Seymour falls to Cherokee in finale
After a scoreless first quarter, Cherokee High running back Teagan Trent raced 69 yards for a touchdown, and the visiting Chiefs found the end zone twice more in the half on the way to an eventual 33-8, District 2-AAA victory over Seymour on Senior Night night at Householder Field.
The loss closed out the Eagles’ season at 2-8 overall, 1-6 in the conference, and completed the high school careers of 21 seniors.
“Several of the seniors were first-year players but several of them have been with us all four years,” Seymour coach Jim Moore said.
“There are some talented kids and we’re going to be sad to see them go.”
The Eagle defense hung tough early, but the offense couldn’t capitalize on several opportunities because of multiple penalties that negated big gains or returns.
One of the biggest setbacks was when Seymour appeared to have broken the 0-0 stalemate with a few minutes left in the opening period. That’s when quarterback Nick Sexton found Larry Kennedy on a 47-yard touchdown pass, but the play was called back as the result of an illegal block.
As the second quarter opened, the Chiefs (5-5, 4-3) managed to spring Trent for the long TD to make it 7-0, gaining valuable momentum. Trent added a second score from 2 yards out on the next possession to make it 14-0 with eight minutes left in the half.
Seymour had a chance to answer, driving 40 yards to the Chiefs’ 9, but a fumble surrendered possession to Cherokee and a long return of the turnover put the ball at the Eagle 49.
Three plays later, Chiefs back Evan McCracken broke through for a 29-yard ramble to the end zone, leaving the Eagles staring at a 21-0 halftime deficit.
“Penalties,” Moore said of the difference in the first and second quarters. “We had the touchdown called back and it seemed like every big play we had, we did something to bring it back.
“We’re in the ballgame but the penalties killed us and then we’re down 21. We’re our own worst enemy. Then they got the momentum and it’s things where we make mistakes and they capitalize.”
The Eagles didn’t fare much better in the second half. They stopped the opening drive by Cherokee but then turned the ball over on a bad snap. The Chiefs promptly converted again on an 8-yard run to go up 27-0.
An interception stopped Seymour’s next attempt to put points on the board, and Cherokee began a drive at its own 48, completing it with a 7-yard run by quarterback Jacob Watson in the fourth quarter for a 33-0 lead.
In all, the Chiefs rushed for 342 yards in the contest.
Seymour missed a field goal from 37 yards out but managed to avoid the shutout with 1:46 left in the contest when Tanner Sise found a hole and cut back for a 56-yard touchdown run. A two-point conversion engineered by backup quarterback Brandon Gann completed the scoring on the night.