One Feather staff report
Braving the cold, the Cherokee Midgets won the Smokey Mountain Youth Football Conference title by beating the Robbinsville Black Knights 40-0 on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Midget Braves squeaked out an 18-14 win in a make-up game with Jackson County earlier in the week (Tuesday, Oct. 20) and kept that momentum flowing to Saturday.
All four Cherokee youth football teams are set to advance to the playoffs. The time and place for those games had yet to be determined by press time. Please check the One Feather website (www.nc-cherokee/onefeather) during the week for more information and updates on playoff times and places.
In other action Saturday, the Cherokee Mites beat the Robbinsville Mites 38-8. The Cherokee Pee Wees lost 22-6, and the Cherokee Termites lost, their first one of the year, 24-12.
Tuesday’s game was a nail biter for the Cherokee Midgets going down to the last seconds. With twenty ticks left in the game, Cherokee RB Jayce Wolfe ran ten yards for the score to put the Braves over the top. Wolfe scored three in that game including runs of 27 and 70 yards. The Braves led at halftime 12-6 and following a scoreless 3rd quarter by both teams were able to punch one in at the end for the win.
The Cherokee Mites were also in action on Tuesday, but lost to Jackson County 24-12. They fell behind 10-0 in the first half, and were not able to catch up. Brier Younce threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Bradley in the 3rd quarter, and Jeffrey Girty had a 48-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter for the Braves’ two scores of the game.