Hometown Team: Cherokee wins heart-stopper in Rivalry Game against Sequoyah

Josh Shaw talks with CherokeeCherokee head coach Josh Shaw talks with his team before its rivalry game against Sequoyah.
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The 26th game in the Cherokee-Sequoyah rivalry will be remembered for a long time. The Warriors stopped Sequoyah’s two-point conversion attempt at the end of the game in a 26-25 victory that gave Cherokee its third straight win in the series that Sequoyah now leads 14-11-1.

It looked like Cherokee (2-0) had the game wrapped-up when it took a 26-13 lead late in the third quarter after the second touchdown pass between AJ Swann and Adarrius Harshaw.

Sequoyah (1-1) battled back to close to within one point with :18 seconds to go in the game. Chiefs’ head coach James Teter decided to go for two and the win.

The Cherokee defense was equal to the task, stopping quarterback Matthew Traynor at the goal line on a keeper.

Harshaw, who had three touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving, and running back Zi Johnson were the Offensive Players of the Week.

Harshaw had 135 yards of total offense on five catches for 111 yards and two runs totaling 24 yards.

Johnson averaged 8.4 yards per carry on 16 carries. He finished the night with 134 yards, including the below run for 44 yards.

Defensively, the Warriors were led by Tyler Goddard’s 17 solo tackles that included a sack. With his five assisted tackles, he finished the night with 23 tackles.

Below are the team’s defensive stats:

NameTotalSoloAssistTFLSackHurryFum RecCau FumIntPBUDef TDBlock Kick
T. Goddard23175 11      
Cox181431 2      
Simmons16961        
C. Goddard14104      1  
O’Keefe1284      1  
Thompson9711        
Baker761      1  
Young61311  1    
Hobson5122 1     2
Dollyhigh5122        
Holcomb4211        
Martin Jr.431         
Bieger321         
Thomas211         
Bergman211         
Montgomery2 2         
Follmer211         
Luster 1  1        
Jordan11          
Total13685391024010302

Below are the offensive numbers:

PassingCompleteAttemptsYardsTDINTAVGLong
SWANN7121352119.374
Totals7121352119.374
RushingCarriesYardsAvg.TDLong
JOHNSON161348.4 44
HARSHAW22412.0124
SWANN221.011
MOORE122.0 2
Totals211627.7244
 
ReceivingCatchesYardsAvg.TDLong
HARSHAW511122.2274
MOORE11515.0 15
RICHARDSON199.0 9
Totals713519.3274
ScoringTD2-ptXPFGReturnsTotal Points
HARSHAW3    18
SWANN1    6
STAHL  2  2
Totals4020026
PuntingPuntsYardsAvg.Inside 20Long
SWANN27035.0 36
Totals27035.0036
KickingXP-MadeXP-AttemptsFG- MadeFG-AttemptsFG-LongTouchbacksKOs
STAHL24   25
RE. CHANDLEY       
        
Totals2400025
KO ReturnsReturnsYardsAvg.TDLong
JOHNSON24824.0 30
FULLEN11616.0 16
HARSHAW11111.0 11
Totals47518.8028
PenaltiesYards
425

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