County’s football teams right at home
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
September 08, 2013 01:09 AM | 1497 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All told, it was a football-packed Friday night in Cherokee County, with four of the county’s six teams playing at home, while the other two — Cherokee and Creekview — were playing against county opponents.

Never before had all six county teams played within the county line on the same night.

Cherokee and Etowah were winners for the second time this season, while River Ridge is still hunting its first win of the season.

Woodstock, which played its first game a week earlier than the other teams, is 1-2 after losing its last two games, while Creekview won its first game under new coach Terry Crowder.

While every coach entered the season anticipating who their top players would be after a few games, several have been surprised.

Woodstock coach Brent Budde has discovered some talent in sophomore Jerrail McMickens. The wide receiver and defensive back has earned a starting spot at safety, but that isn’t the most surprising thing.

“He has also blocked, I believe, three kicks already this year,” Budde said. “He is doing a great job on defense, but also on special teams.”

Another young player making an impact — although not altogether a surprise — is Cherokee’s Brittain Brown.

Coach Josh Shaw said he had planned to start the sophomore last season as a freshman, but Brown broke his foot over the summer. Shaw held him out all year in order to make sure the injury healed well. Based on early-season statistics, Brown’s shown no ill effects.

The running back and defensive back scored two touchdowns and intercepted a pass against Sequoyah.

“He is special,” Shaw said of

Brown. “I have coached a lot of players in my career, and he will end up being one of the best. Let’s put it this way — he isn’t going to have to pay for college. It’s going to be fun to see what he can do.”

Another young player making big plays is Creekview quarterback Kyle Wilkie.

Stepping into the starting role as a sophomore, Wilkie has taken a few lumps. The Grizzlies were on the losing end in Week 1 against Cherokee, but they battled back to edge River Ridge on Friday. Through two games, Wilkie is 33-for-59 passing for 479 yards and five touchdowns.

Cherokee, Etowah and River Ridge will all return to action this week for home games against their respective opponents — North Forsyth, Pope and Ridgeland. Meanwhile, Creekview, Sequoyah and Woodstock will enjoy their bye weeks.
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