CENTRE – The Cherokee County Warriors posted their second straight shutout of the football season Friday night with a 53-0 blowout victory over Coosa, Ga. on homecoming.
Warrior junior quarterback Cade Hopper was near flawless passing the ball, completing 9 of 10 of his pass attempts for 111 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for his first touchdown of the season.
Senior running back Damien Ramsey led the Warrior rushing attack with 63 yards on nine carries with two scores. He also caught three passes for 34 yards.
After a safety, Ramsey scored the Warriors’ first touchdown on a 3-yard run. Daniel Mejia’s extra point put Cherokee County out in front 9-0 with 9:06 remaining in the first quarter.
Freshman linebacker Tae Diamond accounted for the next Warrior score with his fumble recovery in the end zone. Hopper ended the first-quarter scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run, putting Cherokee County on top 23-0.
A 26-yard Hopper-to-CJ Gresham touchdown connection extended the Warrior lead to 30-0 with 3:52 to go in the first half. Junior Jack Amos later returned a punt 31 yards for a score to push Cherokee County’s advantage to 37-0 at halftime.
On the Warriors’ first drive of the second half, Ramsey scored his second touchdown on a 14-yard run. Penalties backed up Mejia’s extra point, which was no good, keeping the score at 43-0.
Mejia later added a 34-yard field goal to push the Warrior lead to 46-0 at the end of three quarters.
Sophomore running back Lamycal Mitchell accounted for the last touchdown of the night on a 15-yard run with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Cherokee County (4-1) jumps back into Class 4A, Region 4 action on Friday when it hosts Munford.