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Matt Hamilton/Daily Citizen-NewsDalton High School’s Lane Cox holds on as Sequoyah’s Jaden Mitchell runs the ball on Friday night at Harmon Field.

Sequoyah ran into a buzzsaw last week coming in the form of Dalton running back Jahmyr Gibbs.

Gibbs ran for 203 yards and scored five touchdowns on Friday night as Sequoyah fell on the road 42-14. Sequoyah led 7-0 early in the game when quarterback Colin Koprowski scored on a two-yard sneak, but Gibbs’ 98-yard touchdown return on the ensuing kickoff halted the would-be momentum. Dalton scored 28 unanswered points, all touchdowns by Gibbs, following Koprowski’s touchdown and entered halftime leading 28-7.

Sequoyah coach James Teter said the Dalton running back is simply a special player.

“He’s an extremely good running back,” Teter said. “I thought we hung in there as best we could against him. We missed some tackles but a lot of that was him making us miss.”

Sequoyah will travel to Campbell this week, a team it defeated 38-7 a season ago. Campebell has been outscored by its opponents 123-14 in three games played but should be rested and well prepared following its bye last week.

Sequoyah’s offense was able to sustain drives early in the game last week, but sputtered in the second quarter with consecutive three-and outs. Teter said he saw positives in the game tape but said the Chiefs offense can’t afford to play from behind the chains.

“Our whole plan last week was to stay on the field as long as possible and keep Gibbs off the field,” Teter said. “So we can’t go three and out, because if we get down then we’re forced to either start throwing or run ourselves out of time. There were some things in the run game where we’re definitely showed some improvement from the first two games. There are some positives but we just have to clean it up.”

Junior running back Jaden Mitchell leads Sequoyah with 145 rushing yards and 32 carries so far this season. Koprowski is 14-for-32 passing for 204 yards with one touchdown in three games while adding another 47 yards on the ground. Defensively, Jack Blackman leads Sequoyah with 18 tackles while adding an interception and defensive touchdown. Avery Born is second on the team with 15 tackles while adding a team-high three tackles for loss.

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