Eagles to face winless Warriors in Centre

Hokes Bluff (1-7, 0-6) at Cherokee County (0-8, 0-6)
Series record: Cherokee Co. 41, Hokes Bluff 15, five ties
Last meeting: 2009 – Cherokee Co. 49, Hokes Bluff 21
Last week: Anniston 19, Hokes Bluff 15; Munford 34, Cherokee Co. 21

By Gene Stanley/Messenger Sports Correspondent

It wasn’t long ago that Hokes Bluff and Cherokee County were teams that others dreaded playing.

A dry run has hit both though, and there is only one victory between them.

“They’re still faster than us,” Hokes Bluff coach Mike Robertson said of his Class 4A, region 5 rival from Centre. “But looking at them on film, I’d say the game is a toss-up.”

Robertson said that the Warriors offense was still potent, but the defense has taken some hits and has been inconsistent.

Cherokee County has scored at least two touchdowns in every game, yet has given up more than 39 points per game.

“They’re still better than their record indicates,” Robertson said. “But I hope we are, too. We’ve had some almost wins but they still count as losses.”

Last week, the Eagles played an Anniston team that compares in speed to Cherokee County, yet had every chance to win.

“Yardage wise and effort wise, I’d say we played well enough to beat them,” Robertson said. “We just didn’t cash in enough scoring.”

Last week against Anniston, Brad Robertson was 16-for-28 in passing for with 246 yards and a touchdown.

Chase Beggs rushed for 76 yards on 28 carries. He also caught three passes.

Charlie Reed had six receptions for 96 yards, while Nick Woodruff caught five passes for 79 yards. Chase Pope led the Eagles in tackles with 13, followed by Dylan McKee with 12, Noah Click with 10 and Jake Ponder with eight.

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