Brothers spark Sequoyah win
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Saturday, October 27, 2012
10/27/12 at 6:13 AM
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MUSKOGEE - It looked like a football play twins might have cooked up in the backyard. And it took twins to make it work Friday night.
Kyle Helsley's 65-yard halfback option pass to twin brother Ryan Helsley was the big play in eighth-ranked Tahlequah Sequoyah's 28-0 win over ninth-ranked Hilldale, clinching the District 3A-7 championship.
"This week was actually the first time we starting practicing it because we expected our seniors to be out and we had to come up with some kind of trick play to win," said Ryan Helsley, who also caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brent Scott.
The Helsleys weren't among eight players who learned Monday they might be ineligible because they had violated an OSSAA rule governing participation in summer camps. But on Thursday, they too learned they might miss the game, until a district court judge in ruled Friday in their favor.
The play started with Scott throwing the ball deep in the backfield to left-handed Kyle Helsley, who lofted the ball downfield. Ryan Helsley caught the ball in stride and raced to the TD.
"I was surprised when it worked," Ryan Helsley said. "I don't want to dog my brother too much, but I didn't know if he could throw it that well."
The Indians are 8-1, 5-0 in district. Hilldale is 7-2, 4-2.
Tah. Sequoyah 28, Hilldale 0
S: K.Helsley 64 pass from Scott (Cully kick)
S: R.Helsley 65 pass from K.Helsley (Cully kick)
S: Smith 3 run (Cully kick)
S: R.Helsley 27 pass from Scott (Cully kick)
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