Sports Sunday Correspondent
Quarterback Levi Richardson ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as Class 3A No. 1 Sequoyah rolled over Tulsa Metro Christian, 42-6, Friday night in a District 3A-3 high school football game.
In running its season record to 7-0, Sequoyah dominated the game. For the second week in a row, the Eagle offense scored six first-half touchdowns while the Sequoyah defenders were holding the opponent scoreless.
Through seven games, Sequoyah has not allowed a point during the first half.
Richardson raced 52 yards and a touchdown on the Eagles' second offensive play. After hitting Dakota James with a 47-yard touchdown strike on the Eagles' third time with the ball, Richardson also scored on 15- and 14-yard carries in the second quarter.
Ty Jordan added two touchdowns, each coming after Metro fumbles.
Two other miscues by the Patriots kept Sequoyah's first-half scoreless mark intact. Blake Breshears (two) and J.R. Row (one) each picked off passes from Metro's freshman quarterback Dylan Kubala.
Both interceptions came on first-and-goal situations by the Patriots.
A preseason choice to battle Sequoyah for District 3A-3 honors, Metro quickly went to the passing game. Kubala and, near the end of the contest, Joey Rogers, attempted 39 passes. Receivers caught 18, but 12 were for five yards or less. The Patriots finished with 86 passing yards.
Considering Sequoyah's pass rush, Metro was lucky to catch any.
Most of the night, Sequoyah had as many players in the Patriot backfield as Metro did. Jesse Myers and James each battled down two pass attempts and Alvin Marsh, Alex Haynes and Row had one apiece.
Despite the early Richardson TD run, the game was looking like a defensive contest until Sequoyah broke it open with two more scores late in the first quarter.
The Richardson-James bomb came with 1:50 on the clock. When the Patriots fumbled the following kickoff, the Eagles needed four plays to cover 15 yards. A two-yard carry by Jordan with 17 seconds to go upped the score to 21-0.
Row's interception at the goal line as Metro was knocking at the door for a second time came 5:13 before half. Row returned it 48 yards.
Three plays later, Richardson had his second TD and Sequoyah was on top, 28-0. It took only 25 seconds to climb to 35-0. Metro fumbled on the next play. Jordan picked up 29 yards with a carry, then scored from the four.
Jordan was the game's leading rusher with 12 carries and 98 yards, all in the opening half. Richardson ran four times for 71.
While a few of the Sequoyah defensive starters played after half-time, none of the starting offense returned to the field.
Row was dominant on defense, registering 19 tackles, including one sack. Park had 11 tackles, while Myers and Michael Rock had seven each. Marsh had six. Rock recovered two Metro fumbles and Row and James Hunsucker picked up one each.
Sequoyah finished with 308 rushing yards and 60 passing yards.
Metro was limited to 78 rushing yards on 26 attempts.
The Patriots prevented a shutout by scoring with 4:49 left. Metro needed six plays to cover 47 yards. Jake Cole scored from the eight. He had 32 yards rushing on the drive.
Now 7-0 and 4-0 in district, Sequoyah will play two of the final regular season games on the road. Metro falls to 4-3 and 2-2.
SEQUOYAH 42, METRO CHRISTIAN 6
Metro Christian 0 0 0 6 — 6
Sequoyah 21 21 0 0 — 42
Sequoyah — L.Richardson 52 run (Inman kick)
Sequoyah — James 47 pass from L.Richardson (Inman kick)
Sequoyah — Jordan 2 run (Inman kick)
Sequoyah — L.Richardson 15 run (Inman kick)
Sequoyah — Jordan 4 run (Inman kick)
Sequoyah — L.Richardson 14 run (Inman kick)
Metro — Cole 8 run (conversion attempt fumbled)
Rushing — Ty Jordan 12-98, 2TD; Levi Richardson 4-71, 3TD; Corey Park 6-70; Jake Rhine 5-27; Blake Breshears 3-18; A.J. Rhine 5-14; Jake Darnell 2-9; Mookie Foster 4-4.
Passing — Levi Richardson 2-7-60, TD; Cody Richardson 0-1.
Receiving — Dakota James 1-47, TD; Corey Park 1-13.