Around the County: Gridiron Club taps first group of weekly awards
by Tribune staff reports
August 27, 2014 01:15 AM | 2129 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the first week of the season in the books, the Cherokee County Gridiron Club selected its first group of Players of the Week, and it was the receivers who seemed to shine on offense.

Andrew Harris, who made 14 catches for 222 yards and three touchdowns, was selected as the offensive player of the week for Cherokee, while Reagan Amos, with eight catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, was selected from Woodstock.

Brandson Johnson received the honors for the Cherokee defense, while Bryson Perry took special teams honors.

Woodstock’s Jacob Schoeb (defense) and Sharonne Gates (special teams) were also recognized.

Etowah, Creekview and River Ridge did not submit players for consideration, while Sequoyah and Reinhardt University were idle.

Johnson era begins with resounding win: It took a while to begin the scoring, but once the goals came, they came in bunches as the Reinhardt men’s soccer team beat Fisk 8-0 in the season opener for both programs.

Callum Farrell scored a second-half hat trick, while Jose Rubio added two goals in the win.

It was the first game for new Reinhardt coach Joey Johnson, and if the victory was any indication, the rest of the season should be exciting.

Last year, the Eagles didn’t score their eighth goal of the 2013 campaign until the seventh game of the season. This year, it took them just 80 minutes to reach the mark.

Reinhardt (1-0) didn’t get on the board until the 38th minute, when Mark Withers chipped the ball in on an assist by Samson Nyamunda.

Reinhardt got its first goal of the second half from Farrell. Matthew Gray scored his first goal as an Eagle in the 51st minute to make it 3-0. After another Farrell goal, Phil Abrahamsen made it 5-0, and Farrell completed his hat trick in the 69th minute.

Rubio scored both of his goals after the 70th minute, with Declan Haughton getting an assist on the second.

Matt Amis played 69 minutes in goal and made one save before giving way to Canton native Luke Williams, a recent graduate of King’s Academy, for the remainder of the game.

Reinhardt will return to action Saturday at Brewton-Parker.

Reinhardt women’s soccer opens with win: Four different players scored, including former Sequoyah standout Kristin Clegg, as Reinhardt opened its season with a 4-1 victory over Faulkner on Saturday.

The Lady Eagles (1-0) fell behind 5 minutes into the game as Faulkner (1-1) took advantage of disorganization along Reinhardt’s back line.

Reinhardt answered 20 seconds later. Out of the kickoff, Reinhardt made a series of passes to put the ball in the box, where several players converged on it. Megan McCall came away with the ball and fed it to Yanci Akselsen, a former Etowah High School standout who scored her first career goal.

Clegg’s goal in the 31st minute put Reinhardt up 2-1. In the second half, the Lady Eagles added goals by Allie Hale and Madie Easterwood.

Taylor Asher made seven saves and earned the win for Reinhardt.

Thielemann qualifies for U.S. Senior Amateur: Woodstock resident Alan Thielemann posted a 4-under par 68 at Cherokee Town and Country Club to win medalist honors in a qualifier for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.

Thielemann, who edged Mableton’s Chris Hall by one stroke, was one of seven players to advance from a qualifier that was twice interrupted by severe weather.

The U.S. Senior Amateur will take place Sept. 13-18 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif.

Woodstock’s John Foster (74) failed to advance.
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