Claremore Daily Progress


September 24, 2011

Sequoyah claims Homecoming victory over Inola

CLAREMORE — Sequoyah used a huge fourth period to pull away from fellow Rogers County foe Inola 48-25 to open District 3A-6 action Friday night at the Pope Sports Complex.

Both teams have tough road tests next week. The Eagles (3-1, 1-0) face Tahlequah Sequoyah while the Longhorns (1-3, 0-1) take on Verdigris in another Rogers County tussle.

"The coaches did a good job making adjustments and the kids executed much better in the second half," said Sequoyah head coach Jody Iams.

The game was tied at 25-25 after three quarters. Derek Inman made a 33 yard field goal attempt to put Sequoyah ahead 28-25 just 90 seconds into the final frame.

The Eagles then stretched the lead to 35-25 when quarterback Trevor Bickford scored on a 14 yard keeper with seven minutes left.

One the previous play to Bickford's TD, Brian Clinton had a huge 25 yard reception on a third and five at the Inola 39 yard line.

"We try to utilize the run first, but we have confidence in our passing game," said Iams. "It also gives you more confidence when a kid does the job and runs a nice route."

The Sequoyah defense then recovered a fumble with 5:20 remaining at the Inola 20 yard line. Bickford scored again from a yard out with 2:55 to go for an added cushion.

Wade Arthur then followed with a 38 yard interception return for a touchdown just 24 seconds later to provide some icing on the cake for the Eagles.

"We had some big defensive stops in the second half and that helped fire up our offense too," said Iams.

Sequoyah drew first blood when Tanner Wood scored from five yards out with 5:47 remaining in the first period.

Two plays prior, Inman was run into after he made a 34 yard field goal attempt. The Eagles decided to take those points off the board and the gamble worked.

Inola drew even with just 11 seconds left in the first quarter after Michael Lambert returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown.

The Eagles went back in front 14-7 at the 9:57 mark of the second period, courtesy of a Daniel Moniz six yard touchdown run.

Nick Ariaz had a 28 yard scoring run for the Longhorns with 6:17 left in the second quarter. Inola's two point attempt, however, was no good, keeping Sequoyah ahead 14-13.

Josh Feemster made a 27 yard field goal attempt to give the Longhorns their first lead at 16-14 with 2:51 to play in the first half.


Mason Stookey set up that advantage when he returned an interception 27 yards to the Eagles 23 yard line two and a half minutes earlier.


Sequoyah went back in front 17-16 after Inman was good on a 29 yard field goal try with just 48 seconds remaining in the first half. Moniz set that up with a 60 yard kickoff return.


Lambert then returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards. Feemster eventually cashed that in as he kicked another 27 yard field goal on the final play of the first half to put Inola ahead 19-17.


The Eagles had an impressive opening possession of the second half. The drive covered 43 yards on nine plays and all of it was on the ground.


Levi Green capped the march with a nine yard touchdown and Bickford added the two point conversion to make it 25-19 at the 7:17 mark of the third period.


Josh Procter made a circus catch on 17 yard touchdown toss from Lambert but Sequoyah blocked the extra point, keeping things tied at 25-25 with 3:43 remaining in the third quarter.


From that point on, however, it was all Sequoyah thanks in part to several big plays during that impressive final stanza.

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