October 19, 2014
Missy Koslowski, GHSA News
HOMECOMING at Cherokee High School was arguably the best game of the week in the GHSA schedule and came down to the last 56 seconds, as the Warriors trailed Lassiter 52 – 49 and had the ball inside their own 20 yard line.
On the next play from scrimmage, #10 Andrew Harris caught a short screen pass from QB #4 Spencer Ashley and took it 86 yards to the Lassiter 4-yard line where #8 Brittain Brown scored on a short run play to win the game.
Lassiter led at halftime 31 – 14 with a tremendous effort by #5 Russell Aarons who returned to the field from a recent injury. The Lassiter offense put up some impressive numbers by #87 Pearson VanHorn WR, #20 RB Mason Waters and some very hard running by #33 Ozi Orijoke.
There were heroics on both sides of this contest as Cherokee trailed 31 – 14 as the third quarter began and #8 Micah Grigsby returned the second half kick-off 95 yards for a score making it 38 – 14. Two fumbles and an interception changed the momentum in favor of the Warriors and they outscored the Trojans 35 – 7 in the second half. At one point, Cherokee had four unanswered touchdowns to claw back into the game.
GHSA News Online “Players-of-the-Game” were:
CHEROKEE – #8 Brittain Brown (27 for 196 yards), #4 Spencer Ashley (14-of-22 for 272 yards, 3 TD’s and 66 yards rushing)
LASSITER – #5 Russell Aarons (30-of-41 for 289 yards, 3 TD’s) and #20 Mason Waters (18 carries for 122 yards)
This was a heartbreaker for the Trojans and they played with a lot of HEART! This game literally came down to the last 56 seconds! Congratulations to Cherokee for a hard-fought win on Homecoming Night 2014.
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