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Sequoyah Stuns Cherokee In Another Instant Classic

This rivalry has become one of the most controversial and closely contested in Cherokee County, this year was no different.

The game started as a defensive slugfest, as each team struggled to score, with Jackson Hancock coming up with a pick on Cherokee's first drive. Sequoyah's quarterback, Kolby Martin, orchestrated an impressive drive that culminated in a 5-yard touchdown run, giving the Chiefs an early 7-0 lead with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter.

However, the Warriors quickly responded with a touchdown of their own. Tanner Savasir, showing his speed, outran the Chiefs' defense for a 7-yard touchdown run. As the first quarter came to a close, the score was deadlocked at 7-7, setting the stage for another close game.

The second quarter saw both teams displaying solid defensive efforts, with neither able to find the end zone. However, the Warriors managed to break the deadlock just before halftime. Reed Chandley's reliable leg connected on a 29-yard field goal, putting Cherokee ahead 10-7 as the teams headed into the locker rooms.

The third quarter continued to be a defensive struggle with Tre Walton recovering a fumble. With Chandley's kicking prowess on display once again, he nailed a 32-yard field goal, extending Cherokee's lead to 13-7 with 1:42 left in the quarter.

As the game entered the fourth quarter, Sequoyah found themselves trailing but far from defeated. Kolby Martin, demonstrating his leadership and composure under pressure, engineered a crucial drive. With only 55 seconds left in the game, he connected with Tyler Bell on an 11-yard touchdown pass. A successful extra point gave the Chiefs a narrow 14-13 lead, and they held on to secure the victory.

Both defenses stepped up for their respective teams, especially Javon Hobson, Kenyon Hunter and Brayden Knukolls for Cherokee; and Jackson Hancock, Ean Marria, and Anthony Santana for Sequoyah.

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