Stopping the deep ball had been Sequoyah’s weakness all season, and it showed as M.L. King quarterback Roland Rivers threw touchdown passes of 34, 59, 59 and 71 yards in a 34-14 rout that ended the Chiefs’ season at Hallford Stadium.
The win sent the Lions (11-0) into a second-round game against Allatoona.
Sequoyah’s season came to a close with a 7-4 record.
“We knew that was going to be the situation where we were just going to try to deal with it the best we could, and I thought, for the most part, we played pretty well,” Teter said. “We let them get behind us. We knew that was an area we were kind of suspect in all year long. Their strong point is our weakness.”
M.L. King continued its undefeated season via the arm of Rivers, who completed 16 of 23 passes for 329 yards and five total touchdowns (one rushing).
Rivers and his dominant receiving corps struck early. His first touchdown strike was a deep 34-yard ball to tailback Donald Clark on the team’s first possession.
When the Lions got the ball back 3 minutes later, the duo found pay dirt again, this time with a nifty catch and run from Williams, where he ran from one sideline to the other to eventually find space and the end zone.
Sequoyah, however, turned the momentum in the second quarter.
With 8:06 remaining in the half, the Chiefs capitalized off a turnover when the Lions’ long-snapper sent the ball over the punter’s head, giving Sequoyah life at the 8-yard line.
Sequoyah’s star-studded tailback, senior Blake Ingleton, punched in for his first of two scores of the night to make the score 14-7.
The Chiefs had an opportunity to keep pace again after another quick M.L. King touchdown, as they drove to the 16-yard line with 50 seconds remaining in the half. That opportunity was squandered as the Chiefs settled for a field-goal attempt that was blocked as time expired.
“We told the players inside that any points right there, where we didn’t get the field goal, were crucial,” Teter said. “Because we felt that, if we could get it to 21-14, it changes a lot of things for them because it’s not supposed to be that close. And then, coming out of the half, we stopped them and we threw an interception. It just killed us.”
M.L. King did capitalize on the pick when receiver Demarquis Polite-Bray caught a quick hitch and turned up field and down the sideline for six points, helping the Lions to a comfortable 28-7 advantage.
One bright spot for Sequoyah was the performance of Ingleton, who went for more than 100 yards yet again and scored his second touchdown with 3:34 remaining.
Ingleton finished with 109 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns.
While the loss ended the Chiefs’ season, Teter insisted to his players that they had no reason to hang their heads.
“This senior class has worked so hard for four years,” Teter said. “To get us to this point and get us back in the playoffs — when people ask, when did this all get started, this is the class we will refer to, and they need to be proud of that.”