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November 3, 2012

Sequoyah secures 3A playoff berth with win

SEQUOYAH — The formula was simple for the regular season finale between Sequoyah and Dewey Friday night at the Pope Sports Complex.

The winner would secure the fourth and final postseason spot in District 3A-5.  The loser would begin preparations for winter sports.

The end result saw the Eagles defeat the Bulldoggers 31-21.  Sequoyah (5-5, 3-3) will play at Tulsa Victory Christian in a first round playoff game on Friday.

"We played hard tonight," said Sequoyah head coach Jody Iams. "We made some mistakes but overcame them. That is a tribute our boys."

Eagle quarterback Daniel Moniz had a big game. He rushed for 273 yards, passed for 80 yards, ran for a touchdown and threw for another score.

"It all starts up front," said Moniz. "They are the heart of the team. We had a good week of practice. We knew what we needed to do and executed well."

Dewey (5-5, 2-4) led 7-0 after the first period, but Sequoyah responded with a big second quarter.  The Eagles got on the board at the 9:50 mark of the frame.  Hunter Webster did the honors with a three yard scoring run.   

Sequoyah went ahead 14-7 after a 71 yard touchdown pass from Moniz to Blake Muns at the 4:31 mark of the second period.  The ball was deflected but Muns was able to corral it and race to the end zone untouched.

The Bulldogers tied it at 14-14 with 2:48 left in the first half.  The Eagles, however, responded just 42 seconds later.

Webster did the honors again, scoring from 13 yards out. Moniz had a 65 yard rush on the previous play to set up that touchdown.

"Hunter is a real inspiration," said Moniz. "He makes sure that we come out prepared and take no plays off. I love these guys. We play for each other and always play hard no matter what."

After a scoreless third quarter, Chance Schultz made a key 28 yard field goal at the 10:28 mark of the final stanza to give Seqouyah a 24-14 lead.

Moniz then provided some extra cushion when he galloped 36 yards down the left side to the end zone with 4:53 remaining.

Dewey got a touchdown pass with 2:31 left and then recovered the ensuing onside kick.  The Eagle defense, however, promptly registered a sack and then forced three straight incomplete passes.

"We are very familiar with Dewey and felt it might come down to this game," said Iams. "It is hard to put into words how proud I am of the kids. It's so easy to quit now and these kids haven't"

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