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High school football: Shad Dabney chooses Cherokee Bluff for his senior year
Two-sport star left Riverside Military after it decided to cancel fall sports for 2020
Shad Dabney
Riverside Military's Shad Dabney runs with the ball against Lakeview Academy during the 2019 game in Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers

On Friday, rising senior Shad Dabney decided he will play football this fall at Cherokee Bluff in Flowery Branch. He opted to make the move after his former school, Riverside Military Academy, chose to cancel its fall sports for 2020, due to coronavirus concerns. 

"I can't wait to get to work at Cherokee Bluff," said Dabney, who accounted for more than 2,000 yards of offense in 2019 for the Eagles. "We're ready to get out there and shock the world this season."

Dabney plays on both sides of the field in football, currently with 27 Division I scholarship offers to play at the next level. 

Dabney is also a star basketball player, but is unsure if he will play at Cherokee Bluff next year, due to his plans to graduate early and enroll at his college home. 

The new Bears player said he liked Cherokee Bluff due to his familiarity with so many members of its coaching staff. Dabney played his freshman year at Gainesville. 

Dabney said he consulted in depth with members of the Riverside Military coaching staff, including head coach Nick Garrett, before coming to his decision. 

In 2019, second-year Cherokee Bluff won its first two games in school history. Dabney joins a talented offense that has rising junior Jayquan Smith, who topped 1,000 yards last season. 

Cherokee Bluff hosts Johnson to open its season Aug. 21 in Flowery Branch. 

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