Hayden Jones, Verdigris

The Verdigris Cardinals made the short drive to Sequoyah to play the Eagles in what was a cold, windy and rainy Friday night.

Both teams had a great turnout of fans that showed up for the game despite the miserable weather.

Sequoyah entered the game with an 0-7 record, while Coach Rob Gilbreath and the Eagles are currently in a rebuilding year.

Verdigris arrived with a 5-2 record, sitting at third in district standings and aiming to climb up the standings with a win against the Eagles.

The Cardinals came out of the gates hot by scoring six touchdowns and holding Sequoyah scoreless through the first half on the way to a 46-7 win at the Pope Athletic Complex.

Junior quarterback Hayden Jones threw for three touchdowns and 171 yards in the game, while the Verdigris running back trio of junior Carson Cook, sophomore Mike Stump and freshman Reese Roller rushed for a combined 173 yards and four touchdowns.

“Our offense played well, we came out and scored early like we needed to,” Verdigris coach Travis East said.

Sequoyah’s flexbone offense had its ups and downs throughout the game with senior running back Jesper Gustafsson accounting for the majority of their rushing yards with 60 yards and a 62-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter.

The Cardinals’ defense was strong during the whole game, as the defensive

line was in the backfield multiple times and the secondary made it difficult for Sequoyah to complete many passes.

“I thought our d-line played great tonight,” East said. “They weren’t able to do much because our d-line, linebackers, and secondary did great and it was a solid effort all around for the defense.

The Eagles look to improve and rebuild with the two remaining games left on the schedule, while the Cardinals have their eyes set on Locust Grove next week.

“I think it’s one of those things where we have to be a little sharper all around and keep working to play great football, play things perfect and not have any errors,” Gilbreath said.

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