead assistant at Etowah. “We executed and we outlasted our opponent.”

Friday’s win was just the seventh for Cherokee in 19 meeting with its cross-county rival.

“Any time you win a rivalry game like this, it’s great for the community” Shaw said.

WEEK 2 > Sequoyah @ Cherokee Game Recap

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By Mackenzie Leaich

Friday's game had some big tackles and unfortunate penalties against the Chiefs. That said, the team still managed to do their best 'til the end.

We opened up the game kicking off to Cherokee, the first Cherokee county high school rivalry facing off again, in which they immediately ran the ball in for a touchdown. However discouraging this may have been for the boys, they refused to let it get to them.

Nick Falco, #23, answered with a beautifully completed touchdown pass with 6:09 left in the first quarter. Despite our hard work, though, Cherokee managed to pull off another touchdown, making the score 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Blake Ingleton, #2, managed two touchdowns amidst another touchdown and a field goal from Cherokee.

One of the runs by Blake was a proud 60 yard run, which had the student section in an uproar. As halftime rolls around, we're only down by three, with the scoreboard showing 21-24. The Chiefs entered the third quarter with a passion and fierceness even greater than they had gone into the game with.

With 7:17 left in the third quarter, Blake scores yet another touchdown, bringing us into the lead, 28-24. Following this, Tito Terrientes, #48, sacks Cherokee's quarterback on their fourth down, returning the ball to the Sequoyah. Colin Dozier, #52, and Jake Garner, #21, followed in Tito's footsteps, sacking Cherokee's quarterback two more times before the end of the quarter.

In addition to that, Dozier and Daniel McKune, #67, sacked the quarterback again at the beginning of the fourth quarter. with 10:35 left in the fourth, Desmond Austin, #20, prevents Cherokee from scoring another touchdown on the one- yard line. Despite our efforts, however, the Warriors managed another touchdown with 8:35 left in the game, bringing the score to 28-31.

Dustin Dawson, #3, made an impressive 60 yard run on punt return. However, we came up empty- handed in terms of a touchdown. With 5:05 left in the game, Cherokee scores again, making the final score 28-38. It was a disappointing end to an edgy game, but the Chiefs hold their heads high, knowing that the 21st will open up a new window of opportunity to win again. 

This is a bye week for the Chiefs so we hope to see all our fans at the home opener against Riverwood on September 21.

MAP > Jim Frazier Stadium,
Sprayberry High School,
Marietta, GA, 30066


Sequoyah Chiefs QB #14 Lex Lauletta (photo by Cherokee Tribune, 2012).

WEEK 4 > Riverwood @ Sequoyah (Preview)

Sequoyah readies for battle from Riverwood
by Chris Byess
September 20, 2012 12:59 AM

After coming off its bye week, Sequoyah will get back in action Friday night when it hosts undefeated Riverwood in a Region 7AAAAA crossover game at Skip Pope Stadium.

While some may consider having a week off to be a benefit for the team, Chiefs coach James Teter doesn’t quite see it that way, and he believes that bye week can hurt a team just as much as it can help.

“While the open week is good to get some of the kids rested and healthy, it takes you out of your rhythm,” Teter said. “For the most part, I would rather have just kept playing and not had a week off.”

Teter went on to say that having an extra week off did have some benefits, such as giving his team more time to prepare for a Riverwood defense that blitzes on almost every play.

“They’re going to be blitzing us every down, so we’ve be doing that in practice quite a bit with our scout team,” Teter said of the 3-0 Raiders. “We just want to get the kids familiar with what they are going to face — get them to understand that they don’t need to panic.”

With the exception of emphasizing practicing against the blitz, Teter said that Sequoyah (1-1) hadn’t changed much since its loss to Cherokee two weeks ago.

“I thought we played well against Cherokee,” Teter said. “We didn’t really have any glaring weaknesses. We’ve just made sure to work on the same things that we’ve been working on the entire year, and that’s fundamentals, blocking and tackling.”

The Chiefs will have to make sure to complete their tackles Friday night of they want to slow down a Riverwood offense that has averaged over 43 points per game so far this season.

To do that, Teter feels Sequoyah’s defensive line will have to slow down the Raiders’ option attack, which Teter compared to Georgia Tech’s.

“If you watch Riverwood, you’ll see that they are just like the Yellow Jackets,” Teter said. “They run the triple option, and they are very good at it.”

Teter said that to find success against the Raiders’ option, the Chiefs’ defense will have to play smart and not be fooled into leaving their positions on the field.

“The most important thing that you can do when facing the option is to remain disciplined,” Teter said. “You have to be able to read your keys correctly. Otherwise, you’ll leave gaps in the defense, and they will take advantage of it.”

Teter also saw some similar qualities between Riverwood’s option attack and Sequoyah’s Wing-T.

“It’s going to be a lot like playing against ourselves (Friday),” he said.

Despite the tall order in front of him, Teter insisted the Chiefs will operate out of the same formations they have been running all season long.

“We’re going to go out and do what we always do,” Teter said. “Hopefully, we will get the result.”


WEEK 1 > Sequoyah @ River Ridge Game Recap

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By Mackenzie Leaich

The Chiefs’ varsity football team opened up their 2012 football season with a game against one of their rival schools, the River Ridge Knights.

This was the first face- off between the two, so the tension was high and excitement was pulsing. Since the first day of school, talk of the American- themed game was circulating, building suspense for the big day. Arriving at the game was thrilling. Walking into the stadium, our student section radiated red, white and blue. Cheerleaders sported American flag bows, students decorated shirts, shorts, and their faces, and during the national anthem, an enormous hand- made American flag was held up as every voice raised in unison to sing the Star Spangled Banner. Sequoyah’s student section abounded with not only “Chief Nation” pride, but also with American pride.

The game got off to a great start. The stands shook beneath our feet, excitement exploding as J.F. Harris, #12, kicked off to the Knights. Throughout the first quarter, the student section rocked numerous chants and cheers, but nothing compared to the ballistic screaming we encountered as Blake Ingleton, #2, scored the first touchdown of the night. The Chiefs went wild, celebrating the 57 yard run completed as a team effort.

Throughout the first quarter, the Knights were denied the satisfaction of an opening touchdown, which kept Sequoyah in high spirits. In the second quarter, Jake Garner, #21, scored a 3 yard touchdown, making the score 14-0. Ingleton followed with a 6 yard touchdown. However, just before halftime, River Ridge managed to score a touchdown to make the score 21-7.

Halftime was suspenseful. It seemed like hours had gone by waiting for the next big scene on the field. But it wasn’t long before the student section was on its feet cheering for Frank Ibar, #8, who scored a 45 yard touchdown halfway through the third quarter. We’re winning 34-7 at the beginning of the fourth.

River Ridge picks up another touchdown, but at this point the Chiefs are so far ahead that the 7 extra points didn’t affect the spirit of the fans. It looks to me like this is the beginning of the end of the Chiefs’ first game of the 2012 football season. Blake Ingleton picks up a 67 yard run after Daniel Mckune, #67, stops River Ridge from making another touchdown. With 6:00 left in the game, Blake scores yet another touchdown, making the score a lofty 41-7. The game ended with the Chiefs on the winning end of a 41-14 game. I have never seen the student section in such an uproar. This was a game to remember, and a great way to start off the season.