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Cherokee shuts down Red Devils

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By Brittani Barger

newsroom@roanecounty.com

The Cherokee Yellow Jackets defeated the Maynardville Red Devils at home 38-6 on Thursday night in their first district game. The game was all Cherokee from the beginning.

The Red Devils received the ball first, and Ethan Paskel gained five yards on the first play. They were not able to find the end zone and punted to the Yellow Jackets on fourth and six. Cherokee received the ball on Maynardville’s 30-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, the Yellow Jackets scored on a play by Austin Edmonds, and the two point conversion was good thanks to Kain Collins. On Maynardville’s next series, the Red Devils went three and out and were forced to punt again.

Later, quarterback Collins would keep the ball for the second Yellow Jacket touchdown of the night. After a successful two point conversion, the score was 16-0. At the beginning of the second quarter, the Maynardville punt was partially blocked, and Cherokee received the ball on Maynardville’s 38-yard line. Kain Collins would score another touchdown, and with six and a half minutes left in the half, Cherokee led 24-0. After the kickoff, Maynardville’s Jraven Linville received. The Red Devils began on their own 29-yard line, but the Yellow Jackets forced another punt - this one with a low snap that led to a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown by Collins. Kooper Webb got the two point conversion to make it 32-0 in favor of the Yellow Jackets with 3:50 to go in the half.

The second half was more of the same with Cherokee receiving first after a kickoff by Salvador Meza for the Red Devils. The Yellow Jackets’ first series would last for over half the third quarter. With just 3 minutes to go in the quarter, Cherokee scored yet again. After a failed two point conversion attempt thanks to a stop by Maynardville’s Anthony King, the score was 38-0 leading to the mercy rule coming into effect to keep the clock running. At the end of the third, Cherokee would get the ball back after a turnover but would not score in their next series. With less than four minutes to go in the game, the Red Devils finally got on the board after a 90-yard run by Noah Monroe. The Red Devil two point conversion was no good, making the score 38-6.

After the game, Yellow Jacket head coach Brent Kelley spoke about the performance of his undefeated team saying, “I am proud of them tonight. This is a district ball game. They want that first round bye on Fall Break, and they came in and did what they were supposed to do.”

Kelley remarked about how important the next few games would be for his team against in county rivals and other district opponents. Talking about how proud he was of his team, he said, “I’m proud of the boys, and of course, the kids are really appreciative of all the fans and the coaches that help them get where they are.”

Cherokee next plays Oliver Springs at home on August 31.