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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.

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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

‘Kees fall to Oneida

Greenback recorded its first loss of the season Friday with a 14-7 heartbreak against rival Oneida at Cooper Field.

Both teams struggled to move the ball effectively through the entire first half, trading punts through the first and second quarters. Facing a fourth down in Oneida territory late in the second quarter, Greenback attempted a 53-yard field goal, but Braxton Fox’s effort fell just short.

Oneida then marched down the field in response, setting up a field goal attempt of their own that sailed wide left. Both teams entered the locker room with a 0-0 tie.

Oneida struck first but not until the fourth quarter, when the Indians took over on an interception around the Greenback 30 yard line. Oneida punched in that drive from inside the 10 yard line to break the stalemate and take a 7-0 lead.

The ‘Kees immediately responded, driving the field on the next possession capped by a 20+ yard Jordan Anderson run into the end zone, re-knotting the score at 7-7.

But on their next possession, Oneida again drove the field, running between the tackles and bowling to the end zone for the go-ahead score.

Greenback took over with 21 seconds on the clock, driving into Oneida territory on two long completions. With 2.2 seconds on the clock, the Cherokees hoisted a Hail Mary into the end zone but the ball fell harmlessly to the turf and ended the threat.

Greenback will now enter their bye week before facing District 3A rival Rockwood on October 3. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Cooper Field.

Hail Mary attempt falls silent as clock expires

Cherokees roll past Rockwood

Dominate Tigers on the scoreboard to stay in District hunt

After a heartbreaking loss to Oneida two weeks ago, the Cherokees took care of business Friday against District 3A rival Rockwood, claiming a decisive 30-3 victory over the Tigers at Cooper Field.

Under the glow of the Greenback’s new field house signage, the Cherokees and Tigers both missed opportunities to score in the early going before the ‘Kees capped their second offensive possession, reaching the end zone on a Devin Divine seven-yard burst up the middle. That score held until midway through the second quarter when Braxton Fox connected on a 35-yard field goal to put the Cherokees up 10-0.

With no time remaining in the half, the Tigers answered with their own 20-yard field goal to go into the locker room down 10-3.

From there, it was all Greenback as running back Jordan Anderson scored once in each of the remaining quarters. His first capped a five-play, 54-yard drive with a seven-yard race to pay dirt. His second touchdown came with just 3:38 remaining in the contest, putting the final touch on an eight-play, 74-yard drive that demoralized the Tiger defense.

In between, senior running back Tanner LaForce finished a third quarter drive with a 10-yard burst into the end zone, putting the ‘Kees up 23-3.

The Cherokee defense stepped up to the challenge, keeping the Tigers out of the end zone and shutting down the Rockwood passing attack, which ended up just 2 of 13 with 2 interceptions.

In rushing yards, both teams battled, with Rockwood gaining 288 yards to Greenback’s 268.

The Cherokees now turn their attention Friday’s contest with District rival Harriman. It’s Homecoming for Greenback as well as Senior night.

Help celebrate the senior class at Cooper Field. Homecoming activities will take place one hour before kickoff.

‘Kees stay alive in District showdown

Greenback took a bruising from District 3A rival Harriman Friday with a relentless Blue Devil ground game that pounded the Cherokees for the better part of four quarters and 274 yards. But the ‘Kees mounted a fourth-quarter comeback, sealing a 21-17 win with just seconds on the clock.

Harriman’s Garrett Greene gained 231 yards on 42 carries and served up a steady diet of off-tackle punishments that had the Cherokees on their heels for most of the contest.

With three minutes to play in the game, Harriman punched into the end zone and took a 17-14 lead that looked like it might be enough to steal the upset victory. But in response, Greenback connected on a 35-yard pass from Samuel McCloud to tight end Tavin Kilpatrick, moving the ball into Blue Devil territory, and breathing life back into the Cherokee faithful.

On the next play, Jordan Anderson broke loose on a sweep right, gaining some 10+ yards where a defender attempted to spin him down. But Anderson never made contact with the ground, regained his balance and broke loose a second time for 10 more yards and now a real threat to the end zone.

Four plays later, Anderson broke through the fog and in for the score, leaving Harriman only 30 seconds on the clock to attempt their own comeback. Two plays later, freshman Timmy Russell sacked the quarterback and sealed the win.

The ‘Kees fell behind 10-7 when Harriman kicker Grant Jenkins hit a 22-yard field goal with two minutes remaining in the first half. The Blue Devils held that lead until midway through the third quarter when McCloud hit Braxton Fox for a five yard touchdown, and a temporary lead, up 14-10.

Anderson finished with 154 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns, his first one a first-quarter weave and bob routine that traveled 88 yards and gave Greenback an early 7-0 lead.

Greenback will now prepare for a road contest with defending District 3A Champ Grace Christian. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Greenback falls to Grace

The Greenback Cherokees fell once again to the Grace Christian Rams Friday night, giving up a game-winning touchdown with 1:37 remaining in the fourth quarter and falling 22-16. The ‘Kees led the contest for for three quarters, gave up the lead early in the fourth quarter, retook the lead, and ultimately lost on Grace’s final score.

It was a game of could-have-beens. The Cherokees recovered a fumble on Grace’s opening possession, setting up a fourth and goal from about the one-foot line, but the Rams held the Cherokees out of the end zone on a fourth down effort.

Greenback managed a Braxton Fox 29-yard field goal on their next possession to take an early 3-0 lead. Midway through the second quarter, quarterback Samuel McCloud made a 10-yard touchdown pass to Zac Martin, extending the Cherokee lead to 10-0.

The Rams responded on their next possession with a Cameron Kuerschen 63-yard touchdown run to narrow the gap, down 10-7. Fox added a 30-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, sending both teams into the locker room with a 13-7 score.

Neither team could mount an effective drive through the third quarter, but Grace’s Jimmy Clevenger punched into the end zone early in the fourth to take the first Ram lead, 14-13. Greenback responded with 5:27 remaining on a 43-yard Fox field goal, to retake the lead, up 16-13.

That set up the final Ram touchdown by Hayden Coffman, a drive that was significantly aided by a 15-yard “sideline infraction” penalty that moved the Rams deep into Greenback territory. Two plays later, the Rams hit pay dirt.

Greenback remains on the road Friday for a District 3A matchup at Tellico. Kickoff is set for
7:30 p.m.

Cherokees roll at Tellico

Greenback took a 7-0 lead in the first minute of the contest against District 3A rival Tellico Friday and never looked back, coasting to a 42-20 win.

The Cherokees built up a three touchdown lead in the first quarter, confusing the Bears with a mix of rushing and passing attacks despite the Cherokees missing their leading rusher in senior Jordan Anderson, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury suffered last week against Grace.

But Greenback filled in those shoes with at least three pairs of feet, beginning with fellow senior Tanner LaForce, who peeled off big gains throughout the first half including two rushing touchdowns.

The ‘Kees were also helped by a pair of touchdown receptions from senior receiver Braxton Fox, and three from sophomore receiver Tavin Kilpatrick. All five TD receptions were delivered by quarterback Samuel McCloud.

Greenback faced a talented Tellico quarterback who was able to roll out of the pocket and delivery pinpoint passes on the run. That capability resulted in a second and third quarter touchdown passes that kept the Bears in the contest, pulling to a 28-14 deficit midway through the third quarter.

But the Cherokees responded on their next possession, pulling away with two more touchdown strikes before giving up a late Tellico scoring drive late in the fourth quarter.

Greenback will now prepare for a trip to Midway to close out the regular season, a game the Green Wave won in last year’s season finale. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Midway field. 

Lights out at Midway

After a slow start and a 20 minute light failure at Midway field, the Cherokees found a rhythm and closed out the regular season with a 37-16 victory over the GreenWaves.

The ‘Kees started things off slowly, falling behind 8-0 in the early going. After stopping a Midway touchdown at the three yard line where Greenback’s Jaden Harris recovered a fumble, the Cherokees gave up a safety on the next play. The Wave scored on the ensuing drive to take the early lead in the contest.

Then everything went dark.

When the lights returned, so did the Cherokees, outscoring the GreenWaves in the remaining time by a 37-8 margin. Samuel McCloud once again turned in an impressive performance going 10 of 15 passing for 223 yards and three touchdowns. The senior quarterback also rushed for an additional touchdown.

Scoring passes were hauled in by Tanner Hanley, Zac Martin and Tavin Kilpatrick. Hanley added a second rushing touchdown, and Braxton Fox hit a 27-yard field goal to round out the scoring.

Tanner LaForce led the Cherokees in rushing, going 62 yards on seven carries. McCloud added 59 yards on seven carries, while Anderson had 34 yards on five carries.

Playoff brackets will be announced Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Log in to this web site Saturday afternoon for information about Greenback’s playoff opponent.

Cherokees Advance

While an arctic blast kept Greenback fans bundled up beneath blankets, heavy coats and gloves, the Cherokee football team took care of Sunbright 31-14 on a frozen Cooper Field.

The ‘Kees got things going early with a 10-0 advantage in the first quarter as senior Braxton Fox connected on a 31-yard field goal and followed that with a 27-yard touchdown reception from Samuel McCloud.

But the Tigers struck back on their next possession when running back Skyler Bunch raced into the end zone on a 50-yard breakaway to trail 10-6.

That was as close as Sunbright got as the Cherokees scored the next two touchdowns, the first punched in by Tanner Hanley following a 73-yard pass from McCloud to Fox. Greenback followed that score with a late third-quarter drive capped by a second Hanley score, this one from three yards out.

The Tigers opened the fourth quarter with a Bunch seven-yard score followed by a successful two-point conversion pass from Luke Daniel to Ethan Northrup to trail 24-14. But the Cherokees added a  score late as McCloud rushed four yards into the end zone with four minutes remaining.

Greenback will now welcome #3 Coalfield to Cooper Field on Friday, a team that has knocked the Cherokees out of the past two state playoffs. Coalfield is coming off a 38-28 win over #2 Cloudland. The entire TSSAA 1A bracket can be found here.

Beat Sunbright and move on to third round

Lights on at Greenback

Greenback’s Cherokee Walk is now complete. We wish to thank all the sponsors of these light posts who made this project possible. With their generous donations, we were able to complete this project and provide our football team with a new tradition at Cooper Field.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to these fine supporters:

Fuzz and Kathy Brooks

Julie and Scott Anderson

Wendy and Steve Tittsworth

Marcus Satterfield

Jim and Carol Campbell

Doug and Sharon Ryan, Greg Ryan, DeLynn and Zack Edmonds, and Cindy Cannon

Shane Edmonds

The 1987 Greenback Football team

WTD Cherokees!

Greenback falls again to Coalfield

For the third year in a row, the Cherokees fell in the TSSAA playoffs to the Coalfield Yellow Jackets, ending the 2014 season on a cold Cooper Field, and sending out the 2015 seniors on a night of could-have-beens.

The ‘Kees trailed the Jackets throughout most of the contest, taking a 17-16 lead on a 41-yard Braxton Fox field goal with just 1:51 remaining in the fourth quarter.

But Coalfield drove 80 yards, finishing on a Parker McKinney pass to Cameron Godwin for the score with only 14 seconds remaining.

A Samuel McCloud Hail Mary floated in the air as the final horn sounded, then was batted down as Coalfield celebrated the win.

After falling behind 8-0 in the first half, Greenback fought back, scoring 14 second-half points before hitting the go-ahead field goal.

Trailing 16-8 late in the third quarter, senior running back Jordan Anderson took consecutive plays from scrimmage, willing himself and the team into the end zone to draw within two of the Jackets.

Cherokees can’t hold on in last 1:51

The Cherokees adjusted their offense coming out of the locker room, taking the kickoff to the end zone when McCloud hit senior receiver Zac Martin on a 15-yard race to the corner flag. Martin followed that effort with a second reception to convert the two-point try and knot the score at 8-8.

But Greenback could not consistently stop the Coalfield offense that turned from a rushing attack led by running back Addison Bible, to an air attack commanded by McKinney.

Greenback finishes the season 11-3 and sends off eight seniors.

Congratulations on a great season!

Thank You Seniors!

Anthony Dyer



Austin Denton



Braxton Fox



Jordan Anderson



Continuity helps build a program. Congratulations to this class of 2015 for not only a great season, but also sticking together for all these years.

Samuel McCloud



Tanner Hanley



Tanner LaForce



Zac Martin