Sequoyah feeling good about its destiny
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Whether quarterback Lex Lauletta, above, keeps the ball, or hands it off to one of his many running backs, it gives Sequoyah no lack for options in its ground game.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Whether quarterback Lex Lauletta, above, keeps the ball, or hands it off to one of his many running backs, it gives Sequoyah no lack for options in its ground game.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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CANTON — It’s a good feeling to be in control, so Sequoyah football coach James Teter and his players must be feeling pretty good about now.

The Chiefs (6-2, 3-1) control their own destiny in Region 7AAAAA (A) going into Friday’s game at Cambridge (3-5, 2-2). With a win, Sequoyah will earn the No. 2 seed in the subregion and match up with the No. 3 team from the other half of the region. If things don’t go their way, the Chiefs could find themselves in fourth place and playing undefeated Kell next week for a spot in the state playoffs.

“We just talked to our kids about taking care of our own,” Teter said. “If we take care of business and keep doing what we are doing, then things will work out on their own. As long as we do what we are supposed to do and take care of our own business, we will be OK. It’s just (Cambridge) is pretty good.”

Thus far, several things have gone well for Sequoyah, starting with its running game.

At the beginning of the season, Teter said he was going to operate the Chiefs’ ground attack by committee, and he has stuck to that. While Jake Garner (130 carries for 962 yards and seven touchdowns) has emerged as the dominant running back, there are six other players on the team with at least 100 rushing yards on the season.

The committee includes Adam Patterson (20 carries, 249 yards, four touchdowns), Blake Miller (35 carries, 224 yards, four touchdowns), Sam Rogers (29 carries, 161 yards, one touchdown) and D.J. Austin (44 carries, 171 yards, two touchdowns).

Teter sees the depth in the backfield as the Chiefs’ greatest asset.

“I think it’s hard for people to key in on one person other than Garner,” Teter said. “The other kids do different things that help us, and we have done a good job of playing all of them. They can’t say so-and-so is in, so they are going to do this.

“I think it has also helped us from a defensive standpoint because it keeps people in the secondary fresh.”

Quarterback Lex Lauletta has also emerged as a threat on the ground. He is second only to Garner in rushing yards with 625 yards, in addition to a team-leading eight touchdowns on 85 carries. As for passing, Lauletta is 42-for-79 for 506 yards and six touchdowns.

In many ways, Lauletta functions as another running back.

“Opposing defensive coordinators have to prepare for that,” Teter said. “They can’t just prepare for the regular running backs. They have to prepare for him also and know that he can hurt you if he gets out on the edge.

“Everybody knows we run the ball and we don’t throw a lot. I think it helps us to have all those threats.”

For now, Teter is pleased to see that his players quickly bounced back from their loss to Creekview, having risen to second place in the subregion.

“We got over it and moved on,” Teter said. “Now, we are just taking each game as it comes.”
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