Cherokee, Sequoyah equally wary about letdowns
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
September 06, 2013 12:48 AM | 1822 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sam Rogers (19) and his Sequoyah teammates cruised to a lopsided win over River Ridge last week. Now, they must avoid complacency tonight against a Cherokee team that also won a high-scoring game a week ago.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Sam Rogers (19) and his Sequoyah teammates cruised to a lopsided win over River Ridge last week. Now, they must avoid complacency tonight against a Cherokee team that also won a high-scoring game a week ago.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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Those who watched Sequoyah or Cherokee roll to season-opening victories behind high-scoring offenses might be expecting more of the same when the teams meet tonight.

But both coaches say that might not be the case when they play tonight, although Chiefs coach James Teter admitted that it will be a challenge to slow down the visiting Warriors.

“That’s not the way we play,” he said. “We’ve had a good week of practice to get ready for (Cherokee), though.”

A week ago, the teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense and scored 109 points.

Cherokee coach Josh Shaw said it’s simply the nature of the Warriors’ offense to move the ball quickly, which allows time for a lot of scoring.

“The fact that we have been able to move the ball and score points is good,” Shaw said. “We are just trying to take baby steps and put the ball in the end zone.”

Brittain Brown and Blake Johnston drove the ground game, while quarterback Spencer Ashley, who now has a year under his belt, is confident enough to air the ball out with plenty of options for receivers.

While Cherokee (1-0) has already matched its win total from 2012, Shaw isn’t looking into the historical data.

“We don’t think about that too much,” he said. “We just try to think about the next one.”

Cherokee will be trying to cut back on turnovers and penalties — both of which could prove costly against efficient Sequoyah (1-0).

With the Chiefs’ ground offense able to consume the clock quickly, it will be important for Cherokee to make the most of its opportunities with the ball.

While a 56-7 victory like the one Sequoyah earned against River Ridge can give a team confidence, Teter said he cautioned his players not to celebrate long.

He feels they took his advice.

“I saw them at our middle school game this week and they were all talking about (Cherokee),” he said. “They are focused. It’s been an awesome week.”

The lopsided victory allowed Sequoyah to work a lot of players into the game, but it’s left the Chiefs largely untested.

Teter said he will continue to operate his running game by committee. So far, it has been effective, with six different Chiefs running for touchdowns in the first game. The coach said the reason for using multiple backs is two-fold.

“I think, to a point, we have an advantage because teams don’t know who they are going to get,” Teter said. “Our tendencies aren’t that we bring a certain back in to run a certain play. We kind of run everything with everybody, and I think that has helped us some.”

The second reason is that it keeps the players, particularly those playing two ways, fresh.

“It works for us all the way around,” Teter said.
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