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No. 4 Cheyenne Wells Ends Season Against No. 5 Otis, 44-26, in State Quarterfinals

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November 16, 2022

Despite Cheyenne Wells losing a couple of key starters at the quarterback position, the #4 Tigers played a close game with #5 Otis, but the Bulldog defense was strong and was able to control one of the top running backs in the state in senior Ty Scheler. Although the game was tied 20-20 at the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs managed to generate 24 points in the fourth quarter alone while the Tigers only added one touchdown.

Otis scored one touchdown in the first quarter while holding the Tigers scoreless leaving the first quarter scoreboard reading 8-0.

The Tigers then answered in the second quarter. On their first score they started on their own 20-yard line. Despite some penalties from both teams the Tigers slowly moved down the field capitalizing on two long pass plays from Scheler to Carson Noe and Chason Turner. They would finally score on a 2-yard punch into the end zone by sophomore quarterback Zach Dickey.

Their second score of the second quarter came on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Scheler to Noe right before the half.

Neither PAT kick attempts were good for the Tigers. The Bulldogs also managed to score one touchdown leaving the halftime score with Otis in the lead, 14-12.

In the third quarter the Bulldogs scored making the score 20-12. But the Tigers would answer Dickey found Scheler in a 34-yard touchdown pass play. That kick was good, and the score was tied at 20-apiece at the end of the third.

But the Bulldogs broke the game wide open in the fourth quarter scoring three touchdowns, all from the air, while the Tigers could only find the end zone on a 14-yard touchdown pass play from Scheler to Turner.

The Otis defense held the strong running game from the Tigers to just 56 total yards. Ty Scheler led on the ground with 19 carries for 55 very difficult yards. Dickey carried for 2 yards and one touchdown.

The Tigers had much better success from the air as Dickey was 3 for 8 attempts for 73 yards and 1 touchdown, while Scheler was 6 for 18 attempts for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns.

On the other end of the passes were Carson Noe with 4 receptions for 139 yards and one touchdown. Scheler had one reception for 34 yards and 1 touchdown, and Chason Turner added 2 receptions for 27 yards and 1 touchdown.

Defensively the Tigers were led by Scheler with 17 tackles, and freshman Trey Scheler added 15 tackles. Dickey had 14 tackles, while Noe and Bryson Hyle each had 8 tackles and Turner added 5 take downs.

The Tigers lose two exceptional seniors including Blake Gilmore who was one of the leading offensive players until he was injured early in the season in the Cheraw game. Gilmore only played 4 games but was second in yards passing with 209 and yards rushing with 493.

Ty Scheler led the team in every category racking up impressive stats this season including offensive stats of 1,357 yards rushing, 504 yards passing, and 135 yards receiving. Scheler also had 1,934 yards in kick-off returns. He led defensively with 99 tackles and 49 interceptions.

Head coach Myles Smith, in his fourth year at the helm, commented, “It is always disappointing when your season ends early, but our players should be very proud of what they overcame and accomplished this year. The way that our underclassman stepped up and played this year is very exciting moving forward. Each one of them got better each week and made big improvements this season. Our seniors, Ty Scheler and Blake Gilmore were freshmen when we started coaching. To see them grow into the players and leaders they became the last couple years has been a pleasure. They accomplished so many things over the past 4 years, and it will be hard to see them go.”

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