Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

October 8, 2012

Helsley, Woodruff key demolition of Westville

It wasn’t quite the 1,000 yards that his head coach predicted, but it wasn’t bad, either.

With leading rusher Kyle Helsley sidelined due to turf toe, Karter Woodruff answered the bell, racking up 100 yards of total offense and two scores on just four touches, as Class 3A No. 8 Sequoyah rolled to a 47-13 victory over the visiting Westville Yellowjackets on homecoming night at Thompson Field.

The Indians’ starters were on the field for less than 20 minutes, sprinting out to a 47-0 advantage near the midway point of the second quarter. That didn’t stop Woodruff & Co. from compiling an impressive stat sheet.

Quarterback Brayden Scott completed 13 of 23 passes for 184 yards and five touchdowns, pushing his school career record to 78. Meanwhile, Sequoyah tallied 342 total yards on just 35 plays prior to intermission.

“You’ve got to take what the defense gives you,” Sequoyah head coach Brent Scott said. “We always had a short field, so we didn’t get a lot of statistical yards, but we don’t go into a game trying to build statistics for any player. Cub (Brayden Scott) got some great catches that guys went up and got, executed the play, the result is we get some touchdowns.”

Ryan Helsley got the scoring barrage started, hauling in a 14–yard touchdown toss from Scott on the game’s opening drive. Forrest Cully added the point after, and SHS led 7-0.

On the following drive, it was Woodruff’s turn, first on a 78-yard scamper down to the Westville 2, and capping the drive on the following play with a 2-yard plunge for the score. Cully’s point after pushed the advantage to 14-0.

“Those are pretty good stats for him,” said Scott. “We’re going to give him a hard time for getting caught on the one. But he has a big burst. We knew he’d have a big night.”

A roughing the kicker penalty extended the ensuing possession for the Yellowjackets, resulting in the visitor’s longest drive of the evening — an 8-play, 12-yard series that ended with a Grant Neugin sack, and a turnover on downs.

After trading possessions, the Indians struck again with another Scott-to-Helsley pitch and catch. Scott rolled right, avoiding traffic, before finding Helsley with a rain-maker near the left corner of the end zone.

“I saw Cub was in trouble, but I didn’t know if he was going to throw it to me or not,” Helsley said. “So I saw it and I thought, ‘Here’s a chance for me to make a play, so I went up and I was like, is it ever going to come down?’”

Eventually, it did, and “Quick Trip” hauled it in to give Sequoyah a 20-0 lead.

“He’s always going to have great catches,” said Scott. “He’s a good football player. We could talk about that guy forever. He always makes plays. He’s fun to coach.”

Tyler Chaffin’s second interception in as many weeks set SHS up deep in Westville territory. Two plays later, Woodruff found the end zone again, this time on a 21-yard screen pass. Cully’s kick failed, leaving the margin at 26-0.

A fumble recovery by Dylan Poe on the following play from scrimmage, allowed the Indians’ offense to start its next drive in the red zone. Two plays later, Scott found the homecoming king, Niko Hammer, from 19 yards out, Cully added the point after, and Sequoyah led 33-0.

Hammer set up Sequoyah’s following drive with an 18-yard punt return to the Westville 22. Then he capped it two plays later with an 11-yard touchdown reception from Scott – the Memphis-commit’s fifth and final scoring strike of the contest.

A 40-yard interception return for a score by Kyle Helsley on the ensuing Jackets possession served as Westville quarterback Justin Self’s longest completion of the evening. Unfortunately for Self and the Yellow Jackets, Helsley was still wearing maroon.

“It was man coverage and we had a blitz on, and I saw he was running a slant so I just jumped it and got in front of the route.”

When the smoke cleared on the lopsided affair, Scott’s bench was clear.

“We got everybody who suited up into the game,” he said. “I wish we could’ve executed better, but they played hard, you could tell that they’re a vital part of program. They can go in and play.”

With the victory, the Indians improved to 5-1, 2-0 in league play. Next week, Sequoyah travels to Sperry for another Class 3A-7 tilt.

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