CANTON, Ga. - Congrats to the Sequoyah Chiefs - our High 5 Sports Team of the Week!
Sequoyah is one of the surprise teams of 2018, upsetting then 6th-ranked Dalton in convincing fashion 42-14 in week three. The Chiefs not only knocked Dalton out of the top ten, but secured their own spot in the rankings, occupying the tenth position in this week's Associated Press Georgia Football Prep Poll.
"Hickory Flat is our community," said third-year athletic director Craig McKinney. "We're 15 minutes from any highway so we still have that tight-knit small town feel. We're really the only game in town on Fridays. If you want to get to Atlanta it will take a while on Friday nights."
The Chiefs feature a stingy defense that's surrendered only 21 points in their first three games. Cornerback Emmanuel Jenkins has picked up 16 collegiate offers and is playing at a high level along with fellow corner Myles McGee.
A talented senior-laden defensive line continues to wear down opponents late in games. Connor Johnston and Spencer Clark anchor the interior of the line while senior linebacker Adam LaSelva patrols the middle of the field with superior tackling skills.
Offensively, the Chiefs have benefited from 3rd-year starter Collier Pecht's experience- especially after they switched back to the more familiar Wing-T. Teter instituted a spread offense for a brief period beginning in 2015, before scraping it in favor of the more traditional Wing-T, an offense that Pecht ran while playing quarterback in middle school.
A pair of senior running backs carries the load on the ground. Cole Jacobs ran for 200 yards against Dalton and D.J. King continues to be a dependable option for the Chief's play callers.
Thursday morning, the Chiefs were celebrated with an honorary Team of the Week pep rally, where they were presented with the coveted High 5 Sports Hand Trophy.