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Sequoyah Bests Etowah 21-12 To Open Region Play


Sequoyah and Etowah faced off Friday night with both teams coming off of winning streaks; Etowah at 4 and Sequoyah at 2. This set the stage for a big opening game for region play in 6-6A, with both fanbases confident in their teams.


The game started off with a bang as Sequoyah's Ean Marria broke free for a physical 47-yard touchdown rush on 4th down, giving the Chiefs an early 7-0 lead with 8:31 left in the first quarter. As the quarter came to a close, Sequoyah held a 7-0 advantage.


In the second quarter, Kolby Martin, Sequoyah's quarterback, continued the Chiefs' offensive charge with a pinpoint 19-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Hancock. The score extended Sequoyah's lead to 14-0 with 11:17 left in the quarter. As the halftime whistle blew, Sequoyah maintained their 14-0 lead, setting the stage for a tense second half.


The third quarter saw both teams' defenses holding firm, and the score remained unchanged at 14-0 in favor of Sequoyah as the quarter concluded, thanks in large part to a redzone fumble and a few special teams mistakes.


Etowah, however, wasn't ready to concede defeat. The Eagles roared back in the fourth quarter, with quarterback Xavier Mahoney leading the charge. Mahoney showcased his dual-threat abilities with an 11-yard touchdown rush, although the ensuing PAT was unsuccessful. The score now stood at 14-6, with Etowah closing the gap with 11:24 left in the game.


The Eagles' determination was on full display as Mahoney added another 1-yard touchdown rush, bringing the score to 14-12 with 8:51 remaining in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for Etowah, their attempt at a 2-point conversion fell short, leaving them trailing by two points.


Sequoyah, sensing the momentum shift, responded swiftly. Jackson Hancock, who had already contributed significantly, broke free for an explosive 66-yard touchdown rush, sealing the victory for the Chiefs with a score of 21-12 with 7:54 left in the game.


For Etowah, they move to 4-1 and will prepare to host the Creekview Grizzlies after the bye week. For Sequoyah, the Chiefs move to 3-2 and are tied with River Ridge and Creekview atop standings in region 6-6A. Sequoyah will prepare for a trip to River Ridge after the bye.

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