War­riors knock off Jack­sonville

Earn first re­gion cham­pi­onship since 2009 with 35-21 vic­tory

Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS - By Grant Bene­field

ex­tra point gave the Golden Ea­gles a 14-7 ad­van­tage.

With less than a minute to play in the first half, War­rior se­nior cor­ner­back Quar­tez Hen­der­son in­ter­cepted a Jack­sonville pass and re­turned 50 yards for the game-ty­ing touch­down.

Af­ter a score­less third quar­ter, the War­rior of­fense would come alive in the fourth.

Dupree scored rush­ing touch­downs on two con­sec­u­tive drives on runs of 1 and 5 yards, giv­ing the War­riors a 28-14 lead.

The Golden Ea­gles would not go away eas­ily, how­ever, scor­ing quickly on their next drive with a 20-yard rush from run­ning back Bre­unta Ack­les. His touch­down brought Jack­sonville within a 28-21 mar­gin.

The War­riors were forced to punt on their en­su­ing drive, giv­ing the Golden Ea­gles the ball with over two min­utes re­main­ing.

Threat­en­ing to score af­ter a solid punt re­turn, Jack­sonville made a crit­i­cal mis­take byt muff­ing a snap that would end up in the hands of War­rior se­nior de­fen­sive line­man Zach Fife. The turnover would lead to an­other Dupree touch­down – this one on a 35-yard run – to seal the win and the re­gion ti­tle.

“I’m re­ally proud at how pa­tient we were tonight,” Curry said. “We got shut down for a quar­ter or two,

but the de­fense kept us in it and we ended up mak­ing some big plays to win the game.

“I’m tick­led for the kids to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence a re­gion cham­pi­onship and get a home play­off game, be­cause not ev­ery­one gets to do that.”

Dupree fin­ished the game rush­ing for 110 yards on 23 car­ries and three touch­downs. He also com­pleted 10-of-17 pass at­tempts for 143 yards. Graves ended up with 69 yards on seven totes with a score. He also caught four passes for 82 yards. Hen­der­son had six catches for 61 yards.

Ack­les led Jack­sonville with 122 yards on 24 car­ries and a touch­down.

The War­riors have an off week on Fri­day be­fore host­ing Winfield (6-3) in the first round of the state play­offs on Nov. 4.

Billy Gar­rett / Spe­cial To The Her­ald

Chero­kee County quar­ter­back Tyren Dupree goes over the top of the pile for a touch­down Fri­day.

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