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River Ridge vs Sequoyah: Knights looking to solve Chiefs dominant defense

Scouting the Knights

The River Ridge Knights opened up region play with a win the last time ourt and will come now face one of the best defenses in the county. Last time out, it was Camden Cox showcasing his versatility as he rushed for 2 touchdown and added a receiving touchdown as well. Cox runs with a nice combination of power and speed. He’s a back that isn’t afraid to run in between the tackles behind the blocking of linemen like Jon Faletra, Tomas Perez and center Daniel Green. Quarterback Ethan Spector has a bevy of receivers to throw to as Grant Hollier, Thomas Tompsen, Sam Vincent, Isaiah Couhglin and Nik Bryant have proven to be reliable pass catchers. Defensively, all eyes should be on the River Ridge linebackers Brandon Burdette, Will Hughes, Brice Tomlinson and Wyatt McCarty. This unit will be called on to slow down a physical Sequoyah offense.

Scouting the Chiefs

The Sequoyah Chiefs look to continue their mastery of Cherokee County this week as they have won seven consecutive games against county opposition. While the Chiefs have not necessarily lit up the scoreboard this season, the offense has been consistent. Quarterback Colby Martin has guided the offense, completing over 62% of his passes on the season. He’s joined in the backfield by Will Rajecki and Ean Marria as the duo has provided a formidable 1-2 punch. Throw in the versatile Jackson Hancock and you have an offense that is capable of making explosive plays from anywhere on the field. Sequoyah’s defense is allowing 23.2 points per game, but in their last 7 games against county opponents, the Chiefs are allowing just 9.7 points pre game. While much of the attention will be on Hancock and Bretton Darling in the secondary, Cam Walker has come up with a couple of impressive interceptions at his cornerback position.

Pundit's Pick

This game has all of the signs of a slugfest. The question will be whether River Ridge can win the turnover battle and establish the ground game. For Sequoyah, we expect them to continue to use the short and intermediate passing game along with the ground attack of Rajecki, Marria and Hancock. That’s been a recipe for success over the last three games for the Chiefs. We believe it works this week. Sequoyah by 9.

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