The win earned Sequoyah (7-2, 4-1) the No. 2 seed from Region 7AAAAA (A) and a home game against Pope, the No. 3 seed from the region’s other half. The winner will secure a state playoff berth.
“We’ll get to play at home,” Chiefs coach James Teter said, “and get some momentum going into that game.”
It didn’t take long for Sequoyah to get momentum against Cambridge (3-6, 2-3), thanks to senior quarterback Lex Lauletta. Two games ago, he began playing both ways and was added into the defensive backfield. His interception on the third play of the game was his first as a starting safety.
“They just moved me to defensive back, and I get to play center-field,” said Lauletta, who also broke up two other passes. “I just get to make plays on the ball and it’s great.”
The great play of Sequoyah’s offensive line was on display two plays later. Lauletta raced up the middle for a 54-yard gain to put the ball on the 7-yard line. Jake Garner would cash in from 4 yards out for an early 7-0 lead.
“We’ve relied on (Garner and Lauletta) all year long, and they’ve done a great job, and hopefully it will continue,” Teter said. “(Lauletta) being able to run the ball gives us another person. Instead of three running backs, we’ve got four.”
The four backs used sweeps, misdirections and gaping holes to rush for 275 yards in the first half. That included a 50-yard run by Adam Patterson and a 48-yard trek by Garner behind a convoy of blockers early in the second quarter.
“It was like Moses opening up the Red Sea,” Garner said. “The holes were open, and they do a good job of blocking downfield, so I just have to keep my eyes on the end zone and run hard.”
With all the running, Cambridge started to crowd the line and allowed Lauletta’s only two passes in the first half to go for touchdowns.
He capped off one drive with Nick Falco making a nice catch on a 15-yard pass to the corner of the end zone. Less than 2 minutes later, Lauletta connected with a wide-open Blake Miller for a 43-yard touchdown.
“We were afraid we would have to throw the ball, because they’re really good up front, and we knew they were going to blitz,” Teter said. “We were a little surprised with some of the stuff we got, but we were pretty pleased.”
Cambridge set up its only touchdown with a defensive stand after a good punt pinned Sequoyah deep in its own end.
Bryan Moore found Hunter Smith, who ran tough after the catch, bouncing through tackles to the 3-yard line. J.D. White scored on the following play, but it wouldn’t be long before Sequoyah answered back with its second 48-yard touchdown run of the quarter, this time by Sam Rogers for a 33-11 halftime lead.
“The first half was pretty good,” Teter said. “The second half, we got a little sloppy.”
It’s something they’ll look to fix next week at Skip Pope Stadium.
“I think we’re going to do good,” Garner said. “I think the line is ready and we’re going to bust some holes and run up the score.”