By Ben Johnson
TAHLEQUAH – If this was it for Sequoyah, the Indians went out in style.
Kyle Helsley ran left, right and through the Bulldogs, amassing 260 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as Class 3A No. 6 Sequoyah blasted the Bulldogs, 63-40, at Thompson Field on Friday night.
With the win, Sequoyah, which clinched the District 3A-7 title last week by shutting out Hilldale, improved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in 3A-7. Lincoln Christian, the fourth-place finisher in 3A-7, wrapped up the regular season 6-3 and 3-3.
Early on it appeared Lincoln Christian would do what Hilldale failed to do last week: compete with the Indians.
Both clubs traded touchdowns back and forth with Sequoyah leading 35-27 at halftime.
The second half was all Sequoyah, though.
The Indians scored two touchdowns in the third quarter (Bradyen Scott’s 20-yard pass to Ryan Helsley and Karter Woodruff’s 1-yard run) to put the game away. A 13-yard touchdown catch by Nick Kingfisher and a 47-yard run by Woodruff added to Sequoyah’s lead in the fourth quarter.
All of Kyle Helsley’s scores came in the first half.
Now Sequoyah must wait for its fate to be determined at Wednesday’s board of directors meeting in front of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. Eight Sequoyah players were ruled ineligible before the Indians’ game last week at Hilldale. However, a district judge in Cherokee County upheld a temporary restraining order, allowing the players to participate in the final two games of the season.