Mountaineers dismantle CherokeeMyers (3 TDs) rushes for 215 of Tuscola’s 551 yards on the ground
CHEROKEE — It’s not difficult figuring out what the Tuscola High School varsity football team is going to do, but figuring out who to stop is a different problem altogether.
The Mountaineers finished with 551 rushing yards, which broke a school record (508 in 1995) in Friday night’s 2013 season opener, including a career-high 215 yards on the ground with three touchdown runs and a two-point conversion from junior Bryce Myers, while Ben Greene rushed for 145 yards and one TD gallop in a 56-0 victory over Cherokee at the posh Ray Kinsland Stadium.
It was the first meeting ever between the two schools.
Tuscola, which will host T.C. Roberson next Friday, Aug. 30, in a non-conference game at C.E. Weatherby Stadium, won its first season opener since 2008 (36-7 vs. East Henderson). It was also the Mountaineers’ first season opening victory on the road since 2007 (29-26 vs. East Henderson).
“We knew we haven’t won an opener since 2008 and so to our kids it was important to start the 2013 season on a positive note,” said Tuscola Head Coach Brandon Allen. “I know we broke a school record for team rushing yards in a single game. But what I am most pleased and tickled about is we played with heart and were so focused. I love this team’s attitude and what a great, great effort this group of athletes had to start the 2013 season on the right foot.”
On the first play of their second possession, Myers took a hand-off and raced 83 yards to the CWY endzone to give Tuscola a 6-0 lead (PAT failed) with 8:26 remaining in the opening quarter.
Less than two minutes later, Myers scored on a six-yard run to stake the Mountaineers to a 14-0 lead (two-point conversion was good).
Myers carried the ball just four more times and scored on his last carry, a 32-yard touchdown run, to give Tuscola an insurmountable 49-0 lead with 9:46 left in the third quarter.
“We wanted to start the season with a win and we came in very focused,” said Myers. “Our linemen did a great job opening holes for us to run. All I did was just ran through the big holes they created.”
Greene scored on a 37-yard run with 0:57 left in the first quarter, giving the Mountaineers a 20-0 lead.
Tuscola scored three more times in the second quarter to take a commanding 42-0 lead into halftime. Junior Houston McCracken scored on a four-yard run, senior quarterback Woody Cornwell tossed a 12-yard scoring strike to Adam Chambers and Michael Herbertson, who rushed for 56 yards, dove over from the one with 0:57 left before halftime.
Placekicker Logan Lambert was 4-for-6 on point after tries.
Cornwell was 2-of-4 for 55 yards. While Tuscola ground game gashed the Braves’ defense, the Mountaineers’ defense was equally impressive, never permitting Cherokee to cross midfield, allowing just three first downs and gave up just 27 net yards.