The WLJA Sports team is proud to announce our 2020 Cherokee County High School Football broadcast schedule for this fall. All these games are subject to change due to COVID-19.
August 19th Cherokee @ Carver
August 21st Creekview @ Etowah
August 28th Sequoyah @ Cherokee
September 4th Etowah @ River Ridge
September 11th Cherokee @ Creekview
September 18th Cartersville @ Cherokee
September 24th BYE WEEK
October 2nd Creekview @ Sequoyah
October 9th River Ridge @ Creekview
October 16th Cherokee @ Etowah
October 23rd Etowah @ Woodstock
October 30th Milton @ Woodstock
November 6th FLEX GAME
We have some exciting changes for this season, first being we have been given special access to the Corky Kell game on August 19th between Cherokee and Carver. This will be the first high school Football game in the state of Georgia and will take place at West Forsyth High School. Dave Garner and Will Cooper will have the call.
Our crew will come back and call the first meeting between Creekview and Etowah. The Eagles are welcoming new Head Coach Matt Kemper from Roswell to the Eagles Nest, while second year coach Trevor Williams is looking to get the Grizzlies back to the postseason. Both teams have lost lots of talent recently, but both teams also have a history of success. Will Cooper and Larry Prather will have the call.
Next, Cherokee will host the Sequoyah Chiefs. Cherokee is coming off a postseason run that ended with a tough loss to Archer in the second round of the playoffs. Coach Josh Shaw will have lots of offensive weapons back with A.J. Swann and Keith Adams Jr. Sequoyah has lost lots of talent, but veteran head coach James Teter can keep the team running smoothly with the help of rising Seniors Jack Blackman and Jaden Mitchell. Dave Garner and Larry Prather will have the call.
Then the crew will venture to River Ridge High School, as the Knights host the Eagles. River Ridge has lots of upside, especially looking at second year head coach Mike Collins and RB Amehre Morrison. Etowah and River Ridge have played each other the past two seasons, with the Eagles taking both games. This year will challenge the Eagles as the have to replace Dalton Miller and Jackson Manns on the offense. River Ridge will also need to find a new QB after the graduation of Chase Begin.
Our next stop is The Grizzly Den at Creekview. One of the lesser known rivalries in the county, but Cherokee and Creekview games tend to be extremely physical. These teams have not played each other since 2017, but they have scrimmaged for the past two seasons. Creekview will have LB Isaac Hubert back to anchor the Grizzly defense after a 9.5 sack season. Cherokee will need to pay close attention to him to have success on offense.
We stick with the Warriors for this week, as they host a juggernaut in high school football, the Cartersville Canes. Cartersville beat Cherokee by 21 points last year, with Cherokee only managing to score one touchdown. Cherokee will also need help on defense from Senior LBs Braesen Parker and Alonzo Upshaw. This will truly test how good the Warriors are before they move into their region schedule.
You have probably noticed by now that there is a bye week built into the schedule. For the first time, no Cherokee County Football will be played that week due to the scheduled Fall Break. Our crew will take that week to prepare for the second half of our schedule.
We start of “Rivalry Month” with the Battle of Hickory Flat. Creekview vs Sequoyah, the Grizzlies owned the rivalry for close to a decade with a record of 8-2, the only losses coming in 2016 and 2017. The Chiefs will look to change that as they host this rivalry for the second year in a row. Creekview will rely on Senior QB Brody Rhodes to distribute the ball offensively. He has lots of weapons to go to with Seniors Dawson Currie, Cole Hasty, and Andrew Cloy to name a few. Sequoyah will need to run the ball well to keep the ball away from the Grizzly offense and control the game clock.
Our next game is not a rivalry. However, River Ridge vs Creekview is a region game, and it is an important game in the county. Both teams have moved to a new region together and both will be fighting for a playoff spot. River Ridge nearly upset the Grizzlies last year but came up just short.
Next on the list is another under the radar rivalry game. Cherokee and Etowah have both been extremely successful recently, and as a result, the games tend to be exciting and close. This game went to overtime last year and kept the Warriors from getting the first seed in the region. These two teams were also the only playoff teams in our county last year. The big question is what the Eagles will do to limit the Cherokee Offense and what they will do to replace Dalton Miller. This game is sure to have playoff implications.
We finish our rivalry series with the Battle of Towne Lake. This game is one of the top, if not the top, rivalry game in the county. This is our first visit with Woodstock, who is coming off an extremely disappointing season. Coach Brent Budde will look to get back on track this season with help from 4-star safety David Daniel on defense. Possibly one of the most interesting storylines going into this game is how Coach Kemper will handle a rivalry game of this magnitude in his first season in the county.
Our season will finish with two region games with major playoff implications. We will be back with the Wolverines on October 30th as they face the Milton Eagles. Milton is coming off an 8-2 season where the lost in the second round of the playoffs to Marietta. Woodstock will undoubtably have their hands full with a powerhouse program like Milton.
The final game of our season is still yet to be decided. The reason for this is that 5 of the 6 Cherokee County High Schools will host home games and we want to choose the one with the biggest playoff implications. The games we have to choose from are:
Milton @ Cherokee
Johns Creek @ Creekview
Alpharetta @ Etowah
Cambridge @ River Ridge
Centennial @ Sequoyah
Woodstock @ Roswell
Our crew this year will once again be led by Dave Garner and Coach Larry Prather. The duo has been working together for almost 20 years, and they still are going strong. Will Cooper will also return for his 3rd season with the crew to fill in for the guys whenever needed. Our Coverage begins at 7 P.M. each Friday Night, with kickoff at 7:30 P.M.