The CHS Varsity Football Team won their last game of the season on Friday Nov. 4, against the Kennesaw Mountain Mustangs away at Cobb EMC Mustang Stadium with a final score of 30-14.
Cherokee entered the game with a weight on their shoulders. The Warriors had to win by at least 8 points to make it to the playoffs.
At the beginning of the game, the Mustangs quickly took charge pulling ahead by fourteen in the first quarter. Kennesaw Mountain led 14-0 heading into the second quarter.
Turning it around, Cherokee began to escalate quickly during the second quarter. With a receiving touchdown by Junior, Pops Jameson, a field goal by Junior, Reed Chandley, and a rushing touchdown by Senior, Daniel Young, Cherokee took the lead. Cherokee ended the half leading 17-14.
During the scoreless third quarter, Cherokee was able to hold the Mustangs back. The score remained 17-14 until the fourth quarter.
Cherokee was able to take the lead by 9 with a phenomenal 52 yard field goal by Senior, Rodion Averianov, setting the school record for longest field goal. If Cherokee could keep the gap they’d be headed to the playoffs. With a pass interception by Senior, Ryane Martin, Cherokee furthered their lead to 30-14 in the last few minutes of the game. The Warriors defense was able to stop the Mustangs and hold them to no more points.
The Warriors were victorious and will now enter the postseason playoffs playing the Milton Eagles.
Cherokee now holds a 2-3 region record.
It was a completely different feel to the game since everyone knew it could be our last game. The energy was higher and everyone knew what was at stake, and I think that it was a huge part in the outcome of the game and led to us taking the win.Chase Montgomery, Outside Linebacker
First quarter was a little rough playing Kennesaw Mountain, but once we got some stops, we clicked. The offense came through and put the defense in good spots to hold them at 14 points. We are going to take that energy and that drive to Milton to show them what we are made of.Keynon Hunter, Defensive End
The team battled hard in their last game of the season. We are proud of our CHS Varsity Football Warriors for their diligent work.
The Warriors will take on Milton, Saturday Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium. Come out and support your Warriors as they face the Eagles!