A nightmarish second half performance proved fatal for the Sequoyah Eagles Friday night in their home opener against Sallisaw.
After battling the Black Diamonds to a 7-7 intermission stalemate, the Eagles’ offense simply evaporated in the second half, fueling a 28-7 loss to the visitors.
Sequoyah gained just 66 yards and three first downs in the second half while reaching Sallisaw territory only once, following the Diamonds‘ shanked 21-yard punt.
Running back Cale Wilson galloped for 189 yards and touchdowns of 53 and 69 yards in leading Sallisaw’s assault.
The Black Diamonds’ defense was just as effective, holding the Eagles to 144 total yards and seven first downs.
Still playing without quarterback Daniel Moniz, out with a knee injury until further notice, the Eagles started impressively.
After Sallisaw kicker Sinue Rodriquez saw his 57-yard field goal attempt bounce off the cross bar, Sequoyah moved 80 yards in 10 plays to lead 7-0.
Quarterback McKaine Foster, who completed 7-of-10 first half passes, hit 4-of-6 in the series and broke free for a 19-yard burst to the three.
Will Shea bulled over for the touchdown and Chance Schultz kicked the conversion with 11:32 remaining in the half.
Sallisaw finally pulled even with 4:21 remaining. Following a punt, the Diamonds took over at their 47 and on second down, Wilson found room to roam. He dodged, weaved, reversed direction and broke tackles en route to the 53-yard scoring run.
Wilson again felt tricky early in the second half, darting 69 yards to put Sallisaw up forever at 14-7.
The second of three second half turnovers by the Eagles led to the Diamonds’ third TD. Zane Sparks intercepted Foster, returning the ball 16 yards to the five. A personal foul against Sequoyah moved it half the distance and Tristan Brown scored from there with 2:43 left in the third period.
Sparks’ second interception came at the Eagles’ 42. After a holding penalty against Sequoyah, sophomore quarterback Quint Scoufas located Dylan Thurber on a 54-yard scoring strike with 2:23 to go.