The Chiefs (4-2, 1-1) prevailed despite allowing the Spartans (1-5, 0-2) to recover two onside kicks in the fourth quarter.
“It was a ‘cluster-mess,’” Sequoyah coach James Teter said, “but we’ll take a win any way we can get it, ugly or not.”
Behind a dominating performance by senior quarterback Lex Lauletta, the Chiefs built a 36-14 lead going into the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t put the game away.
North Springs completed an 11-play drive to start the final frame with a 2-yard run by quarterback Tyler Reid. The Spartans were also assisted by a penalty that confounded Teter.
“I don’t know where the pass interference came from,” he said, “but we overcame it.”
Reid finished the night 14-for-31 for 181 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
North Springs continued to overcome its deficit, recovering its first onside kick after it banged off a Sequoyah player. The Spartans soon scored on a 20-yard pass from Reid to Darrian Lamar.
Lamar was the down man for North Springs’ attempt at a 2-point conversion, and he got up with the snap, but the Chiefs were ready and intercepted the pass.
North Springs recovered another onside kick, but Sequoyah’s defense held the threat off with an interception.
Lauletta made his only mistake in the closing seconds. He fumbled the snap, and North Springs recovered once again, but the ball never moved as the clock ran out.
Lauletta was 5-of-6 passing for 45 yards and a pair of tochdown throws to Kyle Wisniewski and Nick Falco. He also rushed for 137 yards and a pair of TDs in a performance that didn’t surprise his coach.
“He’s done that all year, running the ball,” Teter said. “He’s got great legs and it’s an asset, his ability to run. He’s done a great job of that, and it helped us win (Friday).”
The Chiefs were helped early on when they recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff. Lauletta followed with a 45-yard touchdown run for an early 8-0 lead.
Two plays later, North Springs put the ball on the turf again, and once again, Sequoyah took advantage. This time, a five-play drive was finished off by Trey Mitchell racing in from 7 yards out.
“Those fumbles helped us,” Teter said. “It kept us in (the lead), and we battled through.”
Jake Garner complemented Lauletta’s rushing effort with 104 yards of his own.