Sequoyah bids to rebound on trip to North Springs
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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While Jake Garner and his Sequoyah teammates lost last week’s rivalry game with Creekview, chances are strong that the Chiefs will break back into the win column Friday, when they travel to face a long-struggling North Springs program. But despite the odds being in Sequoyah’s favor, coach James Teter isn’t getting ahead of himself.
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
While Jake Garner and his Sequoyah teammates lost last week’s rivalry game with Creekview, chances are strong that the Chiefs will break back into the win column Friday, when they travel to face a long-struggling North Springs program. But despite the odds being in Sequoyah’s favor, coach James Teter isn’t getting ahead of himself.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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James Teter’s advice to his Sequoyah team this week was to stay the course.

Coming off a 17-14 loss to archrival Creekview in a Region 7AAAAA subregion, that might not be what fans would expect to hear, but according to the Chiefs’ coach, they’re doing a lot of things right.

“What we did last week worked,” Teter said. “We just need to get the ball in the end zone more often.”

Sequoyah (3-2, 0-1) scored just 14 points apiece in its losses to Cherokee and Creekview, but in their victories, the Chiefs are averaging 41 points per game.

Teter addressed the issue by simply saying that his offense has been able to move the ball each week, and the defense has found various levels of success as well. The focus now is getting a foot back in the region race.

“We have got to find a way to get a win and get back in that race,” Teter said.

North Springs (1-4, 0-1) won’t show the Chiefs much different than they’ve seen in each of the last four games. Aside from the opener against River Ridge, each team Sequoyah has faced runs a spread offense.

For this reason, Teter feels this week’s preparations were more about getting his players ready to play and getting ready to face the Spartans.

“This is just like any other game, as far as our approach,” Teter said. “Our kids are fine and focused and ready to go. We just have to find a way to get back on the winning side.”

Sequoyah stands a good chance of rebounding with a win, as it faces a North Springs team that beat Hapeville Charter by one point five weeks ago. That snapped a 34-game losing streak dating back to the 2009 season.

Teter said he isn’t going to be fooled by North Springs’ reputation, telling his players to treat this opponent just like any other.

“They are very athletic,” Teter said. “They kind of run the same thing as everyone else with a spread. You can’t really look at their record because they are better than that. They are just like any other team. It’s a region game and they want to get in the race as much as we do. It will be a hard fight just like any of them.”

With a formula that Teter feels is working, he doesn’t expect to have anyone new in the starting lineup. Lex Lauletta will be back at quarterback, and the ball-carrying duties will still be done by a committee which includes Jake Garner, Adam Patterson and Sam Rodgers.

“We are pretty steady, and everyone is staying in their spots,” Teter said. “It’s status quo at Sequoyah.”

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