Cherokee’s new 7-on-7 girls flag football team kicked off their season at the county jamboree at Woodstock High School this past Saturday. Cherokee took on Etowah and Woodstock in scrimmage games to get ready for the first season to begin. The team also played their first official game on Tuesday at Etowah High School against Woodstock.
On a cold and rainy Saturday, Cherokee began their first scrimmage against Etowah. The team finished with an 18-0 win. Quarterback, Hope Jiles, had two touchdowns, and defensive player Kylie Dunlap had a pick six to seal the win for Cherokee.
In the second scrimmage, Cherokee faced rival Woodstock. Receiver Jordyn Stanfill caught the game’s only touchdown pass from Hope Jiles to tie the game. Sadly, Cherokee could not seal the win, and the game ended in a tie 6-6.
However, the team had a chance to redeem themselves this past Tuesday during their first official game at Etowah High School. The team faced Woodstock again, but this time Cherokee won 25-7. Jordyn Stanfill had two touchdowns, including one caught from receiver Kristina Hunter. Hope Jiles also had a rushing touchdown, and Kylie Dunlap had a pick six to round off the scoring for Cherokee.
As one of the managers for Cherokee’s team, I have seen the success first hand. I am proud of the work that this team puts in daily, and I believe that they will have a great season. I also had the time to talk to some other important members of the team and asked them how they felt about this season.
We are 1-0 and that is much better than 0-1. The team is starting to come together and is figuring things out. We have asked a lot in terms of what we want to be able to do football wise and they responded positively. They come everyday with a great attitude, and I can’t say enough about the effort. I am excited to see where we’re headed.Mr. Stringfellow, head coach, on how the team is doing so far.
I love flag football because I love football in general. Being able to play on the same field that the boys do and play a similar game is really cool. I’m glad I am apart of the first team during my senior year!Kylie Dunlap, defensive captain, on why she loves being apart of the team.
We are a team. We work as a team. We play as a team. We all love each other, and that just adds another layer of connection that helps us be the best we can be. That’s how we took down Woodstock. We worked hard and played harder.Ashlyn Carroll, manager, on how the team has achieved their success.
The team also recently named their offensive and defensive captains. Congratulations to quarterback Hope Jiles and defensive player Kylie Dunlap!
Follow @chs_7on7 on Instagram for more updates. The team plays their next game on Tuesday, October 29 against Sequoyah at River Ridge! Come out and support your Lady Warriors!