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Top Performers Scrimmage Week: Names to Know Going Into Week 1


Scrimmage week has come and gone, meaning we are finally ready to start the football season! Before we get into the games and matchups of week one, let's take a look back at the top performers of scrimmage week.


Cherokee

The Warriors were tied with the Creekview Grizzlies at the end of 'varsity play' last Friday after being down by 14. One of the key pieces to the Warriors' comeback was WR Kaden 'Pops' Jameson, who caught both touchdown passes to equalize the score. TE Wyatt Tash is also worth mentioning as he appeared to be QB Tanner Savasir's favorite target in the first half. The Cherokee receiving core is one of the deepest in Cherokee County, and it showed Friday night. Defensively, DL Kenyon Hunter and DL Javon Hobson provided some much-needed pressure on Creekview throughout the night. LB Brayden Nuckolls was a player who saw some snaps throughout the night and impressed.

Creekview

Creekview answered a lot of questions about their offense last Friday with some well-put-together drives after a slow start, giving them a 14-point lead before Cherokee clawed back to tie it. TE Michael Roach provided QB Austin Guest with a sure-handed target all night, while WR Jackson Stanley proved to be an explosive target out of the slot. Creekview was able to rack up 3 sacks in the first half thanks to the efforts of DL Trey Thomas, DL Griffin Jane, and LB Reed Anderson, who each got to the QB once. The dynamic brother duo of Alex and Austin Penrod may not be featured this year, but the future is bright at Creekview.

Etowah

Etowah and Sprayberry only combined for 23 points last Friday, but the Eagles were leading when the starters were pulled. Offensively, WR Malone Pesqueira continued his good production from last season. The offensive line was solid for the Eagles; G Tate Nelms continued his good work. Defensively, LB Kristian Nelson showed that he has grown into a strong option for Etowah. DL Tajhaun Fabian allowed the LB core to thrive behind him; he will be a pivotal part of the Eagles' defense this season.

River Ridge

The Knights got out to a fast start over Wheeler on Friday, leading at the half 30-6. QB Ethan Spector had an incredible night, distributing the ball to ATH Isaiah Coughlin, WR Nik Bryant, and TE Thomas Thompsen. The offensive line looked solid with Jonathan Faletra and Daniel Green providing experience and leadership. Defensively, the Knights put together a complete team effort, with all position groups playing well. A few standouts include DB Revis McClairen and LB Will Hughes.

Sequoyah

Sequoyah led Denmark 10-6 at the half before eventually falling 23-10 to the Danes. The offense was driven by a much more experienced and poised Kolby Martin. The Chiefs have plenty of options on offense; RB Tyler Bell had a big night along with RB/FB/TE Ean Marria, who proved his worth as a blocker and pass catcher. The defense didn't miss a step, holding the Danes to 6 in the first half. Much like last year, Sequoyah has no obvious flaws on defense, with LB Taiwo Ogundele and ATH/S Jackson Hancock continuing their good work from last year. New DL Nathan Boronat also made some big plays for the Chiefs.

Woodstock

It's always important to keep scrimmages in perspective, but Woodstock fans have to be happy with what they saw on August 4th with a 24-21 win over Cambridge. New Head Coach Dan Devine established a new identity for Woodstock Football, and it is physical. Notable players on offense include QB Peyton Lynch, OL Cameron Lavette, WR Chase Colina, and WR/TE Elijah Wadsworth, all played very well in the new system. The defense was equally impressive, with LB Drew Burmeister, DB Tyler Barbera, and DL Tate Washington, all providing excellent play at each level.

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