Cherokee Varsity Football prepares for the daunting upcoming season

The CHS Varsity Football Team initiated their challenging upcoming season with an away, preseason scrimmage game on Friday, Aug. 5, against the Creekview Grizzlies; the final score was 28-7.

The season schedule indicates many arduous opponents throughout the season such as West Forsyth, North Cobb and Kennesaw Mountain. The Warriors will begin the season playing Cartersville, who went undefeated last season, in their home opener this Friday.

With the majority of Cherokee’s starters last year being seniors, this year’s team will need to learn to work together and cooperate.

The Warriors revealed many strengths and weaknesses during the Creekview scrimmage.

The scrimmage started out rough; however, Cherokee’s defense shined when safety, Zi Johnson, scored with a pick-6.

Safety, Zi Johnson, intercepts a Creekview pass to run it back for 6. [Photo Credit: Claire Green Photography]

I like scrimmages against other schools because it gives you a chance to see a “progress report” of where your team stands, after your summer and pre-season workouts/practices.  We always tell ourselves that it’s not a good practice to get too high (emotionally), nor get too low, based on a scrimmage game.  Scrimmages are glorified practices where you may not “game plan” much for your opponent, because you are more concerned with continuing to work on your base offense or your base defense.  With that being said, we found out the other night how many things we need to work on before we get to our first game and as we embark on our non-region schedule through the first five games.

We are constantly making adjustments each and every day to our personnel and our scheme so that we can put our players in the best position possible, in order to help the team achieve success.  Guys that may have played offense, as their primary position all summer, may be asked to switch over to the defensive side of the ball, and vice versa.  We use the first five non-region games to constantly evaluate, in hopes that by the time the region schedule begins, we will be performing at or near our highest level of proficiency. 

Coach Jeremy Law

Going against Creekview was an eye opener to the team as a whole. Aside from getting defeated, it was just a scrimmage. We will have a tough season ahead, but going into it, we will become stronger and practice harder in order to make it to the playoffs.

Reed Chandley, Kicker

We have to keep coming together as a team and play with an edge when the lights come on.

Spencer Radnoti, Long Snapper

Season Schedule:

  • Aug. 19 @ Home vs. Cartersville
  • Aug. 26 Away @ Etowah
  • Sept. 2 @ Home vs. Woodstock
  • Sept. 9 @ Home vs. Sequoyah
  • Sept. 16 Away @ West Forsyth
  • Oct. 7 Away @ Wheeler
  • Oct. 14 @ Home vs. Osborne
  • Oct. 21 Away @ Walton
  • Oct. 28 @ Home vs North Cobb
  • Nov. 4 Away @ Kennesaw Mountain

[Photo Credit: Claire Green Photography]

The team battled hard in their preseason scrimmage in preparation for the upcoming season. We are proud of our CHS Varsity Football Warriors for their diligent work and excited for the upcoming season.

The Warriors will take on Cartersville, Friday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at home at Tommy Baker Field, and the theme will be Neon Construction Out. Come out and support your Warriors as they face the Hurricanes!

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