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September 27, 2013

Sequoyah hosts Pirates in 3A-7 opener

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Sequoyah’s defense showed what it’s capable of by issuing only 13 points against Okemah in Week 1. Since then, it’s been quite the opposite.

Sequoyah watched as Beggs rattled off 47 points in Week 2, and Victory Christian followed by roughing up the Indians for 62 last week.

Giving up 54.5 points per game in the last two weeks sent Sequoyah back to the drawing board.

“Our philosophy this week has been to get back to fundamentals,” Sequoyah head coach Shane Richardson said. “We’ve had a lot of breakdowns in the last two weeks, and those have been the lack of fundamental breakdowns.”

Victory Christian coasted to a 62-24 rout of Sequoyah in Tulsa last week, and the Conquerors did it on the back of Jalen Wood, who rushed for 243 yards and six touchdowns on 22 carries.

Richardson believes his club is up to the challenge of performing better on defense when the Indians host Locust Grove tonight at Thompson Field at 7:30.

“Schemes and X’s and O’s can only take you so far,” Richardson said. “We’ve really focused hard on making some adjustments and making sure we’re drilling those fundamentals into the kids real hard.

“We’re capable of doing those things; we just have to go out and do it.”

It could be tough, though, Richardson said. Against a Locust Grove (3-0), the Indians will be handed the chore of shutting down Pirate quarterback Mason Fine.

“Fine is their guy on offense,” Richardson said of the 6-foot, 153-pound sophomore signal caller. “Their offense revolves around their quarterback, and he’s put up big numbers this year. He reminds me a lot of the Calhoon kid at Victory Christian.”

Richardson, of course, is referring to Keats Calhoon, who has passed for 610 yards in two seasons against Sequoyah.

“He’ll be tough to stop,” Richardson said.

Sequoyah enters the game 1-2, but like all other teams, it’s the 0-0 in district play that matters now.

“The season starts over this week with district games starting,” Richardson said. “You start competing for a playoff spot, and we believe we have a good chance of making a playoff spot.

“This is a big game in district play, but every game in district play is big.”

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