South-Doyle's ground game too much for Seymour
South-Doyle rushed for more than 500 yards against a banged-up Seymour squadon Friday night to secure a 34-14 homecoming victory.
The Cherokees (4-2, 3-0 District 2-AAA) were led by running back Jocquez Bruce. The junior carried 16 times for 196 yards and scored once each half in the victory.
Bruce wasn’t the only back that the Eagles (2-4, 1-2) had to worry about, however. Quarterback Brody Rollins ran for a 56-yard TD, and Malik Lundy had a 58-yard scoring sprint, both in the second half, as the Cherokees put pressure on Seymour’s perimeter defense all night.
“Brody is a good runner, but our kids are looking so much in the backfield running with the jet and Brody rides that thing so well inside and all of a sudden you’ve got five blocking four and he’s just gapping it,” Seymour coach Jim Moore said.
“He did that on that first series and then we cut them down some. But our kids played hard. It’s tough to lose one like that.”
But Moore appeared to be more disappointed with costly errors that resulted in missed opportunities by his offense than with Seymour’s defensive effort.
“That’s the way it’s been all year, we make a mistake or have a penalty or a dropped ball and we leave points on the field and we can’t do that,” Moore said, adding that the Eagles have been plagued with injuries this season.
In a contest stalled frequently by penalties, both teams struggled to gather momentum in the first half, which ended with South-Doyle up, 7-0, on a 7-yard dash by Bruce in the opening quarter.
As the second half opened, the promise of a low-scoring contest continued. South-Doyle’s Bruce scored again on a 5-yard run to make it 14-0, but two S-D touchdowns were called back on penalties, and the Eagles continued to hold off their quicker opponents until the final period.
That’s when the Cherokees scored twice in the first few minutes to take a 28-0 advantage.
Seymour found an answer in its passing attack led by quarterback Nick Sexton, who set up his own 20-yard touchdown run with throws of 22 yards to Luke Sharpe and 33 yards to Braxton Dockery.
South-Doyle wasn’t done just yet, however, and Jacob Jones scored from four yards out to make it 34-7.
The Eagles still refused to fold, and Sexton marched them 52 yards for a TD, including a 37-yard scoring strike to Sharpe.