Meanwhile, Etowah’s plan relied heavily on the arm of quarterback Robbie Knox and legs of running back Raishod Devezin.
Both teams executed their plans well, but Etowah was a bit more effective, and that was clear by the 34-10 score at the end of the game.
Devezin did was he was supposed to do, carrying the ball 16 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Knox did his part, too, going 6-for-13 passing for 148 yards and a touchdown before giving way to freshman Patrick Fuller late in the fourth quarter.
Sequoyah (0-1) performed as scripted, according to coach James Teter. The goal was for the Chiefs to limit how often Etowah (2-0) had the ball by running down the clock.
Sequoyah, which received the opening kickoff, maintained possession for the first 10 minutes of the game, but it failed to come away with points as the drive stalled on the 1-yard line.
“We got down there three, four times and couldn’t get in,” Teter said. “Who knows, if we got in one of those times, what a difference it might have made in how everything was played.”
Etowah took the opportunity and drove 99 yards down the field. The drive, which contained a few bursts from Devezin, was largely fueled by a 58-yard pass from Knox to Stanlee Logue.
Sequoyah was forced to punt on its second possession, and Etowah used the short field for another second-quarter touchdown on a drive was capped by a 36-yard pass from Knox to Bronson Rechsteiner. The point-after failed, but Etowah still led 13-0 with 8:25 to play in the half.
Sequoyah was able to kick an 18-yard field goal before the half, after another drive stalled inside the 5.
In the third quarter, Etowah saw its offense sputter near the goal line.
On first-and-goal from the Sequoyah 4, Devezin got the ball and was halted at the line. Rather than continue to force something that wasn’t there, Etowah coach Dave Svehla pulled a new play out of his book. The ball went to offensive lineman Scott Morgan, who stepped over the line of scrimmage for a 4-yard touchdown.
It was the first touchdown of the Georgia Tech commitment’s career.
“I had never run the ball before since I first started playing football,” Morgan said. “It felt a little bit weird, but when I crossed into the end zone with the ball, it felt good.”
Morgan said the team had practiced the play only a few times. Svehla said he was glad Morgan knew what to do with the ball once it was in the end zone.
“I was pleased that he had a place to run, and I was pleased that he was nimble,” Svehla said. “And I was pleased that, when he got into the end zone, he knew that he was supposed to hand the ball to the official. I thought he might take it over to the sidelines with him as a souvenir.”
Svehla said the play was about getting the ball into the hole quicker, and not a matter of handing it to the biggest guy on the field.
Three minutes into the fourth, Etowah scored on a 6-yard run by Devezin. The teams traded possessions with an interception and a fumble before the Eagles got the ball back.
Ferris entered for Knox and managed the game well, but it was his 35-yard touchdown run that made a statement and gave Etowah the 34-3 lead.
With 1:50 on the clock, Sequoyah went back to work. The Chiefs scored their only touchdown of the night when Cameron Gales ran the ball in from 12 yards out with 19 seconds left.
Sequoyah quarterback Austin Tracy was 11-for-17 passing for 129 yards. He completed his first five attempts on the night.
Adam Patterson led the Chiefs with two catches for 47 yards. Trey Mitchell led in rushing with 57 yards on 15 carries, as six different players carried the ball during the game.
“That’s going to be us,” Teter said. “We have a host of people we can put in there. We just have to be able to get it in the end zone.”