Game: Sequoyah (0-1) at Cherokee (1-0)
Last year: Cherokee 14, Sequoyah 0 in
All-time series: Sequoyah leads 14-10
Prediction: Cherokee 31, Sequoyah 24
One of the older rivalries in Cherokee County will renew this Friday when Sequoyah travels to Cherokee.
Sequoyah (0-1) fell 41-35 at home to Woodstock in last week’s season opener but the Chiefs staged a fourth-quarter comeback that saw them overcome a 14-point deficit to tie the game. Senior running back Jaden Mitchell led the effort, finishing the game with 15 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Mitchell also caught two balls for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Cleaning up mistakes on special teams — namely kickoff coverage — will be one of the focuses for the Chiefs this week.
“Obviously, we gotta get better on special teams,” Sequoyah coach James Teter said. “If we take care of those issues last week, we have a chance to win.”
The Cheifs should be pleased with the offensive production in Week 1. Sequoyah sophomore Matthew Traynor finished his first varsity start 5-for-10 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. More importantly for a Wing-T offense, the Chiefs controlled the ball (60 plays to 39 for Woodstock) and established the run with Mitchell and junior Aidan Moore.
Defensively, Sequoyah was led by senior Joseph Silva who finished a team-highs in tackles (8) and tackles-for-loss (2). Junior Avery Born recorded Sequoyah’s first sack of the season and added a forced fumble. The Chiefs’ will want to improve their rush defense, however, as they allowed 192 yards on the ground (5.2 average) against Woodstock.
Cherokee (1-0) began its season on a high note last week, as the Warriors defeated Carver (Atlanta) 38-12 at home in the opening game of the Corky Kell Classic. Junior running back Kieth Adams Jr. was excellent in three quarters of play, totaling 174 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 17 carries.
Cherokee fans also saw several players step up on both sides of the ball in Week 1. Junior defensive lineman Toby Thompson finished with a team-high five tackles and one sack while senior defensive back Riley Lyons added five tackles and one interception. Juniors Keegan Baker (50-yard punt return) and Adam Fullen (67-yard touchdown reception) also displayed big-play ability while senior Hayden Shockley looked like a reliable receiving option with a team-high three receptions for 64 yards.
The Warriors did have three turnovers offensively — one interception and two fumbles — which coach Josh Shaw said was an area of emphasis while watching film.
“Obviously the offensive turnovers, that’s something that has to be eliminated,” Shaw said. “It put us defensively in some bad situations.”
Cherokee fans also saw several players step up on both sides of the ball in Week 1. Defensive lineman Toby Thompson finished with five tackles and a sack while defensive back Riley Lyons added five tackles and an interception. Keegan Baker (50-yard punt return) and Adam Fullen (67-yard touchdown reception) also displayed big-play ability while Hayden Shockley looked like a reliable receiving option with three receptions for 64 yards.
Shaw said there will also be a concerted effort to get junior receiver Adarrius Harshaw more involved in the offense.
“One thing that has to be an emphasis is Adarrius Harshaw has to get more than three touches,” Shaw said. “Obviously we’ve got some talented kids on that side of the ball and hopefully that can open things up for other guys.”
Cherokee junior quarterback A.J. Swann re-entered the game last week after leaving with an apparent injury and should be cleared to play in this Week 2 matchup.