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Creekview vs Sequoyah: Bragging rights and more on the line this year in the Battle of East Cherokee

Scouting the Grizzlies

The Creekview Grizzlies picked up a big region win last week over River Ridge. The Grizzlies had two one hundred yard rushers last week as Austin Guest and Mason Munn went over the century mark, while Michael Roach made a few spectacular grabs, scored a touchdown and also had over 100 yards receiving. Much of the offenses credit should go to the Creekview offensive line who has paved the way for over 1,650 rushing yards on the year. They probably don’t get enough credit, but hats off to Pierson Sears, Dillon Bowling, Brayden Grantham, Fernando Zurita, Beckett Singleton, Cam Mears and Andrew Rosinksi who have all had an impact blocking for the Grizzlies at some point this season. Defensively, we probably don’t pay enough attention to the Creekview secondary, because know one jumps out at you on paper from a physical standpoint. However, Andrew Adams, Josh Tuten, Lee Brock and Evan Wayland have held their own against bigger receivers all season long. They are a key cog in the defense that is allowing 18.4 points per game.

Scouting the Chiefs

The Sequoyah Chiefs dropped their first region game of the year last week and now look to focus their attention on Creekview. The Chiefs were held to 115 yards of total offense in defeat. Sequoyah is averaging 225.7 yards per game. They’ve used a relatively balanced attack as they are averaging 108.6 yards per game on the ground and 117.1 yards per game through the air. They are 4-0 when they have run for more than 70 yards as a team. In their three losses, they were held to under 55 yards rushing each time. This week, the onus will be on Alex Brewer, Carter Ligetti, Dmitri Morris, Asher Martineau, Colton Bass, Kehinde Ogundele and Brady Curl to help establish the line of scrimmage and pave the way for Will Rajecki (286 yards, 2-TDs), Jackson Hancock (203 yards, 1-TD) and Ean Marria (181 yards, 1-TD). Defensively, we haven’t mentioned the Chiefs linebacker group, but they have been very effective this season at stopping the run and Taiwo Ogundele might be one of the fastest backers in the county. He’s missed a couple of games due to injury and is still ranked 3rd on the team in tackles and sacks.

Pundit's Pick

As with most rivalry games, these two teams are very familiar with each other. These young men have competed against each other for several years, going back to their CYFA days. The winner of this game will have the inside track to hosting a first round playoff game the second weekend in November. If Creekview can find a way to stifle the Sequoyah ground game and force Sequoyah to throw the football they should be in a great position to have success. Conversely, if Sequoyah can chew up yards on the ground and control the clock, we like their chances. Sequoyah has had a stranglehold on county opponents over the last few seasons. We don’t see that changing this week. Chiefs bounce back…Sequoyah by 3.

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