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December 7, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Troy Domenick looked like a strong safety as a sophomore. He was tall, thin, rangy. He still resembles a strong safety as a senior, although he's a little taller, a little thicker, and a lot more physical in his play. But now he's a defensive end. And he probably has been the most consistent, dependable, and productive player for one of South Jersey's top defenses. "If you had told me he was going to be an All-South Jersey-caliber defensive end when he was a sophomore, I never would have believed it," Cherokee coach P.J. Mehigan said.
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November 12, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a primer on the state football playoffs, which begin this weekend: South Jersey Group 5 Field: 1. Eastern. 2. Cherokee. 3. Jackson. 4. Millville. 5. Williamstown. 6. Rancocas Valley. 7. Washington Twp. 8. Atlantic City. Defending champion: Williamstown. Dark horse: Millville. The Thunderbolts have explosive speed in juniors Ryquell Armstead and Rob Ennis, and a top lineman in Penn State recruit Antoine White. Their only two losses were to Holy Spirit and St. Joseph, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in The Inquirer Top 25. Player to watch: Eastern senior quarterback Tom Flacco.
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November 11, 2013 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dae'shon Davis etched his name into the Woodrow Wilson football record book during a 30-8 nonleague victory over visiting Deptford on Saturday afternoon in Camden. Davis, a senior, caught a pair of touchdowns, the second of which gave him 16 this year and made him Wilson's single-season record holder. Quarterback Tymir Walker had a big day of his own, throwing for 264 yards and four TDs. In other nonleague action: Parker Arend's 25-yard, fourth-quarter field goal proved to be the difference in a 16-14 victory for Haddon Heights at Audubon.
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November 7, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Denis Hickey pounced on a shot by Mike Ross that ricocheted off the crossbar in the 55th minute, and sixth-seeded Cherokee held off visiting No. 11 Lenape, 1-0, in the first round of the South Jersey Group 4 soccer tournament Tuesday. Clearview 1, Millville 0: Joe Dibabbo scored in the 95th minute on an assist from Gavin Bright to lift the host, third-seeded Pioneers. Ricky Nelson made four saves. Sean Matias had 16 saves for No. 14 Millville. Shawnee 1, Rancocas Valley 0 PKs: Dalton Wu made seven saves in regulation and two more in overtime, as the No. 13 Renegades won at No. 4 Rancocas Valley.
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November 5, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's November. It's getting colder. It's getting darker. And Lenape is preparing to play a big football game. "What more can you ask for than that?" Lenape coach Tim McAneney said. Lenape set the stage for the program's biggest game in several seasons with a 28-22 win over Rancocas Valley on Saturday. The victory improved Lenape's record to 3-4 and put the Indians in position to qualify for the South Jersey Group 5 tournament with a victory over fourth-ranked Eastern (7-1)
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October 27, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The black-and-blue West Jersey Football League American Division has proven as difficult as advertised, as no lead is safe against the premier teams. Cherokee saw this firsthand by scoring early and holding on late for a 28-21 win over visiting Eastern on Friday night in a battle of Inquirer Top 5 teams. Ranked No. 5 in South Jersey, the Chiefs improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the American. The second-ranked Vikings fell to 6-1, 3-1. Cherokee extended its lead to 28-7 when Matt Stickney scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run with 6 minutes, 22 seconds left.
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October 21, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not much has gotten past Tanner Kerr this season. The Middle Township goalkeeper had to hold the fort just a bit longer Saturday, but the result didn't change. After 100 minutes of scoreless boys' soccer, Middle Township advanced over visiting Cherokee on penalty kicks in the South Jersey Coaches Tournament. Kerr made 15 saves to record his 12th shutout, and he stopped two of the four shots in the penalty round. Scott Kurkowski, Corey Daniels, and Matt Waldron converted kicks, and the fifth-seeded Panthers moved on. Cherokee keeper Anthony Cutillo made eight saves.
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October 20, 2013
SOCCER SOUTH JERSEY COACHES TOURNAMENT Cherokee 3, Bishop Eustace 2 (OT): Ally Weaver's golden goal lifted No. 10 seed Cherokee to victory over seventh-seeded Bishop Eustace. The goal came 37 seconds into sudden death off an assist from Ashley Koester, who had scored Cherokee's two goals up to that point. Ally Fiato and Taylor Tralie scored for the Crusaders. The Chiefs will play Lenape in the second round. Holy Cross 4, West Deptford 1: Two goals from sophomore Erica Wallace helped the fifth-seeded Lancers down No. 12 West Deptford.
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October 14, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first running play went for 5 yards. The second for 10 yards. The third for 27 yards. "We wanted to show everybody we could get back to the old-school Cherokee power running game," Cherokee senior running back Matt Stickney said after the Chiefs' 45-0 victory at Washington Township in a West Jersey Football League American Division game on Saturday. Cherokee's offensive line set the tone for the dominant victory, clearing the way for Stickney, junior tailback Marc Woodard, and senior fullback Juan Ibarrondo to combine for 237 rushing yards in the first half.
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October 13, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a closer look at three football games Saturday and Monday. Paulsboro (3-0) at Woodbury (2-1), 1 p.m. Monday. These old rivals always seem to collide with the Colonial Patriot division on the line, and this season is no different. The visiting Red Raiders play sturdy defense, having allowed just 33 points, and feature a strong running game behind De'shaun Burgess and Leon Rone. The Thundering Herd have top playmakers in Jeray Demby and Daevon Ayers. Pick: Woodbury, 19-13.
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