Hometown Team – Cherokee rolls in season opener against Mays in Corky Kell Classic

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It took a couple of series before the Cherokee offense began clicking, but once quarterback AJ Swann and Company got rolling, there was no stopping the Warriors in a 52-6 win over Mays in the Corky Kell Classic at West Forsyth High School Wednesday night.

Swann, a Maryland-recruit, tossed four touchdown passes to three different receivers in the first half. He completed 14-of-18 for 247 yards.

After taking a 3-0 lead in the 1st quarter on a Joel Stahl 29-yard field, Swann hooked-up with Caleb Richardson on a 40-yard touchdown that gave the Warriors a 10-0 lead with 10:54 to go in the half.

Defensive end Toby Thompson, who has given his verbal commitment to Army, made it 17-0 when he converted a Mays’ fumble into a score.

After Mays cut the lead to 17-6, Swann connected with Aidan Moore on the first of two touchdowns to extend the lead to 31-6.

Swann’s final touchdown was a 15-yard strike to Utah-recruit Adarrius Harshaw to give the Warriors a 38-6 halftime lead. Harshaw led the team with four catches for 41 yards.

Junior running back Zi Johnson had a solid game with 35 yards rushing and two catches for 47 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Tyler Goddard led the way with six tackles, five unassisted. Defensive lineman Morgan Cox and linebacker Kyan Simmons had five tackles each.

Head coach Josh Shaw was able to get his backups valuable time in the second half.

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Score by Quarters Score 
Mays  6 
Cherokee  35 14 52 

Scoring Summary

1st 05:48 CHEROKEE Joel Stahl 29 yd field goal 
      4 plays, 2 yards, TOP 1:15 0 – 3 
2nd 10:54 CHEROKEE C. Richardson 40 yd pass from AJ Swann (Joel Stahl kick) 
      2 plays, 31 yards, TOP 0:52 0 – 10 
 09:29 CHEROKEE Toby Thompson 5 yd fumble recovery (Joel Stahl kick) 
       0 – 17 
 07:01 MAYS  Saulamon Evans 17 yd pass from Q. Johnson (Q. Johnson rush failed) 
      8 plays, 80 yards, TOP 2:28 6 – 17 
 05:35 CHEROKEE Aidan Moore 36 yd pass from AJ Swann (Joel Stahl kick) 
      5 plays, 70 yards, TOP 1:18 6 – 24 
 03:32 CHEROKEE Aidan Moore 24 yd pass from AJ Swann (Joel Stahl kick) 
      2 plays, 38 yards, TOP 0:29 6 – 31 
 02:30 CHEROKEE A. Harshaw 15 yd pass from AJ Swann (Joel Stahl kick) 
      1 play, 15 yards, TOP 0:07 6 – 38 
3rd 06:30 CHEROKEE Zi Johnson 2 yd run (Joel Stahl kick) 
      9 plays, 71 yards, TOP 3:31 6 – 45 
 02:31 CHEROKEE Pops Jameson 26 yd pass from Aidan Moore (Joel Stahl kick) 
      2 plays, 20 yards, TOP 0:49 6 – 52 

Team Statistics (Final)
2021 Corky Kell Classic
Mays vs Cherokee (08/18/2021 at West Forsyth)

 Team Totals MAYS CHEROKEE 
FIRST DOWNS 13 15 
   Rushing 
   Passing 12 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING 15 55 
   Rushing Attempts 30 22 
   Average Per Rush 0.5 2.5 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing 115 64 
   Yards Lost Rushing 100 
NET YARDS PASSING 170 288 
   Completions-Attempts-Int 12-31-1 16-22-1 
   Average Per Attempt 5.5 13.1 
   Average Per Completion 14.2 18.0 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 185 343 
   Total offense plays 61 44 
   Average Gain Per Play 3.0 7.8 
Fumbles: Number-Lost 5-2 1-1 
Penalties: Number-Yards 11-87 11-105 
PUNTS-YARDS 6-145 3-79 
   Average Yards Per Punt 24.2 26.3 
   Net Yards Per Punt 13.7 22.0 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS 2-80 9-510 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff 40.0 56.7 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff 26.5 38.9 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair Catch Yards 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 1-13-0 4-63-0 
   Average Per Return 13.0 15.8 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 2-27-0 
   Average Per Return 0.0 13.5 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 1-0-0 1-4-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 1-27-0 2-13-1 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time 26:50 21:10 
   1st Quarter 6:21 5:39 
   2nd Quarter 7:55 4:05 
   3rd Quarter 5:52 6:08 
   4th Quarter 6:42 5:18 
Third-Down Conversions 4 of 15 4 of 9 
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 4 0 of 0 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1-3 3-3 
   Touchdowns 1-3 2-3 
   Field goals 0-3 1-3 
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-3 2-10 
PAT Kicks 0-0 7-7 
Field Goals 0-0 1-2 
Points off turnovers 14 

Individual Statistics (Final)
2021 Corky Kell Classic
Mays vs Cherokee (08/18/2021 at West Forsyth)

FUMBLES: Mays-TEAM 5-2. Cherokee-TEAM 1-1.
RUSHING: Mays-Q. Johnson 11-67; Triston Morgan 8-17; Saulamon Evans 4-10;
Jalen Campbell 1-3; Jamel Thompson 1-minus 12; TEAM 5-minus 70. Cherokee-Zi
Johnson 8-35; Larry Dasher 4-12; Tre Walton 2-7; D. Jordan 4-3; TEAM 1-2; AJ
Swann 2-0; Morgan Cox 1-minus 4.

PASSING: Mays-Q. Johnson 11-27-1-162; Saulamon Evans 1-4-0-8. Cherokee-AJ
Swann 14-18-1-247; Aidan Moore 2-4-0-41.

RECEIVING: Mays-Nicolas King 5-53; Saulamon Evans 3-60; Travis Terrell
1-49; Devyon Clark 1-10; J. Carroll 1-2; J. Alexander 1-minus 4. Cherokee-A.
Harshaw 4-41; Aidan Moore 3-71; Zi Johnson 2-47; Pops Jameson 2-33; C.
Richardson 1-40; Toby Thompson 1-17; Conor Gilleland 1-15; Adam Fullen 1-14;
Joel Stahl 1-10.

INTERCEPTIONS: Mays-Travis Terrell 1-0. Cherokee-Jayce Jones 1-4.

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