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          The Cherokee County Warriors and the North Jackson Chiefs battled for 48 minutes to determine the winner of a classic game in 1991. Most of the game was dominated by the defenses before the offenses came to life in the last five minutes of the game. The two teams scored four touchdowns in the last five minutes of the game after scoring only twice in the first 44 minutes.

          The Chiefs put together a 62-yard drive to score on their first series of the game and take a 7-0 lead that they held for nearly three quarters. Quarterback Chris Stewart scored on an 8-yard run for North Jackson with 5:00 remaining in the first quarter. The Warriors came back with a drive that reached the North Jackson four-yard line before stalling.

          Midway through the third period, Brian Bouchillon returned a North Jackson punt 19 yards to set up the Warriors in great field possession at the Chiefs 23-yard line. Michael Perry scored on the first play to pull Cherokee County within one-point at 7-6. The extra point was blocked and the Chiefs still led with 2:07 left in the third.

          The Warrior's defense held the Chiefs on their next possession forcing a punt. Cherokee County again mounted a 75-yard drive that used eleven-plays to reach pay dirt. Michael Perry scored again on a 20-yard run to give the Warriors their first lead of the evening at 14-7 after Johnson passed to Moseley for the two-point conversion with 4:17 left in the game. 

          North Jackson took over after the ensuing kickoff on their own 3-yard line. The drive seemed to stall after three consecutive passes left them facing a fourth-and-ten from the Cherokee County 48-yard line. With 3:03 remaining, Stewart found Thomas Hutchins open for a 48-yard touchdown pass on fourth down.

          A run failed to pick up the two-point conversion and the Warriors still led 14-13. The Chiefs elected to try an onside kick but the attempt was recovered by the Warriors near midfield. On first down, Michael Perry raced 47 yards for a touchdown and following Moseley's kick the Warriors led 20-13.

          North Jackson took possession after the kickoff at their 33-yard line. Eight plays later Stewart ran 11 yards for a touchdown on third down to pull the Chiefs within one-point at 20-19. The Chiefs decided to attempt a two-point conversion and win the game with 32 seconds remaining. A tie would have sent the game to overtime.

         A pass from Stewart intended for Walker fell incomplete and the Warriors were winners in a wild game on their home field. Following a failed onside kick attempt, Cherokee County ran out the final few seconds of the game for the victory.

          Michael Perry rushed for 184 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Warriors.




North Jackson ...................................   7   0   0 12 -19
Cherokee County ..............................   0   0   6 13 -20
   
North Jackson - Chris Stewart 8-yard run (Robert Collier kick) 5:00
Cherokee County - Michael Perry 23-yard run (Jerrod Moseley kick) 2:07
Cherokee County - Michael Perry 20-yard run (Jerrod Moseley kick) 4:17
North Jackson - Chris Stewart to Thomas Hutchins 48-yard pass (two-point failed) 3:03
Cherokee County - Michael Perry 47-yard run (Jerrod Moseley kick)
North Jackson - Chris Stewart 11-yard run (two-point failed) 0:27


Cherokee County
1991

9/6 27 Emma Sansom . . . . . . . 13
9/13 14 Fort Payne . . . . . . . . 33
9/20 8 Anniston . . . . . . . . . . 35
9/27 35 Sardis . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
10/5 50 East Paulding GA . . . 6
10/11 20 North Jackson . . . . . 19
10/18 41 Courtland . . . . . . . . . 47
10/25 42 Glencoe . . . . . . . . . . . 7
11/2 15 Litchfield . . . . . . . . 30
11/8 48 Hokes Bluff . . . . . . . 20
11/15 31 Alexandria * . . . . . . 26
11/22 12 Leeds * . . . . . . . . . . . 22

343 7-5 271

* Playoff game
North Jackson
1991

9/6 6 Fort Payne . . . . . . . . 28
9/13 35 Fairview . . . . . . . . . . 0
9/20 25 Scottsboro . . . . . . . . 0
9/27 21 Albertville . . . . . . . 7
10/4 0 Franklin County TN . . 10
10/11 19 Cherokee County . . . . 20
10/18 14 Guntersville . . . . . . 7
10/25 33 North Greene TN . . . . 3
11/1 34 Buckhorn . . . . . . . . . . 0
11/8 52 West Point . . . . . . . . 0
11/15 27 Winfield * . . . . . . . . 7
11/22 12 Colbert County * . . . 7
11/29 14 Deshler * . . . . . . . . . 28

292 9-4 117

* Playoff game



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