Cherokee coach on tonight's game with Waurika
November 16, 2018
The Cherokee Chiefs have a had a great 2018 Fall season. They are 4-1 in league play. Now, they are headed to the playoffs. They play Waurika tonight, Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
The Review-Courier spoke with Coach Bryce Schanbacher.
Review-Courier: How has the season gone?
Schanbacher: It’s gone really well. Coming into the season, our main goal was to make it into the playoffs. We missed out last year and that was the first time in a long time that we haven’t been in the playoffs. As the year progressed, we felt like we had an opportunity to maybe win the district and we did have the opportunity to play for that. These guys have just gotten better and better every week. As we’ve progressed through the season, our expectations have risen.
How was the overall health of the team this season? Any current injuries?
We’ve had some injuries. Lake Lyon, freshman, was our quarterback most of the season; he got injured Week 3 against Waynoka. He missed a few weeks, but then came back and was able to play our first two district games. He then re-injured his shoulder and had been out since then. Then we put Kade Chace to quarterback. Against Ringwood we lost two linebackers in the first quarter, and we actually got one of those linebackers back last week. We’re still short a linebacker there, so we’ve had to do some moving around. The guys have stepped up and moved around and also played out of position. We would like to be more healthy than we are right now, but this late in the season you're going to have those things happen.
How do you feel the team matches up to your next opponent?
On film it appears we have a bit of a size advantage. Speed-wise, they appear to be pretty fast. They are not very big, but quick. The challenge will be if we can contain that. We’re going to have to gang tackle, swarm to the ball, things like that. Offensively, I think we can line up and do the things that’s gotten us to this point. I don’t see any reasons to make any major adjustments to that stuff. It will be an interesting match up Friday.