By JIM TRICKETT
It was a night that the Sequoyah special teams came to the rescue in the first half as the Indians capitalized on a fumbled punt for the first touchdown and an 81-yard run by punter Nick Kingfisher after a bobbled snap to help lift the Sequoyah Indians to a 28-7, non-district victory over the winless Sperry Pirates Thursday night at Thompson Field.
Sequoyah got their first break of the game on the second play of the second quarter when Kingfisher punted the ball to Sperry’s Tommy Murphy, but the Pirate return specialist fumbled the football and William Tiger recovered at the Pirate 17.
On the next play, Cody Hooper raced the 17 yards into the end zone to give the Indians a 7-0 lead with 11:33 left to go before halftime after the point-after by Everett Farris.
Hooper killed a Pirate drive as he intercepted a Jagger Park pass and slipped on the muddy Thompson Field turf at the Indian 5, but the offense could only muster on first down and was forced to punt. But it proved to set up the Indians’ next touchdown as Kingfisher mishandled the snap, but the senior punter would scoop the ball up and race down the right side for an 81-yard touchdown run. The run was the longest run from scrimmage all season and after Farris kicked the extra point, the Indians led 14-0 with 5:52 remaining before halftime.
After being stopped on downs, the Pirates would set up their lone touchdown of the night as Murphy intercepted a Zach Parrish pass and returned it to the Indian22.
It would take six plays before Park would go around the right side of the offensive line for the Pirates lone score of the night with 19 seconds left in the first half to cap off the six-play, 22-yard scoring drive. Jose Garcia added the extra point to trim the lead to 14-7 going into halftime.
Late in the third quarter, the Indians started at their own 39 and got a 22-yard run from Justin Hooper and after a one-yard loss, Parrish would connect with Caisen Green on a 40-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 21-7 with 2:59 remaining in the third quarter.
The twosome would cap off the scoring with 3:15 left in the contest on a seven-yard touchdown reception to give the Indians their fourth win of the season and their third straight victory after suffering a three-game losing skid earlier in the season.
Green led the Indians in offense with 94 yards receiving on four receptions, while Justin Hooper was held to 64 yards on 16 carries on the night. Parrish was 7 of 21 passing for 123 yards, but was intercepted three times – the most in a game this season.
The Indians return to District 3A-7 action next Friday night as they travel to Jay B. Earp Stadium in Jay to take on the Bulldogs. Game time is set for 7: 30 p.m. Sequoyah returns home on Nov. 1 for the final game of the home season when they host the Hilldale Hornets on Senior Night at Thompson Field.