Tahlequah Daily Press

September 20, 2013

Sequoyah to square off with Victory Christian

Area football notebook

Sports Editor

— Sequoyah was well on its to an easy victory against Victory Christian last season. The Indians led 34-14 at one point and were well on their way to a 3-0 start.

Then Victory Christian’s offense sprung to life. The Conquerors scored 21 unanswered points and escaped Thompson Field with a 35-34 triumph.

Fast forward to this year and the two teams will square off tonight in Tulsa. But the Indians aren’t necessarily thinking revenge.

“It’s not really that way to us,” Sequoyah head coach Shane Richardson said. “We don’t really talk about it in that way.”

Keats Calhoon piled up an inordinate amount of passing yards last year against Sequoyah, amassing 433 yards on 20 of 36 attempts. He also passed for four touchdowns.

But, again, that’s neither here nor there to the Indians.

“We remember last season’s game,” Richardson said, “but we’re trying to leave last season in last season.”

Calhoon will once again be at the controls for the Conquerors, who have started the year 2-0.

“Victory’s quarterback is as good of a quarterback we’ll face this year,” Richardson said. “...In order for us to be successful on defense, we have to keep him off balance and put some pressure on him.”

The Indians are sporting a 1-1 mark after a 47-33 loss to Beggs last week. In defeat, Sequoyah turned the ball over four times.

“Nobody likes to lose, but that’s the way it went down,” Richardson said. “We have to move on. Our goals, for what we want to accomplish this season, were not affected by the Beggs game.”

Sequoyah will venture into District 3A-7 after playing Victory Christian.

Riders still looking to improve

Hulbert narrowly missed beating Warner last week, losing by a final of 20-19. Levi Carson led Hulbert with 169 yards and a touchdown on 16 rushes.

The Riders will take on Class A No. 3 Kiefer tonight in a game where Hulbert is still looking for its identity.

“We’re still trying to figure out a few things of what we can and can’t do,” Hulbert head coach Gary Riley said. “It’s just the personnel we have.”

Hulbert will take on Kiefer without its season-opening quarterback Brandon Thompson, who suffered a knee injury against Savanna in the preseason.

“We’re going to sit him out this week,” Riley said. “Hopefully he’s feeling better by opening district week.”

The Riders will open 2A-8 play next week against Colcord.