Tahlequah Daily Press

October 17, 2013

Sequoyah steps out of 3A-7 for a week

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com



Things were looking rough for Sequoyah. After a convincing win over Okemah in Week 1, the Indians followed with three straight losses to Beggs, Victory Christian and Locust Grove.

Sequoyah, though, has managed to turns things around in two consecutive weeks. The Indians posted blowout victories over Keys (34-0) and Westville (41-6) and are back in the playoffs hunt in District 3A-7.

This week, the Indians take one final lap around the nondistrict track before closing the season with 3A-7 contests against Jay, Hilldale and Lincoln Christian — two of which are on the road. Sequoyah will welcome Sperry (0-6) to Thompson Field for a 7:30 clash tonight.

Sequoyah head coach Shane Richardson said the key is to avoid a letdown and to stay crisp in all facets of the game.

"We need to stay sharp and keep focus on our goals," said Richardson, whose team is 3-3 overall and 2-1 in 3A-7.

"There are big games to come down the road."

There certainly are.

With that said, does Sequoyah place importance on this week's game or perhaps work on new plays and schemes for further on down the road?

"This week, we need to keep getting better in all phases," Ricahrdson said, "cut down on penalties and keep showing steady improvement and consistency."

One thing that is for sure is that the Indians will keep feeing running back Justin Hooper the ball. Through six games, Hooper has 848 yards and seven touchdowns on 150 carries.

Last week against Westville, Hooper dominated to the tune of 261 yards and a touchdown on 37 rushes.

"Coming into the year, we didn't really plan on giving Justin so many carries," Richardson said. "He has earned it with his play. He has a motor that never stops running, and we feed off of that as an offense."



Sperry at Sequoyah

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Thompson Field.

Radio: KTLQ, AM-1350.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Sperry Pirates.

Coaches: Sequoyah (Shane Richardson); Sperry (Robert Park).

Records: Sequoyah 3-3; Sperry 0-6.

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 3A.

Series record: Sperry leads 2-0.

Last meeting: In 2012, Sequoyah beat Sperry 42-7. However, a postseason ruling reversed the outcome, and Sequoyah had to forfeit the win.

Last week: Sequoyah 41, Westville 6; Berryhill 42, Sperry 0.

News to know: Sequoyah running back Justin Hooper has rushed for 848 yards and seven touchdowns on 150 carries this season. He is averaging 141.3 yards per contest. He had 261 rushing yards against Westville last week. ... Sperry is averaging only eight points per game.

Looking ahead: Sequoyah will venture on the road and play at Jay, while Sperry will be at Metro Christian.