CHS Varsity Football fights for a Homecoming win

The CHS Varsity Football Team won their eighth game of the season on Friday, October 15, in their homecoming game against the Etowah Eagles at Tommy Baker Field with a final score of 14-13. CHS also crowned their annual Homecoming King and Queen, Tyler Presnell and Ellie Phelps.

Etowah Eagles kicked off to Cherokee to start off the first quarter. During the first quarter, both the Eagles and the Warriors held each other off.

Early in the second quarter, Etowah scored a field goal to take the lead. Furthering the lead, the Eagles scored a receiving touchdown and the PAT, heading into halftime with a score of 13-0.

During halftime, Cherokee presented the 2021 Homecoming Court and crowned the Homecoming Queen and King, Ellie Phelps and Tyler Presnell.

Homecoming King and Queen, Tyler Presnell and Ellie Phelps pose after crowning

Neither team scored during the third quarter, maintaining a score of 13-0 heading into the fourth.

Cherokee came back in the fourth quarter to lessen the gap with a receiving touchdown by wide receiver, Caleb Richardson. Cherokee secured the lead with another receiving touchdown to Caleb Richardson.

Cherokee now holds a 4-4 record.

Tommy Baker Field’s stands were packed with Warrior Pride for Homecoming.

Well before the game even started, you could feel the excitement and energy among the players and the school. We had a pep rally Friday to get ready for the game, which was extremely fun. But once the game started, for whatever reason, we weren’t able to get anything going in the first half and found ourselves in a 13-0 hole. But we made adjustments at halftime and came back out and played how we know how to play. The defense was able to shut down Etowah and get us multiple stops. Offense was finally able to capitalize off of these opportunities as AJ was able to step up and find the open receiver multiple times. Adarrius and Toby were clutch with catching crucial 4th down receptions to set us up to win the game on a couple touchdown passes from AJ to myself. The defense made one last stand where Keegan was able to pick the quarterback off and seal the win. Overall, the win felt great to come back like that and get our school the win for Homecoming.

Caleb Richardson, Wide Receiver

Game Stats:

Cherokee had 63 total plays, 18 first downs, seven penalties, and 60 penalty yards. The Warriors’ offense had 217 total passing yards, 15 carries, and 36 rushing yards. Offense also had 26 receptions and 217 receiving yards. Defense had 61 solo tackles, 30 assists and seven TFLs. The Warrior defense also had one sack, one interception, one pass deflection, and six hurries. The Warriors had two touchdowns and two PATs.

The team battled hard in their Homecoming game. We are proud of our CHS Varsity Football Warriors for their dedicated work.

The Warriors will take on Alpharetta, Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. on Tommy Baker Field, and the theme will be Togas for seniors and “Black Out” for underclassmen. Come out and support your Warriors as they face the Raiders!

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