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High school football: Cherokee Bluff drops another tight battle, moves to 2-2 in Region 8-4A
Cherokee Bluff faces Cedar Shoals on Sept. 29, 2022 in Flowery Branch. - photo by Bill Murphy

Cherokee Bluff’s turnovers were too much to overcome in a 21-19 loss to Cedar Shoals on Thursday at Yonah Field. 

Trailing by two points midway through the fourth quarter, the Bears threw a critical interception that Cedar Shoals took back to the 35. 

Cherokee Bluff (2-4, 2-2 Region 8-4A) turned it over four times, a week after losing a 14-12 heartbreaker against North Hall. 

Still, the Bears put up a good fight in the second half. 

Cherokee Bluff’s Landon Kemp hit Carlos Marlow on a double pass for a 36-yard touchdown with 5:30 left to play, bringing it back to a 21-19 hole. 

Cedar Shoals made it a two-possession game early in the fourth quarter with Devin Hester’s 59-yard catch and run for the score to go ahead 21-12.

In the third quarter, Perry Haynes barreled into the end zone, which drew the Bears back to within 14-12 after a failed 2-point try. 

Earlier in the drive, senior Jhace Justice had a clutch 40-yard grab from quarterback Asher Wilson. 

In the first quarter, Connor Griffin punched it in from the 1, giving the Bears an early 6-0 edge. 

Haynes had a game-high 87 rushing yards for the Bears. 

Up next, Cherokee Bluff visits East Forsyth on Oct. 7 in Gainesville. 

Thursday's scores

Cedar Shoals 21, Cherokee Bluff 19

Madison County 39, Chestatee 8

East Forsyth 45, East Hall 0

Clarke Central 17, Flowery Branch 7

Bethlehem Christian 24, Lakeview Academy 7

North Oconee 70, North Hall 7

Gilmer 45, West Hall 3

Lanier Christian 58, Notre Dame Academy 0

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