|Published: 11:48 AM, 06/05/2013
||Last updated: 11:49 AM, 06/05/2013
Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
ALCOA вЂ” Just getting to scrimmage on the home field of a program that had dominated its classification nearly all of last decade was a huge stepping stone for Sequoyah.
That the Chiefs were even able to sustain multiple drives at all against Alcoa's defense вЂ” known for being practically airtight against all but a select few schools in the entire state вЂ” could spell some real promise for them in the sixth year under coach Bill Satterfield.
The so-called score of the scrimmage with the Tornadoes Monday at Goddard Field was 28-6 in favor of Alcoa, but a second touchdown by Sequoyah was blown dead early to protect quarterback Brett King, who was in the green no-contact jersey.
It was an effort that impressed a former Chiefs standout who is now the running backs coach at Alcoa.
"They established some long drives against us, but our defense bowed back up there at the end to hold them out a few times," said Chris Carson, who played running back at Sequoyah from 2000-2003.
"They've got a really good team, so they should have a pretty good year."
The Tornadoes' defense is breaking in eight new starters for the 2013 campaign, but the Chiefs also came into the scrimmage with six starters missing.
Sequoyah's second drive of the scrimmage was a 12-play march down the field that ended in a fumble, and while the result was undesirable, it let the Chiefs know they were capable of moving the ball.
King would have scored for the Chiefs on the next turn at offense, but was blown dead by contact before he crossed the goal line as a precaution.
Matt Gletty got across the goal line for Sequoyah on 3rd and goal toward the end.
"We came up here witout six starters, and I felt like we moved the ball," Satterfield said. "Scorewise, we had quick whistles because I didnвЂ™t want to get the quarterback hurt, but I feel like those are two touchdowns.
"I don't think anybody in their wildest dreams thought we would come up here and take the ball right down the field on Alcoa and do what we did today."
J.J. Harmon received most of the first-team carries for the Chiefs at running back, with Alex Stakely still resting up from baseball season.
With starters missing from defense, including Garrett Dalton and Caleb Miner, younger players got a baptism by fire from Alcoa's punishing offensive line and speedy tailbacks, including Jaquez Tyson, who torched the Chiefs with two long runs, one for a touchdown.
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