Warriors top Cherokees in 'Battle of Nations' football
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:00 AM
The Choctaw Central Warriors got into the win column as they took a 56-28 prep football victory over Cherokee (N.C.) High School Friday night prep football action.
Choctaw Central, now 1-2 on the year, hosts West Lauderdale Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
"We had a good effort from our kids," Choctaw Central Coach Troy Savell said. "We are showing progress and we need to keep this momentum going."
The Warriors jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. First, freshman Miles Yazzi scored on a four-yard run. Then senior quarterback Demarcus Wilson completed a 30-yard TD pass to Brandon Kennedy. Neither extra point attempt was good and the Warriors led 12-0.
The Braves bounced back with a 46-yard TD pass play to make it 12-6. But the Warriors answered with a drive that ended in a three-yard run by Dakota Kennedy. Kennedy scored the two-point conversion and the Warriors led 20-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The teams exchanged touchdowns early in the second quarter. Wilson ran 65 yards for a touchdown to make it 26-6. But then Cherokee scored on a 30-yard TD pass play and converted the two point conversion to trail 26-14.
Choctaw Central scored two touchdowns before the half. Wilson scored on a 10-yard run and Brandon Kennedy scored on 19-yard rush. At the half, Choctaw Central led 38-14.
Choctaw Central scored twice in the third quarter. Yazzi scored both touchdowns on runs of five and one yards. Choctaw Central led 50-14 heading into the final quarter.
The Warriors' final points came one a four-yard run by Christian Deon. The Braves scored twice in the fourth quarter.
Choctaw Central finished the night with 355 yards rushing on 42 carries, and 130 yards passing for 485 total yards. Cherokee had 68 yards rushing on 26 carries, and 113 passing yards on 1 completion for 186 total yards.
Wilson was the leading yard gainer. He rushed for 175 yards on nine carries and had all of the Warriors' passing yards. Yazzi had 46 rushing yards on 11 carries, while Dakota Kennedy added 41 yards on nine carries. Brandon Kennedy was the leading receiver with 81 yards on four catches.
Dakota Kennedy led the Warriors in tackles with five.