Ryan Shaffer broke free, weaving his way past Meigs County defenders and into the end zone for a 20-yard rushing touchdown.
It wasn’t just the first score for the Sequoyah Junior Chiefs during their game at Meigs on Thursday, Aug. 15; it was the first touchdown in program history, taking place in the Junior Chiefs’ first ever official contest.
But it was also one of the only highlights for Sequoyah in Decatur, as the Tigers dominated the Junior Chiefs, 34-6.
“I just think it was good for us to get some good, physical contact early on,” head coach David Matlock said. “We’re going to find out who’s tough enough to play and who’s not.”
Shaffer was a bright spot for Sequoyah, though; he was strong offensively and defensively, rushing for the Junior Chiefs’ only touchdown, as well as 53 yards on 12 carries, and also recording eight total tackles.
“(Shaffer is) a tough kid,” Matlock said. “He’s just young. As he gets older, he’s very coachable and he’ll improve throughout the year because he wants to learn. He’s just young right now.”
Meigs County drove the ball down the field to score on its first drive of the game, also converting on the two-point try to take an early 8-0 lead.
Sequoyah was able to stop the Tigers on fourth down near the Junior Chiefs’ goal line, but not long after, Meigs County recovered a Sequoyah loose ball and scored again, converting the two-point attempt to go ahead 16-0.
Another Tiger touchdown, with a failed two-point conversion, shortly before halftime gave Meigs County a 22-0 advantage, and the Tigers produced yet another score, with a consecutive no-good two-point try, to take a 28-0 lead during the third quarter.
Shaffer’s score came after one more Meigs County touchdown. Sequoyah failed to convert on the two-point attempt, giving the game its final 34-6 scoreline.
The Junior Chiefs will host Rhea County, another stout opponent, for the first home game in program history on Thursday, Aug. 22.
“We’ve definitely got to get more physical,” Matlock said. “Have to get more physical and then execute. We have a couple injuries. We have to make sure they’re okay.
“But this was a physical bunch we played and hopefully, within a few weeks, we will be that physical as well.”
Elias Heath- 4/9, 34 yards
Ryan Shaffer- 12 carries, 53 yards, TD
Eddie Duncan- 5 carries, 10 yards
Cyrom Manley- 3 receptions, 33 yards
Shaffer- 8 tackles
A.J. McCosh- 3 tackles
Liam Blair- 3 tackles