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Cherokees smother Big Red

CCHS sophomore receiver Clint Ramsey looks for running room during the Fighting Cocks loss at South-Doyle on Friday night.
Published: 10:51 AM, 10/06/2012 Last updated: 11:00 AM, 10/06/2012

Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

KNOXVILLE-A domating effort by District 2-AAA upstart South-Doyle High School was no match for the Cocke County High School Fighting Cocks on Friday night.

A 28-point second quarter and a dominating defensive approach for the Cherokees were the catalyst in a 41-0 rout of Cocke County.

South-Doyle held Cocke County to 101 yards in the first shutout of the Fighting Cocks since the 2009 season.

"It was a tough night," Cocke County coach Greg Hacker said. "They're pretty good up front - they're better than Jefferson County.

"We couldn't deal with their pressure - passing-wise or running the ball," Hacker said. "The first series we drove it a little, but then we stalled out and couldn't get it going again."

CCHS junior D.J. Haney, the third-leading rusher in District 2-AAA, was held to 47 yards on 22 carries.

South-Doyle defensive linemen combined for 15 tackles in the game. The Cherokees also had 11 tackles for loss for 43 yards and five sacks in the game.

The Cherokees' defensive line is an experienced, talented unit - which is the perfect mix according to South-Doyle fourth-year coach Clark Duncan.

"Experience is everything," Duncan said of his team's defensive line. "I don't care how talented you are, experience is everything.

"We've got a mix of experience and talented younger kids and our seniors are showing leadership and helping those young kids grow up quick," Duncan said.

For the full story, see the October 6-7 weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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