CANTON — Sequoyah solidified its playoff prospects while putting a dent in Forsyth Central’s.
The Chiefs gained 422 yards of total offense while holding Central to 200 in a 38-13 victory on Friday at Sequoyah.
"Our defense played really well," Sequoyah coach James Teter said. "We have a new defensive coordinator this year and it’s taken them 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 a huge night 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. The Chiefs scored on their next two possessions with an 84-yard drive capped by Ingleton’s first score, they capitalized on a fumbled kickoff less than a minute later when Ingleton received a screen and scored from 30 yards out to push the lead to 21-0.
The Chiefs (4-3, 2-1 Region 7A-AAAAA) defense dominated the Bulldogs (2-5, 2-1) after their first possession, only allowing Central one more first down in the half and 57 total 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 the Chief’s 9-yard line. A five-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 two minutes later. The Bulldogs 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.
Branigan led Central with 90 rushing yards on 22 carries and accounted for the Bulldogs’ only other points when he hit wide receiver Jeremiah Jones with a 20-yard touchdown pass as time expired.
The Chiefs set themselves up to hold on to the number two seed for the region 7AAAAA play-in game, while the Bulldogs will move forward with the hopes of avoiding the fourth seed.
"[The win] keeps in the running for the sub-region. As long as we keep winning we control our own destiny as far as the second seed goes," Teter said.
Central faces another tough road game on Friday at Creekview.