Warriors knock off Jacksonville
Earn first region championship since 2009 with 35-21 victory
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.
Cherokee County quarterback Tyren Dupree goes over the top of the pile for a touchdown Friday.