The Chiefs (4-3, 2-1) demonstrated their powerful style of play in the Region 7AAAAA (A) game, accumulating 422 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, the defense’s suffocating play held the Bulldogs (2-5, 2-1) to 200 total yards.
“Our defense played really well,” Sequoyah coach James Teter said. “We have a new defensive coordinator this year, and it’s taken (our players) a while to get used to things, and I think the last few weeks they’ve shown they’re finally understanding the system.”
Blake Ingleton had another big game on offense, accumulating 242 total yards and accounting for three Sequoyah touchdowns.
The Chiefs got the scoring started late in the first quarter, when quarterback Lex Lauletta connected with Stuart Glassic on a 69-yard touchdown reception.
Sequoyah also scored on its next two possessions. An 84-yard drive was capped by Ingleton’s first score, and the Chiefs capitalized on a fumbled kickoff less than a minute later, when Ingleton received a screen and scored from 30 yards out.
The Chiefs’ defense dominated Forsyth Central after its first possession, only allowing one more first down in the opening half, and they held the Bulldogs to 57 first-half yards.
“(Sequoyah) just kind of came out in the first half and hit us in the mouth,” Forsyth Central coach Chris Bennett said. “We adjusted a little bit better in the second half and got some things going, but when you’re playing a good football team you can’t fall behind like that.”
Forsyth Central came out in the second half and put together a 70-yard drive, in which running back Jake Gorczyca rumbled for a 35-yard gain and was taken down with a horse-collar tackle, giving the Bulldogs a first-and-goal from Sequoyah’s 9-yard line. A 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Michael Branigan closed the gap to 21-7.
However, Frank Ibar set the Chiefs up with a 47-yard return on the ensuing kickoff, and Ingleton accounted for the remaining 53 yards, scoring for the third time in the game less than 2 minutes later.
Forsyth Central then went three-and-out, and Glassic put the game out of reach with a 51-yard scamper with 4:43 to go in the third.
Sequoyah set itself up to hold on to the No. 2 seed for the Region 7AAAAA play-in game, while Forsyth Central will move forward with the hopes of avoiding the fourth seed.
“(The win) keeps in the running for the subregion,” Teter said. “As long as we keep winning, we control our own destiny as far as the second seed goes.”