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 for the 2014 season opener on August 22. An approximation of the floor plan can be found here.

If you have not yet purchased a parking pass, you can still do so. There are spaces available in Lot B on the visitor side, and in Lot C. All other parking spaces are now sold out. Please click map to the right for Lot locations.

To reserve a space, please contact Julie Anderson at 865-850-9039.

2014 football Parking Passes

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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 opened the 2014 scrimmage season with a 26-16 victory over Karns High School at Greenback’s Cooper Field.

Starting off slowly, the ‘Kees found their rhythm only after a sluggish first possession that ended in a successful 32-yard field goal. Jordan Anderson broke a 20+ yard run to cap Greenback’s second possession and take an early 10-0 lead.

Karns battled back, however, breaking a 40+ yard sweep for their own score, and later stuffing the Cherokee offense to force a safety and 10-9 score.

Greenback’s next drive ended in a second Braxton Fox field goal, this one from 42 yards out, making the score 13-9.

Tucker Brown found the end zone for the Cherokees’ next possession, and Karns answered back with a scoring drive to make the score 20-16.

Eighth grader Breeden Gilbert bowled into the end zone from 10 yards out for the game’s final score before time was called.

‘Kees impress early

Take down Karns in scrimmage season opener

The Cherokees closed out the 2014 scrimmage season Monday with a 38-21 victory over Polk County using a mix of ground and air attack that kept the Wildcats guessing. Polk County kept the score close until late in the game when Greenback closed out with 17 consecutive points.

Greenback found success with a trifecta of running backs in seniors Jordan Anderson, Tanner LaForce, and Tanner Hanley. All three shared the load equally and diminished Polk County’s ability to shut down any one player.  The ‘Kees’ offensive line is still without senior Anthony Dyer, but was able to make holes for the Greenback ground attack.

The ‘Kees struggled at times through air, but as the game progressed quarterbacks Samuel McCloud and Hunter Willis, taking turns under center, found better downfield opportunities. Willis connected with Anderson for a 20+ yard reception that set up a touchdown one play later. He also hit senior Braxton Fox for a 4-yard score. McCloud hooked up with sophomore Tavin Kilpatrick for a 25+ yard touchdown.

McCloud also connected with Fox for the game’s first score from about 15 yards out.

The Cherokees were stymied for two consecutive drives midway through the contest as Polk County’s defense stiffened against the run. After one Cherokee drive ended at the Wildcat 35 yard line, Fox hit a 52-yard field goal that broke a 21-21 tie.

That opened up the passing opportunities that came later in the contest, as the Cherokees added two final, unanswered touchdowns.

Greenback will closeout the 2014 preseason at the annual Blount County Jamboree at William Blount High School. The ‘Kees will take on the Governors during third quarter action. Opening quarter kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

Greenback mixes it up with Polk County

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

Lets get it started

Greenback travels to Sweetwater Friday for a rematch of last season’s opener with the Wildcats. The Cherokees prevailed last season 41-14, but don’t expect the ‘Kees to take this contest lightly. Fans can expect a potent Sweetwater offense led by an experienced senior quarterback.

The ‘Kees having been healing some players and hope to get back near full strength by kickoff. Support your Cherokees this Friday at Sweetwater at 7:30 p.m.


NBC Today Show to accompany Cherokees to Sweetwater today

The Cherokees will host a producer from NBC’s Today Show during today’s opening game against the Sweetwater Wildcats. Reportedly, the Today Show team is working on a story that involves the new helmet sensor technology currently installed in some of the ‘Kees helmets.

Interviews and taping will take place both in Greenback before departure and at Sweetwater.

For more details, see today’s Daily Times story here.

It’s time, Greenback!

But first, this is Today.

Go ‘Kees!