Fullback Jake Garner added 162 yards rushing on 22 carries for the Chiefs, who never trailed in the Region 7AAAAA (A) game.
“Northview is a really good football team with a scary, scary offense,” Sequoyah coach Jim Teter
said. “But we played really well (Friday) against them. We got up a little bit early, and our defense did a great job of holding them in check.”
Sequoyah (6-2, 3-1) ran out to a 17-0 first-half lead by scoring on three of its first four possessions.
Garner’s 70-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening play gave the Chiefs a one-score lead, James Harris connected on a 24-yard field goal to put the Chiefs up 10-0 and Lauletta found a wide-open Derrion Rakestraw for a 66 yard score to extended the margin to 17 points with 4 minutes to
play in the second quarter.
Northview (4-4, 2-2) responded, though, with two straight scores of its own.
Devan Johnson rumbled in from 7 yards out with 27 seconds to play in the first half, and after getting the ball to start the third quarter, the Titans needed just five plays to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 17-14.
The drive was capped off with an 11-yard touchdown pass from D.J. Pearson to Matty Biondich with 10:43 to play in the third quarter.
“We kept telling our offense we needed to answer, and our kids responded every time,” Teter said.
Sequoyah’s answer came on its ensuing possession, a seven-play, 70-yard drive that culminated with a 21- yard touchdown pass from Lauletta to Nick Falco.
Northview cut the lead to 24-21 on the opening possession of the fourth quarter, but a 40-yard completion from Lauletta to Rakestraw set up a 1-yard quarterback sneak that sealed the game and a win on homecoming night.
Lauletta finished the night an efficient 6-of-9 passing for 151 yards. He also added 59 yards rushing on nine carries. Rakestraw’s two catches totaled a game-high 106 yards receiving.
Pearson led Northview with 167 yards passing and 93 yards rushing. Johnson ran for 15 yards and two touchdowns.
The win moved Sequoyah into sole possession of second place in its subregion.
If the Chiefs maintain their spot, they would host the No. 3 seed of the opposite subregion — currently Pope — Nov. 8 for a state playoff berth.
“We’re in second for now, but if we lose next week it drops us into a three-way tie,” said Teter. “We have to go up to Cambridge next Friday and take care of business.”