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Sequoyah vs Cherokee: Old Rivals ready for grudge match on Friday night

Scouting the Chiefs

The Sequoyah Chiefs have their final tune-up before region play begins as they host rival Cherokee. The Warriors got into the win column last week, upending Class 4A power Cedartown. It was a grind it out game but the Chiefs found a way to get the ground game going. Expect to see more of Ean Marria, Will Rajecki, Jackson Hancock and Eli Jurgenson in the backfield. Not only has Hancock been used as a running back, he is dangerous as a receiver and a return man. Hancock will also patrol the secondary at his safety position on defense. Kolby Martin continues to show confidence in leading this Chiefs offense week to week. He’s thrown for 359 yards, and 3-TDs while completing 58% of his passes.

Scouting the Warriors

The Cherokee offense struck early and often last week as they scored 42 points in the first half against Woodstock. Plenty of Warriors got involved in the scoring last week including running backs Jared Jones and Christian Irwin as well as receivers Echols, Jameson, Sexton and Tash. Irwin leads the team with 165 yards rushing while the aforementioned quartet of receivers has combined for 46 receptions for 516 yards and 6-TDs. The Warriors continue to find consistency on the ground while quarterback Tanner Savasir looks more and more comfortable making plays each week through the air. The junior quarterback has thrown for 658 yards and 4-TDs completing 67% of his passes. Defensively, the trio of Chase Montgomery, Javon Hobson and J.D. Burn have been a problem for opposing offense and we don’t expect that to change this week.

Pundit's Pick

The last time Sequoyah hosted Cherokee, the game ended on a controversial call. And last season, Jackson Hancock made a couple of game changing plays to help lead the Chiefs to victory. However, the Warriors have been a little more consistent on offense to date and we believe they get to .500 this week. Cherokee by 6.

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