A quick turnaround will be required this week for Sequoyah, but it is always easier to recharge following a last-second win.
Sequoyah earned its first victory of the season Monday night by defeating Cambridge 44-41 at Skip Pope Stadium. Matthew Traynor’s touchdown pass to senior running back Jaden Mitchell with less than 15 seconds remaining in regulation proved to be the game-winner, keeping Sequoyah (1-5, 1-2) in the hunt for a playoff spot in the competitive Region 7AAAAAA.
“I thought Matthew grew up a lot (Monday) night,” Sequoyah coach James Teter said of the sophomore after the game. “It was good for our kids to get one, but we’ve got to play better defensively. We didn’t play well on that side. (Cambridge) did a really good job of scheming some things against us, and we had some blown coverages.”
Sequoyah had little time to celebrate, however, as it quickly began to prepare for its next game, Saturday afternoon at Chattahoochee (2-3, 1-2). The scheduling was agreed upon by both schools following the rescheduling of Sequoyah’s game against Cambridge.
The thrilling Monday night victory was a welcomed sight for Sequoyah players and fans, but Teter said he did not allow his team to bask in the moment.
“The kids were excited, but we have to come back down to earth and get ready for Chattahoochee,” Teter said. “It won’t be a normal week, and we’re using the next few days to recover.”
Mitchell scored four touchdowns against Cambridge and finished with 205 total yards. His 553 rushing yards are third in Cherokee County.
Traynor finished 226 total yards and has six passing touchdowns to one interception this season.
Sequoyah surrendered 389 passing yards to Cambridge — the second-most allowed in a single game by the Chiefs this season — and will need to correct its pass defense quickly.
Chattahoochee, led by quarterback Jaylen Smith, has one of the most potent passing attacks in the region. Smith is averaging 243 passing yards per game and has 13 touchdowns, compared to four interceptions.
The Cougars have three receivers with at least 250 yards and four touchdowns. Jordan Palmer leads the receiving corps and holds 15 college offers.
Monday’s win kept Sequoyah in the playoff race, and a second straight win would go a long way to keeping the Chiefs in the postseason hunt.