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High school football: Cherokee Bluff dominates LaFayette to open Class 3A state playoffs
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Cherokee Bluff's Charles Tolbert runs with the ball against LaFayette in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs on Friday in Flowery Branch. Paul Sasso/ MV Photo Concepts

Cherokee Bluff's first postseason football game in school history was a resounding success. 

Now, the Bears (10-1) are one of 16 teams left in the race for the state title in Class 3A. 

On Friday, Jayquan Smith had a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Eli Little added a 36-yard touchdown on a fumble return before the end of the game, resulting in a 35-7 victory against LaFayette.

Smith finished the game with three touchdown runs and 15 carries for 90 yards. His touchdown runs were for 12, 34 and 5 yards.

Eric Gohman added a 76-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Sebastian Irons. 

With the win, Cherokee Bluff will host Carver-Atlanta in the second round on Dec. 3. 

Carver-Atlanta beat Hart County 32-21 on Friday. 

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