Cherokee County holds off Alexandria
by Jordan Smith
Special to The Star
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CENTRE — Cherokee County and Alexandria entered Friday night’s game looking to overcome the mistakes that cost them victories last week.

Only Cherokee County was successful as they topped the Valley Cubs 29-23 in the 4A, Region 5 opener for both teams.

Warriors’ head coach Tripp Curry was happy to see his team rebound after a 57-13 loss to Piedmont in its season-opener.

“It’s easy to give up,” he said. “Our guys didn’t. We went back to playing base football.”

The Warriors (1-1, 1-0) jumped out to a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter on three touchdowns from senior running back Ty Green, who finished with a team-high 79 yards rushing.

The Valley Cubs (0-2, 0-1), which opened with a 14-7 loss to Etowah, answered on their next possession. Two plays after a 60-yard run by Austin Wells, junior running back Alton Davis got in the end zone on a 2-yard run. The extra point was missed.

Alexandria’s defense forced a three-and-out, and Cherokee County had a bad snap on its punt attempt. Alexandria took over on the Warriors’ 35 and scored four plays later, on Jacob Heathcock’s 13-yard run, to cut Cherokee County’s lead to 20-13.

A Tyrelle Gay return to the Warriors’ 25 set up an Alexandria field goal just before halftime, and Alexandria pulled within 20-16.

Alexandria received the second-half kickoff and looked unstoppable. Davis, Alexandria’s leading rusher with 123 yards, capped off a five-play, 76-yard drive with a 26-yard TD run to give the Valley Cubs a 23-20 lead.

Cherokee County tied it on a field goal midway through the third quarter, and the Warriors’ defense took over the game. After an Alexandria punt, they marched 48 yards to Tanner Johnson’s 4-yard touchdown run.

The extra point was blocked, but Cherokee County led 29-23.

Alexandria’s final possession came with 1:25 left and 70 yards to go. Penalties for pass interference, offsides and a late hit helped the Valley Cubs reach the Warriors’ 35. After sophomore quarterback Luke Tucker completed a 9-yard pass to Heathcock, Alexandria, out of timeouts, was forced to spike the ball. The Valley cubs threw up one last prayer with only seconds remaining, but it fell incomplete.
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