And that was just in the first half.
The Warriors, who won just one game in 2012, went on to defeat the Grizzlies 53-34 in their season opener, spoiling Terry Crowder’s coaching debut at Creekview.
Cherokee quarterback Spencer Ashley showed the poise that comes with a year’s experience, as the junior went 26-for-35 passing for 344 yards and two touchdowns, although a pair of first-half interceptions showed there is still room for him to develop.
Ashley’s favorite target on the night was sophomore Blace Brown, who caught nine passes for 148 yards. Other key receivers were Brittain Brown (five catches, 56 yards) and Andrew Harris (six catches, 85 yards).
All told, seven players had at least one reception for Cherokee (1-0).
On the ground, the Warriors added nearly 250 yards. Blake Johnston carried the ball 19 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Also key was Brittain Brown with 15 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
Harris added a 49-yard punt return.
Dwayne Tiller and Ashley also scored rushing touchdowns, while Obie Brannon was a perfect 5-for-5 on point-after attempts and added a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Creekview (0-1) wasn’t defeated easily. The Grizzlies scored twice in the third quarter and again in the fourth to cut the deficit to 46-34 before Cherokee scored with less than a minute remaining.
Connor Dulmage, Dawson Ewers and Austin Murphy all intercepted passes, and Chandler Wold recovered a fumble in the first quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Wilkie passed for nearly 300 yards in his first varsity game. The first-year starter finished the game 19-for-38 for 294 yards and two touchdowns, and he did not throw any interceptions.
Chandler Wold was Wilkie’s primary target, catching eight passes for 98 yards. Trey Peppers had three catches for 119 yards, including touchdown receptions of 42 and 41 yards. Dulmage also caught a pass for a 9-yard touchdown.
Isaiah Rodgers was the Grizzlies’ primary threat on the ground. He carried the ball 26 times for 149 yards and scored Creekview’s first two touchdowns — including a 66-yard run on his team’s second play of the night.