Greenback Cherokees Football


Field House continues

Work on Greenback’s new athletic field house is underway. The new 6,500 square foot building will provide new locker facilities, coaching office, weight room, as well as home team, visiting team, and public rest rooms.

Head Coach Jason Hicks hopes the facility will be ready sometime during the 2014 season. An approximation of the floor plan can be found here.

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Nike Gear

Cherokee players: Browse the team Nike gear here, or click the .pdf file above.

Cherokees to use new helmet monitoring system

This season, Greenback will install a select number of helmet sensors into football helmets that

are designed to measure head impact severity. The system, by Riddell, is called InSite and

includes a sensor system that installs directly into the helmet. That sensor is capable of

outputting data that can be used by our trainers to measure impact injury.

Greenback is the first high school in East Tennessee to use this new technology, and

Coach Hicks hopes it will add another level of professionalism and an additional

element of safety for our players.

You can read more about this system here and here.

Text Updates

Football Parents: Text “gbfootball” to 90210 to receive continuous team updates from Coach Hicks.

The Cherokees dropped their jamboree matchup with the William Blount Governors Friday, falling behind early, and never generating sustained offense. When the single quarter of action ended, Greenback was left with a 10-0 deficit and a weeklong headache to think about it.

The ‘Kees fell behind early when the Governors completed a 29-yard field goal on their opening drive. The small victory of keeping William Blount out of the end zone was short lived, however, when the Cherokees fumbled the ball away on their second offensive play. The Governors took over from the Greenback 25 yard line, and scored five plays later.

That 10-0 lead was all it took, as the Cherokees could not sustain an offensive effort. Samuel McCloud and Hunter Willis split time at quarterback, but both were pressured heavily. Running back Tanner LaForce was held out of the contest with a concussion, which contributed to Greenback’s offensive woes.

The Cherokees will now work to right the ship in preparation for the season opener at Sweetwater on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Make plans to come out and support the Cherokees as they kickoff the 2014 season.

Greenback stumbles out of the gate

Cherokees open 2014 with road win

Greenback traded early punches with the Sweetwater Wildcats in the 2014 season opener, but were able to build some momentum beginning in the third quarter and raced away with a 49-27 victory on the road.

The win marks a repeat of last year’s season opener against the Wildcats, and gives the ‘Kees an early 1-0 record as they prepare for another tough District 3A campaign. Much of Greenback’s success came from the legs of senior running back Jordan Anderson who scored four touchdowns on his own.

Pull away from the Wildcats in second half

35 Years in the making

Greenback traveled to Gatlinburg Pittman on Friday and for the first time since 1979, the ‘Kees walked off the field with a victory over the Highlanders.

Running back Jordan Anderson paced the Cherokees gaining 114 yards on 12 carries, combined with 122 receiving yards on four receptions. The senior added one touchdown each to both categories. 

Greenback took an early 3-0 lead after Braxton Fox hit a 28-yard field goal, but the Highlanders answered back on their next possession, finishing a seven-play drive with a one-yard dive into the end zone.

But after the kickoff, Anderson took the first play from scrimmage 75 yards to pay dirt, and from there, the Cherokees never looked back, adding a second field goal before the half and stiffening against GP’s pounding run game.

The Cherokees struck again just 40 seconds into the third quarter when quarterback Samuel McCloud hit senior receiver Zac Martin to make it 20-7. On the next Greenback series, running back Tanner LaForce capped an eight-play, 74 yard drive with a five-yard score, pushing the lead to 27-7.

GP answered on their next possession with a 72-yard pass play from QB Albert Werner to Carlos Sweeney to draw back to 27-14. McCloud then hit Anderson for a 53-yard scoring strike in response to make it 34-14.

With under four minutes to play, the Highlanders’ Michael Muszik punched in from 2 yards out for the final tally.

The Cherokees welcome Meigs County to Cooper Field on Friday for Greenback’s home opener. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

‘Kees defeat GP for first time since disco

‘Kees open District season with win

Greenback hosted District 3A rival Meigs County in the home opener for the 2014 season, and the ‘Kees rolled to a dominating 42-7 victory over the Tigers.

With the first quarter ending in a 7-7 tie, the contest looked to be a dogfight, as Greenback labored to establish a ground game early on the legs of running backs Jordan Anderson, Tanner LaForce and Tanner Hanley.

One minute into the second quarter, Cherokee quarterback Samuel McCloud proved he could strike through the air as well, hitting sophomore receiver Tavin Kilpatrick for a nine-yard touchdown. From there, it was all Greenback as McCloud completed an outstanding effort, finishing 11 of 15 passing for 173 yards, while rushing for 23 yards and one touchdown on seven carries.

His number one receiver was Zac Martin who finished with seven catches for 102 yards. On the ground, LaForce had nine carries and one touchdown for 62 yards, Anderson had five carries and one touchdown for 42 yards, and Hanley finished with nine carries for 41 yards.

Junior Kevin Ogle got into the act late, scoring on a four yard run to the corner flag.

Greenback’s smothering defense allowed only 243 yards, and held the Tigers to only eight first downs.

The ‘Kees now welcome rival Coalfield to Cooper Field for a rematch of last year’s playoff game. That game ended in a 33-24 Coalfield victory. Greenback will look to even the score this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Greenback gets past Coalfield

Greenback scrapped for four quarters with a feisty Coalfield team, battling for field position and struggling to reach the end zone before the ‘Kees finally found their offensive rhythm and escaped with a 17-6 victory.

The Cherokee offense was stymied for the better part of three quarters as the Coalfield defense proved similar to the Cherokee defense--neither squad giving much ground. Greenback successfully shut down the Coalfield passing attack and a dangerous running back in Addison Bible.

By the third quarter, the Cherokees successfully drove deep into Yellow Jacket territory before settling for a Braxton Fox field goal and a razor thin 3-0 lead.

That lead held for the remainder of the quarter before the ‘Kees finally reached the end zone in the fourth quarter when running back Devin Devine took a Samuel McCloud pass to pay dirt.

On their next offensive series, Greenback sealed the win with a McCloud pass to Anderson for a 30+ yard touchdown and the final scoring on the night.

Greenback will now prepare for Oneida next Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Defensive struggle not settled until late

All eyes on Oneida

Coming off a 17-6 victory over Coalfield Friday, the Greenback Cherokees now turn their attention to the visiting Oneida Indians.

The Cherokees won a thriller last year at Oneida, overcoming a three touchdown deficit and securing a 42-38 victory in the fourth quarter. The ‘Kees hope to duplicate the outcome if not the stress in earning it.

The Indians are coming in with a 3-1 record, having just defeated Watertown 47-7. Oneida’s only loss was a one-point decision to Greenback’s District 3A rival Rockwood in Week 0.

The game will be broadcast by Knoxville NBC affiliate 10News2, found locally on Comcast channel 21, or Charter channel 10. Other counties can find alternate channels listed here.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

TV game set to air on 10News2, WBIR