SPERRY – It appeared that rain might be on the way at halftime, but by then the storm had already passed through.
Class 2A eighth-ranked Sperry scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions and blew by struggling Sequoyah 54-7 Friday night at Herrington Field.
The 2-0 Pirates chalked up a 26-4 advantage in first downs and a 441-83 bulge in total offense, sending the Eagles to their third straight defeat in coach Rob Gilbreath’s return to the school. While seven of eight Sperry scores came on the ground, passing proved critical in the lopsided game.
Quarterbacks Beau Teel and Carson Hendrix combined to complete 13 of 20 throws for 249 yards compared to Sequoyah’s one successful toss for six yards. The Pirates’ passing constantly kept the Eagles’ defense on its heels and was always a threat.
Sperry spread around its ground attack by using 11 rushers, all but four gaining between 17 and 46 yards. Junior Bryce Carter scored three touchdowns on darts of 2, 3 and 6 yards. Senior Jacob Sutherland ran for TDs of 15 and 7 yards, adding four conversion kicks.
Mason Hassell had the best numbers for the Eagles, piling up 35 yards on nine carries and scoring on a 15-yard bolt.
Sequoyah’s big moment came after a bad snap sailed high over the head of Sperry punter Nick Ball for a 23-yard loss back to his 15. Hassell scored on the next play, racing around right end with 2:41 remaining in the third period. Wyatt Townsend toed the extra point to pull the Eagles within 48-7.
Sperry proved relentless in the first half, scoring on drives of 55, 27, 73, 29, 45 and 53 yards. Sequoyah’s deepest penetration reached the Pirate 45, but Hassell’s second down pass was intercepted, setting up a 45-yard six-point pass from Teel to Dominic Goncalves, giving Sperry a 34-0 second-quarter lead.
Down 41-0 at intermission, Sequoyah returned to gain 67 of its total yards in the second half. The Eagle defense held Sperry on downs at its own 34, leading to a late-game scoring chances for the visitors. Four consecutive runs of five to eight yard moved Sequoyah to the nine, but a lost third down fumble by the reserves ended the chance.