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Top Performers Week Six: Names to Know Going Into Week Seven

The second half of the Cherokee County high school football season started off with a bang as two inter-county games headlined the action. Let's look at all the best performances from week six.


The Grizzlies continue to find ways to win, offensively at home and defensively on the road. This week, Creekview was able to limit Etowah to one touchdown, while forcing two turnovers. Lee Brock added another interception to his résumé, while also disrupting multiple screen plays. Reed Anderson was seemingly unblockable when the Eagles tried to run between the tackles. The Creekview offense did something we haven't seen much of this season; converting deep passes. Austin Guest found Micheal Roach and Nathan Agyemang for passes over 50 yards. Combining this with the running game will give defensive coordinators nightmares for the rest of the season. The Grizzlies get to return to the den for three of their last four games and will prepare for River Ridge next Friday.


Etowah has had a hard time finding the end zone so far in region play, partially due to some injuries. Despite that, the offense is one of the better blocking groups in Cherokee County, thanks to pieces like Slade Ponder, Tate Nelms, and Dylan Nichols on the line. The receivers also do a great job blocking, especially Mason Mancini, Malone Pesqueira, and Tyson Lewis. The Eagles defense did a surprisingly good job, limiting the Grizzlies running game. The linebackers have developed throughout the season as run stoppers, especially Joshua Harding, and Gabriel Smith. Etowah will get a bye week to figure out who can replace some of their offensive production.

River Ridge

The Knights came up just short against Sequoyah, but the Knights play an exciting type of football that will give the rest of the region fits. The offensive line has been a work in progress this season, and over the last two games they have looked much improved. Ethan Spector has a variety of weapons to distribute the ball to, including Grant Hollier and Thomas Thompsen, who had three receiving touchdowns. The River Ridge defensive line played their best game of the year, especially Michael Fallon, Mason McLendon, and Zach Furgeson on the edges. Not to be outdone, Brice Tomlinson had double digit tackles and multiple TFL. The Knights will travel to Creekview in a crucial game to determine playoff seeding.


Sequoyah continues to find ways to win games, this time by scoring 35 points over River Ridge. As much as we focus on the defense, the offense is showing their ability to be just as effective. Brady Curl and Alex Brewer had massive games on the offensive line, as the Chiefs had most of their success on the perimeter. The three-headed monster of Will Rajecki, Jackson Hancock, and Ean Marria continue to dominate the ground game. Speaking of Hancock, he and Bretton Darling both had an interception, which was the difference on Friday. Also worth noting, Taiwo Ogundele had double digit tackles and still looks to be one of the fastest players in Cherokee County. Sequoyah will host the formidable Rome Wolves with hopes of pulling off the upset.


The Wolverines were the first Cherokee County team to face the Rome Wolves this season. For Woodstock, the score isn't as important as the ability to score against Rome, who has only allowed about 10 points per game this season. Peyton Lynch was able to find Chase Colina to get the Wolverines on the board in the fourth quarter. Defensively, The Wolverines played better than the score showed, as turnovers and special teams put them in a bad spot a few times. The secondary did a good job keeping Rome in front of them, especially Tyler Barbera and Tobias Sallee. Woodstock will host the winless Allatoona Buccaneers next Friday in hopes of keeping their playoff chances alive.

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