Sequoyah rolls over Pope, advances to Class AAAAA state playoffs
by Yousef Baig
MDJ Sports Correspondent
November 09, 2013 02:58 AM | 3796 views | 17 17 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pope’s Taylor Wolf looks downfield for a receiver Friday against Sequoyah. The Chiefs got the best of the Greyhounds, 53-21, in the Region 7AAAAA play-in game.
Pope’s Taylor Wolf looks downfield for a receiver Friday against Sequoyah. The Chiefs got the best of the Greyhounds, 53-21, in the Region 7AAAAA play-in game.
CANTON — With a spot in the Class AAAAA state playoffs on the line, Sequoyah left no doubt in anyone’s minds.

The Chiefs won 53-21 at Skip Pope Stadium, furthering their season for at least one more week.

“Our kids played really well and our defensive coaches made some great halftime adjustments,” Sequoyah coach James Teter said.

With its win in the Region 7AAAAA crossover, Sequoyah (8-2) will be the region’s No. 3 seed and will travel to South Paulding, the Region 5AAAAA runner-up, next week.

Despite the crooked number on the scoreboard, Sequoyah’s victory was not without its share of drama.

After falling behind 26-0 early in the second quarter, Pope (3-7) showed signs of life by putting together an 11-play scoring drive that was finished off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Taylor Wolf — the first of the quarterback’s three rushing scores.

A fumble by Chiefs quarterback Lex Lauletta on the next possession turned into a Greyhound score, courtesy of Wolf’s run from 1 yard out.

The turnover bug held its bite on both sides.

First, Sequoyah’s Adam Patterson fumbled after a 25-yard reception. That takeaway was nearly turned into six points before Wolf fumbled at the goal line, and spoiled Pope’s opportunity to make it a one-possession game before the break.

“I got a little worried when they almost scored at halftime,” Teter said. “(It was) 21-26 after being up 26-nothing — it got a little hairy.”

Sequoyah outscored Pope 27-7 in the second half, holding the Greyhounds to only two first downs after they tallied 14 in the first half.

Lauletta was a crisp 8-of-9 for 225 yards and two touchdowns for Sequoyah. He also ran the ball six times for 88 yards and another touchdown.

Pope were paced by Mason Shiflett, who rushed 22 times for 103 yards, and Wolf, who carried the ball 12 times for 48 yards.

Despite the big loss to close out the year, Pope coach Matt Kemper said he would remember this group for its resolve throughout the season.

“(This team) never quit,” Kemper said. “People will say what they’ll say, and it didn’t turn out the way we wanted. Obviously, you want to win the football game, but these young men are quality people and they fought their butts off. That’s all you can ever ask.”

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Pete D.
November 12, 2013
Why do the supporters of the coaching staff on this blog keep saying that great job was done? What proof is there?

Every week supporters saying its no talent, every week others say its bad coaching. From what I've read and seen with my own eyes I have to agree with bad coaching. Players looked like evry other year to me six foot tall white kids that are probably really smart.

Sad Truth
November 12, 2013

They keep saying great job because if it is heard enough, that will become reality to the casual observers. It''s alot like politics these days. But just like politics, when you actually get into the detail, the rhetoric doesn't line up with reality.

This coaching staff has failed to develop players, failed to assist players with scholarship opportunities, failed to adapt to their personnel, failed to retain top players, failed to adjust mid-game and failed to uphold team rules.

So there you go.
apples and trees
November 11, 2013
come on parents, the coaches are our neighbors and show better character than ranting parents.

lets the coaches have real tryouts

cut players who can't play (yes thats includes your kid)

stop emailing coaches about playing time ( that time could be used for game planning)

quit playing the numbers game for money ( more kids = more money, its not working)

get rid on the inflatable helmet ( Im sure that money could have been used to pay of the infamous field house)

stop roping off seats for the coaches wives (wow, someone actually came up with this?)

lets get rid off someone so we can all feel better. (I vote for the third greyhound, he looks slow this year!)

BTW, a new scoreboard wont help

win games

fill the stands

sell more food

get more sponsors
Econ 101
November 12, 2013
Win Games = Fill Stands = Healthy Program

Won't happen - a change is needed!!!
Sad Pope Fan
November 09, 2013
The players did the best they could given the tools that they had to work with.

The coaching staff needs to change.

Why do we not have our best eleven on the field ALL of the time. That includes special teams. Even their QB payed both ways! along with 2 or 3 linemen. Crazy not to do it at this level.

Simple coaching like carrying out fakes by the QB. They did it every play......we rarely do.

O line was beaten by players half their size.

Definition of insanity.

November 09, 2013

Pope parents are the best. Every Coach who met their demise at Pope was released because of parent letters. Did you ever think it might be the players who aren't good enough?
November 18, 2013
GoHounds - Love ya man. Nice points. We led the county in interceptions if MDJ is correct. So your turnover comments are on the money. Still failing to address a coaches son having several personal fouls and not being disciplined for it. Witnessed it myself and sat in on parent meeting saying it wouldn't be tolerated. Not a tight ship where I come from. No excuses. Make the rules, enforce the rules. Looks real bad. Going 6A from what I hear. Get ready. We played in one of the weakest regions in 5A this year. The 6A excuse getting ready to be history. Happy Holidays!

November 13, 2013
Keeping it Real - your math is as moronic as how much you think you know about football. Coach Kemper's record at Pope is 37-27 in 6 seasons. The previous 6 seasons before he arrived Pope was a combined 18-42. If that is what the parents in the Pope district want to return to, they seem to be on the right track. Someone said they are tired of hearing "it's better than before he got here" but isn't that why a coach is hired? To make things better than before he got there? It's not only the fact that things are better than before but it's the fact that the overall program under Kemper has been very successful yet after one unfortunate season the parents seek change. I simply feel an entire body of work should be looked at and if you look at the big picture, Coach Kemper's time at Pope has been the most successful in the history of the program. If you can't at least acknowledge that and give the man a chance to get things going in the right direction, you have no class and absolutely no idea how to run a program. There must be consistency. With your ridiculous ideas of what your program should be, start looking for the guy after the next guy because he won't live up to your standards either.
I believe
November 12, 2013
Man if Wonder Why and Keeping it real are right with those figures we all outta be jumpin for joy. This is the best this guy has ever done..I'm a believer, I say I'm a believer...
Keeping it real
November 12, 2013
Kemper's record at Pope is 23-21. Not so wonderful.
Wonder why?
November 12, 2013
I took the time to look at the record for the head coach over his career before coming to Pope.

National Trail OH. 10 wins 20 losses.

Sydney OH. 11 wins 19 losses

Lima Senior OH. 3 wins 17 losses

St. Cloud FL. 11 wins 20 losses

35 wins and 76 losses overall. Not exactly stellar.
Cobb Football Fan
November 10, 2013
Definition of insanity - your comments

O Line beaten by players half their size? Not sure what game you witnessed but according to the Sequoyah roster I am looking at, you are extremely uninformed.

The COACHES did a great job with the tools they had.

Based on the facts - Pope lost quite a few key position players who did not come back this season. Unable to fill those positions with players of the same caliber makes game planning challenging. You have to tailor your game plan around the level of talent you have AND hope these young men can execute. From what I have read in the MDJ, there were several games that this took place. Unfortunately, there were several teams in the county that were stacked with bigger and faster players at multiple positions that Pope ran up against.

Pope has had numerous coaches over the years and from what I have heard from others in the media/coaching levels, the current staff has done a great job, are well liked and has brought a lot of character and integrity back to the Pope football program.

Not all seasons end up the way coaches and/or parents want but you should remember - The ultimate goal lies not in victory or defeat but in the improvement/perfection of the character of these young players.

My hopes are for continued success for the Pope program and the coaching staff.
November 09, 2013
Coach Kemper and his staff have done a wonderful job with the Pope program since taking over. Great seasons and playoff appearances. Pope has one off season and out come the spoiled brat parents and critics. If I were Coach Kemper, I'd high tail it out of there as soon as his own kids are gone. Who needs the aggravation from the obnoxious know it all parents. Pope players need to keep their chins up as there are many positives that will return next season.
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