Carlmont 14 – Sequoia 7 / November 2, 2018 at Sequoia
The Carlmont Scots (8-2) erased the bitter memory of last year’s overtime loss to the Sequoia Cherokees (3-7) by defeating the Cherokees 14-7 in the 65th meeting between the two schools. The Scots’ victory also allowed them to take home the Terremere Trophy for the first time since 2011. The trophy, named after legendary Sequoia coach Al Terremere, has come to symbolize the rivalry between the two schools and winning it bestows bragging rights on the victor. The Scots dominated the first half by running 31 plays for 196 yards and two touchdowns while holding Sequoia to 16 plays for 77 yards and no scores. Scot senior running back Miles Taye scored the game’s first points with a 1 yard burst into the end zone midway through the first quarter, and Scot junior running back Jonaven Kuhn tallied his ninth rushing touchdown of the season with a 6 yard sprint early in the second quarter. The other offensive highlight for Carlmont was senior running back Julian Morin’s 21 carries for 118 yards which pushed his season rushing total to 1260 yards. The Scots’ defense also played a key role in the first half shutout, especially Scot senior defensive back Ralphie Holmes who recovered a Cherokee fumble in the first quarter to halt a Sequoia drive and Holmes intercepted a broken play pass that started with a high snap on a Cherokee punt. However, before the Scots could get comfortable with their 14-0 first half lead, Sequoia came storming back in the third quarter. The Cherokees held Carlmont to just 35 yards on the ground in the third frame while Sequoia runners were averaging nearly 5 yards per carry until Scot senior linebacker Darian Dennler forced a fumble to end one Sequoia drive and Scot defensive back Julian Morin recovered a second fumble near the end of the third quarter to stop the Cherokees in their tracks. The fourth quarter was full of twists and turns. Carlmont sophomore quarterback Siupeli Netane completed a 20 yard pass to Scot senior running back Simon Tara but the ball popped free and was covered by Cherokee senior linebacker Sione Tuiaki near the Sequoia 30 yard line with 9:59 remaining in the game. On the Cherokees first play from scrimmage, Carlmont’s senior defensive lineman Sam Vaea pounced on a loose ball to return possession to Carlmont. The Scots started moving the ball and it appeared as if a Terremere Trophy shutout would be preserved until Sequoia senior defensive back Keith Knecht intercepted a Netane pass with 5:08 remaining in the game. The Cherokees were able to convert the turnover into a touchdown when Cherokee quarterback Sione Tuiaki found wide receiver Albert Tuakalau in the end zone with a 9 yard aerial strike at the 3:55 mark. With the score standing at Carlmont 14 – Sequoia 7, the Cherokees executed an onside kick which was recovered by Cherokee senior linebacker Robert Marticorena. Sequoia moved the ball to Carlmont’s 24 yard line but the rally came to a halt when Scot senior defensive lineman Daniel Taumalolo tackled Cherokee running back Davansh Mehra for a loss, then Scot Ralphie Holmes’ solid tackle at the line of scrimmage, plus two incomplete Cherokee passes. With the regular season over, Carlmont now hopes to take its potent offensive rushing machine and its opportunistic defense into the CCS playoffs.
Q-1 7:22 CHS M. Taye 1 yard run (N. Franchi kick)
Q-2 10:54 CHS Jonaven Kuhn 6 yard run (N. Franchi kick)
Q-4 3:55 SHS A. Tuakalau 9 yard pass from S. Tuiaki (D. Tuakalau kick)
CHS 7 7 0 0 14
SHS 0 0 0 7 7