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Top Performers Week 2: Names to Know Going Into Week 3

With two games under each team’s belt, the season is starting to take shape. Let's take a look at the notable performances from around Cherokee County from Friday.


The Warriors may be the best 0-2 team in the state. The Warriors were only a few mistakes away from beating Etowah on Friday, but Cherokee showed they still belong in the conversation for the best team in Cherokee County. The Warriors offensive line dominated most of the game, especially showing growth in the run game. Noland Painter got the start at center and played very well. The tackles Spencer Kelley and Patrick Crowley did an excellent job picking up linebacker blitzes for most of the night. We mentioned Gracen Sexton last week and his good work continued this week, being a reliable target again for Savasir. Christian Irwin was strong late in the game, adding a touchdown and providing punishment to a tired Eagles defense. The defense was impressive considering they limited an explosive team to only 3 touchdowns. Javon Hobson added a sack to his season total, along with Weston Bergman reeling in an interception.


Creekview proved that last weeks win wasn't a fluke, following it up with a 31-9 win over Hillgrove. Austin Guest was again electric, with three touchdown passes, two to Micheal Roach, and one more to Cal Schubert. On the line, Beckett Singleton plays on both sides of the ball and had a nice game Friday. The defense looks to be back to the traditional Creekview defense fans have come to expect. Safety Lee Brock made some crucial stops on routes over the middle to keep Hillgrove to short gains. Corners Evan Wayland and Andrew Adams have solidified the Creekview secondary, making the Grizzlies a hard team to attack. Creekview has vaulted themselves into the conversation as one of Cherokee County’s best teams.


The Eagles handled their toughest test in their out of region schedule on Friday, with a 28-26 win over Cherokee that came down to the wire. If you didn't know the name Jack Strickland, you do now. Strickland led Etowah on the all important drive that led to the game winning field goal along with a passing and rushing touchdown. Xavier Mahoney may be the best all around athlete in Cherokee County, tallying a receiving touchdown, rushing touchdown, and passing for a 2 point conversion. Mason Mancini was the most reliable target of the night, especially on the game winning drive. Malone Pesquiera was utilized in the passing game as well as the triple option package (yes they really did that). The defense was able to make plays when they needed to, especially Joshua Harding who had two sacks. Vinny Pacini and Davinci Allen had an interception each. Combining those with a forced fumble, the Eagles defense was able to bend but not break for most of the night.

River Ridge

The Knights were hoping for more offense on Friday and they got their wish with a 45-31 win over Pope. River Ridge was able to get production all over the field, Camden Cox, Nik Bryant, Grant Hollier, and Isaiah Coughlin were all big parts of River Ridge explosion, with Ethan Spector distributing the ball well. The defense had to outlast the Greyhounds and survive a late rally. Christian Pansera was all over the field throughout the night from his safety position. Revis McClairen gets the honor of being a corner who Pope never really tried to test, a testament to his coverage outside. On the line, Michael Fallon was a force, forcing many plays back inside to the teeth of the defense.


The Chiefs had another tough task on Friday, taking on the Rabun Gap Eagles, a team loaded with Power Five talent. Despite a rough score, the Chiefs again showed flashes. Kolby Martin again showed growth facing a stout Rabun Gap pass rush. Brooks Darling got some action on the offensive side of the ball and had a handful of catches, including one for 50+ yards. Will Rajecki got some more traditional looks at RB, and found the endzone for the only score of the night. Athlete Jackson Hancock was able to reel in an interception from his safety position in the red zone. Safety Bretton Darling was all over the field making tackles, making that duo one of the best safety combos in Georgia.


The Wolverines looked much improved from week one to week two, that may not have won but growth is what fans should be looking for at this point. The offense looked more in sync, Luke Renninger added a touchdown reception to his resume, on a deep throw from Peyton Lynch. RB Evan Stacey was able to find more room this week, thanks to better blocking from the offensive line and the tight ends. The defense added LB Kaheem Davis, a transfer from Cedar Grove, who provided some extra physicality. Elijah Cofer was able to recover a fumble, as the Wolverines continue to make opposing offenses turn the ball over more than anticipated. Woodstock continues to improve, and quite frankly, impressed in their performance vs Hiram.

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