Paige Horton helped Etowah salvage its tri-match Tuesday, with the Lady Eagles following up a loss to Lassiter with a win over Pope.
<BR>Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter
Paige Horton helped Etowah salvage its tri-match Tuesday, with the Lady Eagles following up a loss to Lassiter with a win over Pope.
Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter
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Night one of mixed fortunes for Etowah
by Adam Carrington
acarrington@cherokeetribune.com
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Paige Horton helped Etowah salvage its tri-match Tuesday, with the Lady Eagles following up a loss to Lassiter with a win over Pope.
<BR>Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter
Paige Horton helped Etowah salvage its tri-match Tuesday, with the Lady Eagles following up a loss to Lassiter with a win over Pope.
Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter
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MARIETTA — Etowah didn’t have the best of days in Tuesday night’s Area 5AAAAAA tri-match against Lassiter and Pope, but at least it ended well. Etowah’s play on the back row, which is normally a strength, was out of sorts, and it showed in a 25-17, 25-19 loss to host Lassiter. And it didn’t get much better in the first two sets against Pope, even though the Lady Eagles were ahead for the majority of the time. What they needed was a wake-up call, and they got it when the Lady Greyhounds rallied from four match points down to win the second set and send the match into the third. Once the third set did begin, Etowah appeared more organized, taking over the match before winning 25-20, 24-26, 25-13. And with Pope beating Lassiter in three sets in the nightcap, the Eagles (29-8) are still in a third-place tie with the Greyhounds behind Walton and Lassiter with a 4-2 area record. “We started talking about the importance of area play (in the third set) and started playing our game,” Etowah coach Kim Robertson said. “Our serve-receive was horrible and, in the third set, we just had to adjust to the atmosphere. We finally came out with the intensity that we should have had in the beginning.” Etowah’s back-row issues came mostly on serve-receive, where the Lady Eagles had difficulty getting the ball to their setters. They also struggled in passing the ball on the back row and often looked out of position. Etowah’s Paige Horton and Nicole Ferris combined for a block to take an 8-6 lead in the third set, and that’s when the Lady Eagles began taking over the final set and the match. Their passing continued to improve and they started pulling away midway through the third, when they went on a four-point run on Ferris’ serve that ended when setter Sydney Hotaling dumped the ball in the open lead. The Lady Eagles held a 16-8 lead, making it difficult for Pope to mount a rally. The lead eventually stretched to double digits on back-to-back kills by Horton. “Our kids came out strong and we did not let (Pope) come back,” Robertson said. Natalie Lucco led the Lady Eagles with eight kills against Pope and had three service aces. Horton finished with six kills, two solo blocks and two block-assists and Jessie Cohen added five kills. Etowah had a golden opportunity to put Pope away in two sets, however, after going on a seven-point spurt on Lucco’s serve to take a comfortable 21-15 lead. But after taking a 24-20 lead on a Pope serving error, the Lady Eagles couldn’t put the Lady Greyhounds away. Pope’s Kristen Phillips took serve and started the comeback with an ace. Etowah was then called for stepping under the net, and a blooper on the back row allowed the Lady Greyhounds to tie it. An Etowah hitting error gave Pope set point, and the Lady Greyhounds clinched it on a Phillips kill.
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Reinhardt looks to build off weekend of records
by Emily Horos
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With nearly 700 yards of offense, it should come as no surprise that a few records fell as Reinhardt beat Bethel 65-35 on Saturday. In addition to L.J. Stegall, who became the Eagles’ first 1,000-yard rusher, setting a new mark for rushing yards in a game with 152, receiver Aaron Kennedy put his name in the record book, too. Kennedy, just three weeks removed from seeing his playing time limited by injury, set Reinhardt records in receptions (13) and receiving yards (172). Throwing those passes was another record-setter in Johnathon Chamblee. The sophomore quarterback completed a record 23 passes in 33 attempts. The Eagles finished with 681 yards of offense, with 403 coming on the ground and 278 from Chamblee. Reinhardt’s offense ran 97 plays. ROAD WARRIORS: The Eagles continued to achieve their best results when playing on the road. Reinhardt is 2-3 this season, with both of those wins coming on the road. The only away game the team has lost this season was at Mercer — which also happens to be the only time Reinhardt played another team from Georgia. Over the last two years, the Eagles are 6-0 when playing outside of Georgia and just 2-7 when playing within the state. “We seem to play well when we spend the night away from home,” coach Danny Cronic said. “We get a little closer to one another.” Cronic said he can understand why teams at the Division I level will stay in a hotel even, when they play at home. “I have no doubt why they do that,” Cronic said. “I mean, they are eating good, and all of that is positive when we are away from home.” SHORT FIELD: Reinhardt worked with short field several times against Bethel and came away with a touchdown each time. The Eagles first capitalized on the short field in the first quarter, when Ian McIntosh capped a 29-yard drive with a touchdown on the third play. The Reinhardt defense forced a turnover during Bethel’s next possession to give the Eagles’ offense another drive starting in Bethel territory. That drive covered 39 yards in five plays and ended with another McIntosh touchdown. The trend continued into the second quarter, when Bethel fumbled on the first play of the period, and Reinhardt recovered on the 9-yard line. After inching closer to the end zone, the Eagles’ Deonte Dennis pushed the ball into the end zone from a yard out. Later, in the fourth quarter, Reinhardt received favorable field position when it recovered an onside kick following a Bethel touchdown. That drive by the Eagles was finished with a 22-yard touchdown run by Stegall. CATCHING A BREAK: Throughout the season, it seems the Eagles have committed penalties at all the wrong times, and calls rarely went in their favor, but it was their turn to get a little help Saturday. On fourth-and-11 deep inside Bethel territory, Reinhardt elected to go for it. The pass by Chamblee fell incomplete, but a flag was thrown for pass interference. Reinhardt moved half the distance to the goal and received a fresh set of downs. Two plays later, Niagel Curtis punched the ball in from a yard out to make it 35-14. GETTING DEFENSIVE: Reinhardt entered the game struggling to get off the field on fourth down, but it limited Bethel to a 3-of-11 success rate on conversions. D.J. Brown provided several defensive highlights. He had four tackles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass. COMING UP: Reinhardt will be back in action for its sixth consecutive week when it hosts Union for Saturday’s noon homecoming at Ken White Field. The game will be the last chance for fans to see the Eagles in Waleska for more than a month. The Eagles will have a bye week Oct. 11 before heading out on the road to face Belhaven on Oct. 18 and Cumberlands on Oct. 25. Reinhardt will have another bye Nov. 1 before traveling to Tennessee to take on Cumberland the following week. The Eagles will finally play in front of a home crowd again Nov. 15, for their regular-season finale against Campbellsville.
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Around the County: Harris awarded for 417 yards
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After finishing with 417 total yards Friday against Pope, Cherokee’s Andrew Harris was named one of his team’s players of the week when the Cherokee County Gridiron Club announced its honorees. Harris had 10 receptions for 204 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball once for a 47-yard touchdown, he intercepted a pass and returned it 91 yards for another score and returned three kickoffs for 75 yards. Also named an offensive player of the week was quarterback Spencer Ashley, who was 28-for-37 passing for 429 yards and five touchdowns. The other award-winners were Cherokee were Jamori Fox (defense) and Michael Bean (special teams). Creekview’s B.J. Smith was awarded the offensive player of the week award for his team for the first time, after finishing with 219 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries. Also recognized for the Grizzlies were Zach Chester (defense) and Shane Rodman (special teams). Woodstock quarterback Justin Agner was named the offensive player of the week for his team by helping the Wolverines defeat Etowah in double overtime. Agner finished with more than 200 yards of offense on the night. Also recognized from Woodstock were Sage Jordan (defense) and Logan Cox (special teams). Etowah’s special teams award-winner was Stanlee Logue, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Woodstock. Also recognized for the Eagles were Noah Dye (offense) and Scott Morgan (defense). Standing out in River Ridge’s victory over Woodland were Al Mbatch (offense), Parris Collins (defense) and Joey Monteleone (special teams). Sequoyah’s Austin Tracy (offense), Jake Jensen (defense) and Stephen Anderson (special teams) were also recognized. At the college level, Aaron Kennedy was the offensive player of the week following Reinhardt’s win at Bethel. Kennedy set team records for receptions and receiving yards in the game. Also winning weekly honors were D.J. Brown (defense), Dylan Haynes (special teams), Ricky James (offensive practice), and Calvin Robertson (defensive practice). ♦ ♦ ♦ While Montreat scored the first goal of the game, No. 25 Reinhardt scored the next five to win 7-2 in a men’s soccer game at Ken White Field. Montreat scored eight minutes into the Appalachian Athletic Conference match, but the Eagles equalized 11 minutes later on a shot by Jose Rubio. In the 24th minute, Coleman, who assisted on the earlier goal, was fouled in the box. Samson Nyamuda took the penalty kick and put Reinhardt up 2-1 at the half. Reinhardt then exploded for five goals. Among those scoring were freshman Matthew Gray (2), Rubio, Jordan Smith-Williams and Phil Abrahamsen. Matt Amis made two saves before giving way to Justin Crozer to close the game. ♦ ♦ ♦ Yanci Akselsen scored the only goal for the Reinhardt women’s soccer team, but it was enough as the Lady Eagles beat Montreat 1-0 in Appalachian Athletic Conference action. Playing in her first game of the season, former Cherokee High School standout Victoria Cassidy provided the assist to Akselsen, a former Etowah standout. Cassidy suffered a knee injury while playing for the Lady Warriors in the spring and was not expected to play at all this season. Reinhardt (7-2, 3-1) controlled the ball through most of the second half and kept Montreat (3-6, 2-2) to just five shots on goal. Taylor Asher finished with eight saves. The Lady Eagles will be back in action Saturday at Tennessee Wesleyan. ♦ ♦ ♦ Former Sequoyah High School standout Katelyn Wienbarg had 15 kills and Sam Croce had 34 assists, nine digs and seven blocks to help the Reinhardt volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over Point in Appalachian Athletic Conference play Saturday. Reinhardt (8-5, 4-1) took control of the first set late. Ahead 19-16, the Lady Eagles used their front-row defense to record a pair of points as Croce teamed with Ryan Burke for a block before Katie Gilstrap added a solo block. Croce then hammered home a kill for the 22-16 lead. Point pulled within three, but Reinhardt put the visitors away by forcing errors to take the set 25-19. The second set ended 25-20 in Reinhardt’s favor, with Ally Hurd recording key kills. The third set saw the Lady Eagles come back from a six-point deficit to win 25-21. Rachel Croce, the younger sister of Sam Croce, got in on the action with the final kill of the match. Hillary Bogard finished with 16 kills, while Burke had six blocks and Gilstrap had five.
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