TECUMSEH – The Chieftains improved to 2-0 on the season with a 18-0 shutout of Tecumseh Friday night.
Seminole tailback Jamon Dennis went down with a knee injury early in the game and the team relied upon Cameron Gunville to carry the load.
“We lost a really good player in Jamon Dennis so that put a damper on things tonight,” coach Mike Snyder said. “We made a few mental mistakes that we will have to figure out. Our defense played well and we did just enough offensively to get the win.”
Gunville scored the first touchdown of the game on a 13-yard run. The two point conversion failed and the Chieftains took a 6-0 lead with 7:47 left in the second quarter.
The Seminole passing attack started to click as the game went on, and Cade Hammond hooked up with Carson Taylor for the second Chieftain touchdown of the evening. The two-point conversion failed and with 1:55 left in the first half, Seminole led 12-0.
Seminole came out firing in the third quarter and marched down the field on their first possession. Hammond hooked up with Chico Baker for a 21-yard pass that gave Seminole their final points of the evening.
Gunville led all rushers with 135 yards on 25 carries. His touchdown was the only rushing score of the game.
Hammond led all passers with 94 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball twice for 22 yards. Both rushing attempts went for first downs.
Baker's four receptions went for 57 yards and a touchdown. Saybion Battles hauled in four receptions for 24 yards.
Seminole's Jared Stewart was relentless on defense, recording three sacks. Sophomore defensive end Grant House added one sack in the win.
Micah Boyce led Tecumseh with 38 yards rushing. Jaylen Walker carried the ball eight times for 27 yards.
Clayton Rackley recorded an interception for the Savages.
Seminole (2-0) will host Wewoka Sept. 14. Tecumseh (1-1) will face Bridge Creek on the road next week.