Larry Larkin Column

Midweek Leftovers ... How good are the Sequoyah Eagles? The No. 1-ranked Class 3A team has crushed seven straight opponents without being tested. The team in the blue and white appears to be on a crusade.

Still, maybe only head coach Jody Iams and his staff realize just how good this team can be.

Like Superboy growing up in the comics, the Eagles’ true powers are being held in check.

In each game so far, Iams has allowed his team to jump to a huge lead in the first half. Then, the starters spend much of the final two quarters on the sidelines watching the rest of the game.

The Eagles’ first offensive unit puts points on the scoreboard faster than a calculator (or speeding bullet, maybe). Sequoyah's defensive starters refuse to give up any points (more powerful than a locomotive).

Looking around the state at high school football games recently, one finds scores like 70-0, 55-0, 60-13, 52-3, 55-0, 62-7,56-0, 62-6 ... and 104-74.

Now granted, that last one is only a 30-point spread, but still that is a four-touchdown margin and the starters were in at the finish.

What kind of scores could Sequoyah rack up if the starters were left in all the way?

Until the competition gets better, we will not find out. Iams refuses to run the score up. Sequoyah's highest point total has been 48.

With three weeks remaining in the regular season, here’s what Sequoyah faces: at Dewey (1-3, 2-5) Thursday night, hosting Locust Grove (2-2, 5-2) Oct. 27, at Vinita (4-0, 7-0, ranked No. 10) Nov. 3.

Things are shaping up nicely for the Eagles as they set their sights on a Class 3A state championship.

A District 3A-3 title will assure the Eagles home games in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Maybe by that time athletic directer Lance West, game announcer Jim Smith, and all the rest of the Sequoyah followers will see the starters start and finish.

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