DEWEY — Logan Woody guaranteed his teammates before the game he would return a kickoff for a touchdown.
He did exactly that, catching a high bounce on an onside kick attempt and returning it 50 yards only eight seconds into the contest for Sequoyah’s first score.
It was the ultimate backfire for Dewey, which never recovered from the sequence.
“We’ve been talking about it for a few weeks now as a joke, but before this game, I was like, ‘If they kick an onside kick, I’m going to grab it and just take off with it.’ The last thing I saw were three guys coming after me, and I knew if I was to stop and try to lie down, I was probably going to get hit. I thought I was going to get hit in the air, so I just started running.
“I felt the first guy slip off me, and I was like, ‘Oh wow’, and I just kept running.”
Given the wintry weather conditions — 34 degrees with a 25-degree windchill and heavy rain — it was the perfect way to set the tone for the 47-point rout.
A few minutes later after the defense forced a three-and-out, quarterback Blake Bedsworth rumbled 74 yards on the Eagles’ first play, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run for Logan Hattaway the next snap.
“You could really feel the momentum right from the get-go,” Woody said. “The momentum carried over, and we took over the game.”
BURKS SCORES 2 LATE DEFENSIVE TDs
As Trey Burks dropped into his pass coverage and saw the ball coming his way, his initial thought was to deflect it.
He went ahead and caught it instead, and that decision paid off. The senior returned the errant pass 27 yards for a touchdown as the clock ran late in the fourth quarter.
His fortunes weren’t done there, though.
Two plays later, the Dewey quarterback lost control of a shotgun snap, and the ball rolled aimlessly toward the goal line.
Sagey Hicks nearly recovered the loose pigskin at the 4-yard line but instead sent it spinning into the end zone. It was free game for several Sequoyah defenders from there, but Burks was the one to emerge from the pile with the ball.
“It was awesome to be able to do that (score two defensive touchdowns) in that game,” Burks said. “I’m just glad I was able to go out there with my guys and play, and we took care of business.”
HATTAWAY STARS IN RUSHING ATTACK
Cold weather can lead muscle and joint tightness and loss of body heat, but Eagles running back Logan Hattaway appeared unaffected by the elements.
The sophomore rushed for 137 yards on 13 carries, scoring on runs of 2, 7 and 34 yards. That is about 10.5 yards per carry.
“It was difficult at first,” Hattaway said. “My hands were freezing, of course, but we hadn’t played in a while, and I just wanted to come out and play the game, even through cold. I just played through it, but it was fun. On a few plays, I’d get like a breakthrough and just slip. That was a bit of a difficulty for me, but we got through it.”
Burks also commented on the difficulty of playing in cold and rainy weather, saying, ‘It wasn’t difficult to me, really. If you mentally think you can’t do it, you’re not going to go out there and play any good. The other team is cold, too, so it was a level playing field. It’s not like we were the only ones at a disadvantage.”