Braves Over Rams 45-17 to Make It 3 In A Row In Bell Series







            The 9th-ranked Cheraw Braves used a big-play offense and a bend, but don’t break defensive effort to post a dominating 45-17 win over the Chesterfield Golden Rams last Friday night at “The Battleground.”  The victory avenged a 42-21 loss to the Rams in Week 0 and capped a perfect region slate for the second consecutive season.  The win also allowed Cheraw to hold on to the “Phillips Bell” for the third year in a row and was the Braves’ fifth consecutive victory.Several more records were set last Friday night, as David Brown set a single-game record with 210 receiving yards and three touchdowns, while Josh Burkett shattered the interception record in a game with four.  Tristen Campbell also set a single-season record with his 18th touchdown pass and Michael Cranford tied his own single-game scoring mark for a kicker with nine points.  Baylen English added 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Campbell threw for 274 yards and three scores in the win.

Danzel Rivers continued his steller junior campaign with 333 yards in the air, while Makhal Gaston finished the night with seven receptions for 159 yards.  The contest lasted for nearly three hours, as the Rams ran 71 offensive plays and the Braves had 59 snaps.  Coach Billy Amick’s defensive unit racked up nine sacks in the win, as they limited the home team to only 29 rushing yards in 32 attempts.


            The Braves improved to 6-4 with the victory, closing out a perfect 6-0 region record, while the Golden Rams finished the season with a 6-4 mark, but only 3-3 in region play.  Cheraw earned the #3 seed in the Upper State Class AA playoffs and they will open with a home game against Ninety-Six, while Chesterfield got the #8 seed and they will travel to Chesnee to face the top-seeded Eagles.


            “I am very excited and proud of the way that we played tonight,” Coach Johnny White stated after the win.  “Our kids really wanted this game and they came outwith a great attitude.  It is very important to go into the playoffs with some momentum and this group really has some right now.  Winning the last five games is something to build on and this group is ready to go in the playoffs,” Coach White added.

 The Braves won the coin toss and defered their option until the second half, so the high-powered Chesterfield offense got to get the football first.  The Rams moved right down the field and got the pigskin to the 29-yard line, but a Tallon Campbell sack on third down and a quarterback pressure by Steven Douglas on fourth down, forced the home team to turn the ball over on downs.


            Cheraw came out in ther wishbone formation, but they wasted no time in going to the air, as Campbell found David Brown on an out route, at the 40-yard stripe.  Brown made one man miss and he was off to the races for a 73-yard touchdown.  Michael Cranford added the PAT and the visitors had a quick 7-0 advantage with 7:57     left in the first period of play.


            A facemask penalty on the ensuing kickoff gave the home team great field position, at their own 45-yard line, and Rivers went right back to the air.  He hooked up with John Johnson on two consecutive aerials and then found Makhal Gaston for 32 yards to get the ball down to the Cheraw three-yard line.  The Braves then stuffed Jaquan Harris in the backfield, on first and second down, and then they tackled Rivers at the five-yard line on third down.  Steven Douglas and Baylen English then broke through the line and sacked Rivers at the 15-yard stripe, on fourth down, and the Braves held on downs to continue their early momentum.


            “That goal line stand may have been the key moment in this game, as we were able to hold them out of the end zone and keep the early momentum that we had built up,”  Coach White stated .The Cheraw offensive unit then mixed up the run and the pass on their next possession, as they ran out the rest of the 4:23 that was left in the first quarter.The Braves finished the opening stanza with 109 total yards and five first downs, while the Rams had 92 total yards and four first downs.  Cheraw had run 13 offensive plays, while the home team had taken 18 offensive snaps.  Lightning struck on the very first play of the second period, as Baylen English faked a handoff on the zone-read and dashed 40 yards for a touchdown, right down the middle of the field.  Michael Cranford added the PAT and the Braves now had a 14-0 lead with 11:51 left before intermission.  English’s run capped off an 85-yard march in 12 plays, as he was hardly touched after faking the ball to Anfernee Jackson.

  The home team refused to quit though and they came right back with an answer on their next drive.  The key play in the 74-yard scoring march was a 32-yard pass play from Rivers to Gaston, on a third down and nine play.  Senerio Johnson capped the drive with an 11-yard scoring reception, as he caught the ball near the five-yard stripe and then broke at least two tackles before he hit paydirt.  Michael Smith added the PAT and the Rams had cut the Cheraw lead to 14-7 with 10:01 stillleft in the second quarter.

  Monte Pratt almost broke the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, but he was tackled at the Chesterfield 30-yard stripe, after a 57-yard return.  A personal foul penalty against the Braves backed the ball up to the 45-yard line and the offensive unit could not go anywhere.  Two incomplete passes and a sack of Campbell, the only sack of the contest, brought out Josh Burkett to punt the ball away.  Burkett got off a high floater that rolled dead at the Chesterfield 13-yard line.

  Rivers went right back to the air, connecting on three of his next four passes to get the ball to the Cheraw 45-yard stripe, but two consecutive penalties on the home team backed the pigskin all the way up to the Chesterfield 33-yard line.  It looked like the Braves would force a punt, but Rivers found Gaston once again and the junior receiver gained 39 yards, on third down, to pick up a first down.  Jaquan Harris then fumbled the ball on the very next play and Steven Douglas fell on it for Cheraw, to end another Chesterfield scoring threat.


            A personal foul penalty against the Braves backed the ball up to the 15-yard stripe and there was 4:27 left in the first half of play, so Coach White had a decision to make.  He started out the drive by running the ball and English was able to convert on two third downs to get the ball out to the 40-yard stripe.  Campbell then hookedup with Montel Myers and then David Brown and suddenly the ball was the the Rams’ 30-yard line.  Campbell then found DeMarcus McManus for 22 yards, on a corner route, and then he spiked the ball.  Josh Burkett then caught the next pass at the five-yard line, but he could not get out of bounds.  Campbell had to spike the ball once again and he did so with 2.9 seconds left on the clock.  Michael Cranford then came on and calmly booted a 22-yard field goal, as time expired, to give Cheraw a 17-7 lead at the halftime break.  Cranford’s kick was from the dreaded right hash, as his boot capped the 80-yard, 15-play drive, to end the first half.


            The halftime stats were very even, as Cheraw had 233 total yards and 11 first downs, while the home team had 256 total yards and they also had 11 first downs.  “That field goal right before the half was very big for us. That kick gave us some momentum, plus we knew that we were getting the ball to open the third quarter,”  Coach White said.


            Coach White’s words were quite prophetic, as Josh Burkett returned the second half kickoff out to the midfield stripe and the Braves went right to work.  Baylen English did most of the work on the ground, but a fourth down pass from Tristen Campbell to DeMarcus McManus kept the drive alive.  English finished off the scoring drive with a very determined 12-yard scamper, as he broke at least three tackles along the way.  Cranford added his third PAT of the night and the Cheraw lead was now up to 24-7 with 8:04 left in the third period Josh Burkett then kept things going for the Braves, as he stepped in front of a Danzel Rivers pass at the 30-yard stripe and returned the ball to the Rams’ 23-yard line.  Burkett was hit hard at the end of the run and he fumbled the ball away.  Jaquan Harris was right there to fall on it for the home team, as they got thepigskin back after the turnover.It looked like the home team would take advantage of their big break, as the Rivers to Gaston combination hooked up once again, this one for 39 yards, to move the ball down to the Cheraw 27-yard line.  Josh Burkett would have none of that though, as the junior defensive back made a circus play on Rivers’ next pass.Burkett tipped the ball and then made a diving catch, for his second interception of the game, at the Cheraw 20-yard stripe  Three runs by English gained ten yards and a first down, so it was time for another big play by the Braves.  Campbell found David Brown on a simple slant pattern and the fleet-footed wide receiver scampered 70 yards for his second touchdown of the contest.  Brown really turned on the jets, as he outran Makhal Gastonfor the score.  Michael Cranford’s PAT was good and the Cheraw lead had grown to 31-7 and there was still 4:13 left in the third quarter.  Josh Burkett then came up with his third interception of the night, on Chesterfield’s next possession, but the Braves could not take advantage of it.  DeMarcus McManus and David Brown both had touchdown passes go off their finger tips, so the home team got the ball back on downs.Consecutive sacks by Aaron Hughes and Larry Strong backed the ball up to the Rams’ nine-yard line and after a 34-yard punt by Rivers, the Braves got the pigskin back at the Rams’ 43-yard line.  David Brown then finished off his record-setting night with his best catch of the game, as he snared a pass near the Cheraw 20-yard line and then tightroped his way down the sideline for his third score.  Cranford’s PAT upped the Cheraw lead to 38-7, as the third period finally came to an end.Josh Burkett then put the finishing touch on his spectacular night, as he picked off his fourth pass of the game and ran it back 40 yards for Cheraw’sfinal touchdown.  Michael Cranford’s sixth PAT of the game was good and the Braves now had a 45-7 lead with 11:48 left in the contest.Jaquan Harris added a four-yard touchdown run and Michael Smith booted a 27-yard field goal, for the home team, to account for the 45-17 final score.“As I said earlier, I was very pleased with the team effort tonight from our group,” Coach White stated.  “This team has really come a long way and we are not through yet.  Our goal every year is to win the region championship and to make a deep run in the playoffs.  We accomplished the first part of that, so now comes the playoffs.  We play Ninety-Six first and all I know about them is that they will be very well-coached.  They run a spread offense, which is patterned after Auburn and Clemson, so we will have out work cut out for us,”  Coach White added   “I would also like to thank all of the fans that came to Chesterfield tonight.  That really meant a lot to the team.  We will need a big crowd to come out this Friday night, as it looks like this will be our last home game.  This team has really worked hard this season and they really feed off a loud home crowd,”  Coach White said.





                                    #17                   Senior wide receiver, David Brown, set a school record with 210 receiving yards and three touchdowns  in Cheraw’s 45-17 win over Chesterfield.




                                                                                                (DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK)


                                    #1                     Junior defensive back, Josh Burkett, also set a school record with four interceptions in last Friday’s game and he also returned one 40 yards for a touchdown in Cheraw’s win over Chesterfield.                



Braves Go To 3-0 In Region Topping Central 14-7








            An offensive shootout is one thing that never takes place when the Cheraw Braves meet the Central Eagles on the gridiron and last Friday night’s game was no different, as Coach Johnny White’s squad took advantage of five Central turnovers and used a steller defensive effort in the second half to post a 14-7 victory at Willam D.    Johnson Stadium in Pageland.  It was Cheraw’s second consecutive win in Pageland and puts the Braves’ squarely in the driver’s seat in the Region 4 title race.


            Coach Billy Amick’s defensive unit held the Eagles to only 23 yards in the second half and 144 total yards for the game.  Gary Heath paced the Eagles with           118 rushing yards on 21 attempts, but he missed most of the second half with severe cramps.  Baylen English led a punishing ground game for Cheraw with 92 yards          on 22 carries, while Stephon Harrington added 65 yards on 16 rushes.  David Brown continued his steller senior campaign by tying a school record for receptions in a

game with seven catches for 82 yards and he accounted for both of Cheraw’s touchdowns.  The Braves also controlled the clock in this one, as they ran 68 offensive    plays and kept the football for 29:11, while the Eagles only had 46 offensive snaps and they had the pigskin for 18:49. 


            The Braves improved to 3-4 on the season, but a pertect 3-0 in region play, while the Eagles fell to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the region.


            “I am extremely excited for our team and assistant coaches,” Coach Johnny White stated immediately after the contest.  “This win was a true team effort, as our players had a great week of practice and the coaches had a great gameplan in place.  I still thought we left some points out there tonight, but you’ve got to give Central    credit for stopping us.  They did a super job of scouting us and they were able to take away a few things that we really like to do, but our kids never quit and we did just enough to pull out this big region win,”  Coach White added.


            Cheraw won the coin toss and elected to defer their option until the second half, so their defensive unit could set the tone for the night.  The defense did just that,     as they forced a fumble by Dedric Robinson at the Central 40-yard line and Mantrell Ellerbe was right there to fall on the loose football.  The offense then got the ball down to the 17-yard line, thanks to a 13-yard pass play from Tristen Campbell to David Brown, but the Eagles’ defense rose up and stopped Baylen English on fourth down and four.


            The stop on downs seemed to give the Central offense a little spark and they proceeded to go 84 yards in nine plays to take the early lead.  Gary Heath capped   off the long march with a 30-yard scamper around the left end, as he found a seam in the Cheraw defense and darted towards paydirt.  Aaron Edgeworth added the PAT and the home team had a 7-0 advantage with 3:06 left in the first period of play.  The big play in the scoring march was a pass interference penalty against Cheraw, on a third down and five play, from the Cheraw 21-yard line.


            The Eagles turned the ball over again on their next possession, as Dedric Robinson fumbled the pigskin for the second time and Deonte Grant was right there      for the Braves, as the first quarter came to a close.  The Eagles led the way with 86 total yards and five first downs, while the Braves only had 40 total yards and two first downs.


            Cheraw took advantage of this break, as they mixed up the run and the pass, to go 37 yards in nine plays to draw to within 7-6.  Tristen Campbell connected with David Brown on two occasions on the scoring drive, with the second one being a five-yard scoring strike, on a simple crossing route.  The scoring pass came on a fourth down and goal play, as Brown used his tall frame to shield off a Central defender.  Travay Hatten then made a big play for the home team, as he busted through the middle of the line and blocked Michael Cranford’s PAT attempt to preserve Central’s slim 7-6 lead with 9:25 still left in the first half.


            Both teams had one more possession in the first half and both defenses held on downs.  The Eagles got down to the Cheraw 38-yard line, but John Ashley Rollings’ fourth down pass sailed high over David Allen’s head.  Cheraw got a lot closer, as they got all the way down to the Central 10-yard stripe, but Campbell’s fourth down pass also sailed high over David Brown’s head and the two region foes headed into intermission with the home team holding a 7-6 advantage.


            “I thought about trying a field goal there at the end of the first half, but I just did not feel good about our matchups on the line of scrimmage,” Coach White said.  “They had already blocked a PAT and we only needed three yards, but things just did not work out.  We had an open receiver in the middle of the endzone, but the pass     was just a little too high,” Coach White added.


            The halftime statistics were just about as even as the score, as Cheraw had 123 total yards and eight first downs, while the Eagles had 121 total yards and     seven first downs.  Gary Heath already had 101 rushing yards on 15 carries, but he did look a little shaken up at the end of the first half.


            The Braves would get the football first in the second half, but they give it right back to the home team, as Calrico Miller picked off a Tristen Campbell pass,

at the Cheraw 37-yard line.  Campbell had DeMarcus McManus open down the seam, but the junior quarterback was hit as he released the football and Miller was right there to get the pick.


            The Eagles would return the favor only six plays later, as Josh Burkett picked off a Rollings pass at the 10-yard stripe and ran it all the way back out to the         40-yard line.  A blocking in the back penalty nullified the big return and forced the Braves to set up shop at their own 14-yard line.  Three running plays and a punt later    and the home team had the pigskin back in Cheraw territory, at the 38-yard line.


            Rollings then threw his second interception of the night, immediately after a sack by Deonte Grant, as DeMarcus McManus picked off the overthrown pass           at the 30-yard stripe. 


            The Braves then went 70 yards in 12 plays to take the lead and they used exactly 6:00 off the scoreboard clock.  They key play on the scoring march was a      20-yard connection from Tristen Campbell to David Brown, on a fourth down and fifteen play.  Those same two hooked up on the touchdown pass, as Brown went up      high to haul in the 13-yard scoring pass, in the back of the endzone.  Baylen English would not be denied on the two-point conversion, as the senior halfback never        quit driving his legs until the officials signaled that he had made it into the endzone.  The two-point play made it 14-7 with 11:11 still left in the contest.


            The turnover bug continued to haunt the home team, as Heath fumbled the snap on Central’s next possession and Baylen English recovered for the Braves.  Cheraw got down to the Eagles’ 23-yard line, but the Central defense rose up and stopped the Braves on downs with 7:52 left on the clock


            The Eagles could only manage one first down on their next possession and they had to punt the football back to Cheraw.  Dennis Miller only got off a 28-yard    punt, so Cheraw got the pigskin back, at their own 40-yard stripe, with 4:48 left in the contest.


            It was now time for the senior-laden offensive line to take over the contest and that’s exactly what they did, as the home team never got the football back.

Baylen English and Stephon Harrington took turns running the ball and after four first downs, Tristen Campbell took a knee and the Braves had captured a 14-7

win over Central in a fierce defensive struggle.


            “I really cannot say enough about our defense played out there tonight, especially in the second half,” Coach White stated.  “To hold that team to only 23       yards in the last two quarters is quite a feat and those kids and coaches should be very proud of that effort.  The five turnovers also helped us, but most of those were caused by our hard hitting.  We still have to work on cashing in when the defense gives the offense a short field, but we will continue to work on that,”  Coach White



            “That last drive was really a thing of beauty.  We made some adjustments and ran more off tackle and to the outside, instead of right up the middle.  The    offensive line really took over and blocked well and that enabled us to run the last 4:41 off the clock.  This game was truly a test of wills, as they have a really good      defense and they forced us to throw the football.  We made just enough plays to win and that’s all that counts in a very evenly matched football game.” Coach White    said.


            “We’ve got Andrew Jackson next and this will be our last regular season home game.  They are a spread team and their quarterback is a three-year starter.     They like to throw it all over the place, so we have to get ready for that.  I am more worried about our team and how we play though.  We still have some lofty goals out there and our job is to get better every week and peak in the playoffs,”  Coach White said.





                        #17                   Senior receiver, David Brown, hauled in seven passes for 82 yards and he scored both touchdowns

                                                in Cheraw’s 14-7 win over Central.  



                                                                                             (DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK)


                        #1                     Junior defensive back, Josh Burkett, led the Cheraw defense with five solo tackles and one interception

                                                in Cheraw’s 14-7 win over Central.




Marlboro County Over Cheraw 17-0







            Any fans that enjoy some good old-fashioned defensive football were in the right place last Friday night, as the Marlboro County Bulldogs limited the Cheraw Braves  to only 97 yards of total offense in route to a 17-0 victory at Meiklejohn Field in Cheraw.  The Bulldogs got their first win of the season by capitalizing on four Cheraw turnovers and a short field to account for their points.  Coach Dean Boyd’s “Black Dawg” defense racked up 13 tackles for loss in the shutout, as they frequently stacked the box and dared the short-handed Braves to throw the football.


            London Johnson returned to action on Friday night, after missing the last game with bruised ribs, but he only completed 9 of his 26 passes for 107 yards.  Myrone Williams led the way for the Bulldogs with seven receptions for 108 yards, while A.J. McLean had 61 rushing yards in only five carries and he scored one touchdown.  Baylen English paced the Cheraw rushing attack with 64 yards on 13 carries, as he accounted for 2/3 of the Braves’ total offense.


            The Braves fell to 0-3 with the loss, while Marlboro County improved to 1-2 with the victory.  Cheraw will open region play on Friday night with a home matchup  against Indian Land, while the Bulldogs will travel to Conway to face the Tigers. 


            “We are all disappointed with the outcome tonight, but it sure was not that we were not ready to play,” Coach White said.  “Our biggest problem tonight was that    we simply did not execute very well at all.  We could not sustain anything on offense, all night long, but some of that credit goes to Marlboro County for stopping what we do best; run the football.  We had a few chances for big plays, but we had some busted assignments and those really cost us.  Our offensive line is very experienced, but they have to play better.  We are having problems moving the football on the ground and we cannot be a very good team if we cannot run the football,”  Coach White added.


            The Bulldogs won the opening coin toss and elected to take the football.   Johnson connected with Myrone Williams for 39 yards, on the very first play from scrimmage, but Coach Billy Amick’s defensive unit stopped the visitors at the Cheraw 40-yard stripe.  Nick Rogers tried to pin the home team back deep, but his punt rolled into the endzone for a touchback.


            Cam Gainey got his first varsity start, at the quarterback spot, but on the very first play, his pitch to Anfernee Jackson was a little off line and Tim Bridges fell on     the loose football for the Bulldogs, at the Cheraw 13-yard line.  Two running plays moved the pigskin down to the five-yard stripe and Tallon Campbell tipped Johnson’s third down pass attempt to Tabari Hines.  Nick Rogers then came on and booted a 22-yard field goal to give the visitors a quick 3-0 lead with 9:11 left in the first period of play. 


            The Braves got a boost when their defense held the visitors to only three points and the offense responded with their best drive of the night.  DeMarcus McManus returned the ensuing kickoff out to the 37-yard line and a five-yard facemask penalty on the Bulldogs enabled the Cheraw offense to setup shop at the 42-yard line.  After two runs by Baylen English, Gainey connected with David Brown for 13 yards to move the chains and get the ball down to the Bulldogs’ 38-yard line.  The 26-yard line    was as far as the Braves would get though, as Tabari Hines stepped in front of Kedarian Richardson, at the five-yard stripe, and came up with the interception.


            After an exchange of punts, the first quarter came to an end with the Bulldogs facing a second down near the midfield stripe.  The visitors had 68 yards of total offense in 11 plays in the opening quarter, while the Braves were limited to only 22 total yards on 14 offensive snaps.


            The Buldogs were able to move the ball down to the Cheraw 19-yard line, but four consecutive offensive penalties, backed the pigskin up to the 38-yard line.          It appeared that Tabari Hines had scored a touchdown, with a brilliant catch and run from 20 yards out, but an offensive holding call nullified the great play.  To make matters worse, Nick Rogers shanked his punt for only five yards and the home team got the ball at their own 38-yard line.


            After another exchange of punts, the visitors got down to the Cheraw 25-yard stripe, thanks to a 20-yard pass from London Johnson to Myrone Williams, but Johnson then misfired on four straight pass attempts and the Braves took over on downs with only :37 seconds left before intermission.  Gainey then took two knees and the teams went to halftime with Marlboro County nursing a slim 3-0 advantage.


            The Bulldogs had accumulated 149 total yards at the break; 48 yards on the ground and 101 yards in the air, while the Braves only had 51 total yards.  Cheraw was limited to only 36 yards rushing and a mere 15 yards in the air.  Both teams had run 28 plays, as Cheraw had five first downs, while the Bulldogs only had four.


            Special teams continue to haunt the home team, as Nick Rogers’ second half pooch kick hit the ground and Jominique Jacobs fell on the loose football for the Bulldogs, at the Cheraw 38-yard line.  Chesterfield was able to recover two of the same type kicks in the season opener and now, the Bulldogs pounced on another one.

“That play was really a killer, as we had some momentum going and we wanted to get the ball with some good field position,” Coach White stated.


            Coach Boyd decided to go for the marbles on the very first snap, but David Brown was step for step with Tabari Hines and the senior defensive back came down with the interception.  Brown ran the ball all the way back to the 40-yard stripe, but a blocking in the back penalty backed the pigskin up to the 15-yard stripe.


            Three running plays moved the chains one time, but Tim Bridges sacked Cam Gainey for a 10-yard loss and the Braves had to punt the football once again.     Josh Burkett did a marvelous job getting off the punt, as the snap rolled back to him, so he had to dodge two Bulldog defenders and then kicked the ball on the run.        His 32-yard boot rolled dead at the Cheraw 45-yard stripe, but the Bulldogs had a short field and they took advantage of it this time around.


            The visitors abandoned the wide open passing attack and went back to running the football on this drive.  That strategy worked to perfection, as A.J. McLean scored from three yards out, right up the middle, to cap the nine-play scoring march.  Nick Rogers then added the PAT and the visitors now had a 10-0 lead with 4:00      left in the third quarter of play.


            Neither team was able to move the ball on their next possession and the third period came to an end with the Bulldogs holding on to that 10-0 advantage.  The visitors only had 44 yards of total offense on 13 plays, in that quarter, but they had scored a touchdown and their defense had held Cheraw to only 11 total yards on 13 plays.


            Tim Bridges then came up with another sack of Gainey, on the next drive, and the sophomore quarterback came up holding his shoulder after the hard tackle.   A.J. McLean then put a capper on the scoring, as he broke through the line and blocked Josh Burkett’s punt, on the very next play.  Trey Woods then scooped up the loose pigskin and dashed the final 26 yards to paydirt.  Nick Rogers then added the PAT once again and the Bulldogs now had a 17-0 advantage with 9:31 left in the contest.   


            Gainey was unable to return to the contest, at the quarterback spot, so Baylen English and DeMarcus McManus finished the contest in the Wildcat formation.  The Braves were able to pick up three more first downs in the final quarter, thanks to runs by English and Stephon Harrington, but the offense could not get any closer   than the Marlboro County 40-yard stripe, the rest of the way.


            “Our defense really played an outstanding game,” Coach White stated.  “They really only gave up seven points and those were on the heels of a 45-yard drive.   They did a super job in the early going, when they held them to only three points, after we turned the ball over at the 13-yard line.  This really could have been an entirely different ballgame, if the offense had done anything at all.  I know that we had a limited gameplan, but we still did a terrible job of executing on the offensive side of the ball,”  Coach White added.


            “We start region play this Friday night against Indian Land and they have always given us problems.  All of our games have been close, so this will be a big challenge for our team.  We have to be ready to play again because all of these region games count towards the playoffs and only the top four teams will make it this year,”  Coach White stated.






                        #3                     Senior halfback, Baylen English, led the Cheraw rushing attack with 64 yards on 13 carries in the 17-0 loss to Marlboro County.



                                                                                                (DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK)


                        #17                   Senior defensive back, David Brown, paced the Cheraw defensive effort with 2 tackles and 2 interecptions in the 17-0 loss to

                                                Marlboro County.


Darlington 20-14 Over Braves







            Coach Johnny White and the Cheraw Braves got back to basics during the team’s off week and it showed on the field, but the Darlington Falcons had just enough to hold off the Braves and claim a thrilling 20-14 victory last Friday night in Darlington.  The undefeated Falcons were held to a season-low 273 yards of total offense, but  the home team took advantage of four Cheraw turnovers, including one in the games final stages, to pull out the win.


            Trayvon Thomas led the Falcons with 107 rushing yards on 24 carries, while Shakeem Thomas was limited to only 69 yards in tha air.  Anfernee Jackson paced the Braves’ rushing attack with 68 yards on 16 carries, while Baylen English added 41 yards on 15 rushes.  David Brown had a career night for Cheraw, as the senior receiver had four receptions for 90 yards and he scored both of the Braves’ touchdowns.


            The Falcons improved to a perfect 3-0 with the non-region win, while the Braves fell to 0-2 on the young campaign, but the visitors had nothing to be ashamed of with their effort against the high-flying Falcons.


            “We are never satisfied with a loss, but I am very proud of our players’ effort tonight,” Coach White stated.  “They really got after it for all four quarters and we took a very good football team, right down to the wire.  We had a couple of chances to win the game, but we just did not make the plays when we had to,”  Coach White added.


            The Braves came out firing on all cylinders, as they took the opening kickoff and marched 67 yards in 12 plays to take a quick 6-0 lead.  The first eleven plays were  all on the ground, but the scoring play came on a perfect play-fake pass to a wide open David Brown.  Brown lined up at the left tight end position and released to the middle of the endzone, where Tristen Campbell lobbed him the ball for the touchdown.  Michael Cranford added the PAT and the Braves had a 7-0 advantage with 7:00 left in the first period of play.


            “We came out on that opening drive and established that we were here to play tonight,”  Coach White said.  “Our tempo was perfect and we did a lot of good things on that drive.  We wanted to get back to Cheraw football and that’s exactly what we did on that scoring march.  We had really put in a lot of work the last two weeks on blocking and tackling and the kids executed our plan to perfection on that drive,”  Coach White added.


            The Falcons came right back though and had a 65-yard scoring drive of their own, capped by a five-yard scamper by Trayvon Thomas, off the right side.  Garrett Dove missed the PAT, so the Braves had a 7-6 lead with 3:27 left in the first quarter.  Shakeem Thomas was a perfect 6 for 6 on the scoring drive, as the senior quarterback accounted for 55 of the yards on the scoring drive.


            Both teams punted the football on their next possessions and the first quarter came to an end with the visitors helding a slim 7-6 advantage.  The Braves had 87 total yards and six first downs in the opening stanza, while the home team had 91 total yards and four first downs.


            Cheraw committed their first turnover of the night, on their next drive, as David Brown hauled in a 19-yard pass from Tristen Campbell, but he lost control of the  pigskin near the midfield stripe and Frankie Johnson recovered for the home team.  The Falcons took advantage of the fumble, as Trayvon Thomas carried the ball five consecutive times to move pigskin down to the 10-yard stripe.  Thomas then went to the sidelines for a break and Antonio Hannah replaced him.  It only took Hannah one play to make his presence known, as the senior halfback bulled his way into the endzone, off the right side once again.  Clayton Hurst broke through the line and blocked the PAT attempt, leaving the Darlington lead at only 12-7 with 4:32 left before intermission.


            The last 4:32 of the first half was filled with action, as Cheraw turned the ball over once again, as Baylen English fumbled the football at the Darlington 40-yard stripe and Bryson Allen fell on the pigskin for the Falcons.   Josh Burkett had given the Braves some great field position with his 25-yard kickoff return, but the visitors  could not take advantage of the long runback.


            The home team then returned the favor, on the very next play, as Melquan Depugh caught a swing pass from Thomas, but David Brown stripped the ball away    and fell on it himself, at the Cheraw 42-yard line.  Campbell then had three straight incomplete passes, but Josh Burkett flipped the field for the Braves, with a 38-yard  punt, that finally quit rolling at the Darlington 20-yard stripe.


            There was only 1:19 left on the scoreboard clock, but the home team refused to just run out the clock.  DeMarcus McManus made a great play for the Braves,    as he tackled Trayvon Thomas for a five-yard loss on first down, but Antonio Hannah broke loose for 26 yards, on a draw play.  The officials tacked on fifteen more yards, thanks to a late hit, so the home team suddenly had the ball at the Cheraw 45-yard stripe.  Montel Myers then came up with his third interception of the season, two plays later, and the Braves ran out the rest of the clock, as Darlington carried a slim 12-7 lead into the locker room.


            The Falcons held a slim lead in the statistics battle also, as the home team had 158 total yards in 31 plays, while the Braves had 142 total yards in 35 offensive snaps.  The three halfbacks for the Braves accounted for 101 rushing yards, as Anfernee Jackson led the way with 35 yards on eight carries, while Darien Roseau had     34 yards on six carries, and Baylen English had 32 yards on 11 rushes.  Trayvon Thomas had 60 yards on 11 carries to lead the home team, while Shakeem Thomas completed eight of his twelve passes for 53 yards.         


            Frankie Johnson gave the home team a big lift, on the second half kickoff, as the junior speedster almost ran it all the way back, but Andres Lopez saved a touchdown, after a 62-yard return.  The Falcons went back to the ground game and Trayvon Thomas got most of the work, as he capped the 37-yard drive with an        eight-yard burst, right up the middle, on a fourth down and three play.  Shakeem Thomas’ pass to Tra’Quan Dubose fell incomplete, on the two-point play, but the      referee called roughing the passer, to give the home team another chance.  Thomas then took advantage of the break, as he went the final yard, on a quarterback draw,    to give the home team a 20-7 lead with 8:06 left in the third period.


            Cheraw responded right back though, with a 72-yard scoring drive of their own, as David Brown made two big catches along the way.  The first one was a           49-yarder, that got the ball down to the Falcons’ 20-yard stripe, while the second one was a six-yard scoring catch, just inside in the back of the endzone.  Andres     Lopez added this PAT and the Braves were back to within 20-14 with 3:40 still left in the third period of play.


            The home team went to the Wildcat formation on their next possession, as Frankie Johnson reeled off runs of 16 and 12 yards, to get the ball down to the    Cheraw 40-yard stripe.  The Thomas brothers then took turns running the pigskin and the third quarter ended with the ball at the Braves’ 25-yard stripe.   The third       period was another even stanza, as Cheraw had 72 total yards and the home team had 74 total yards.


            The Falcons drove the ball down to the Cheraw 18-yard line, but Thomas’ fourth down pass to Tra’Quan Dubose fell incomplete and the Braves had held               on downs. 


            Cheraw then put together a classic drive of their own, as Anfernee Jackson did most of the work.  The junior halfback carried the pigskin five times for 30 yards, plus two facemask penalties on the Falcons, moved the ball down to the Darlington 15-yard stripe.  Stephon Harrington then came in and his fresh legs got the ball to     the seven-yard line, but Tashikie Eaddy made a big play, tackling Harrington for a seven-yard loss, on second down.  DeMarcus McManus then appeared to make a   circus catch, in the back of the endzone, but the officials ruled him out of bounds, after a long conference.  Tristen Campbell then was tackled at the 12-yard line, on   fourth down, and the home team had held on downs with 6:26 left in the contest.


            The Falcons then gave the Braves one more chance, as Frankie Johnson got loose for 12 yards, but he fumbled the ball and Raekwon Ellerbe was right there       to fall on the loose pigskin.  The Braves had a golden opportunity at the Darlington 25-yard stripe, but Baylen English fumbled the ball on second down and Robert Bacote recovered for the home team.


            Trayvon Thomas then took over once again and the senior halfback carried the football four consecutive times, moving the pigskin out to the 37 yard stripe.        Two delay of the game penalties and three short runs by Shakeem Thomas brought up fourth down and Austin White got off a booming 46-yard punt, that finally stopped rolling at the Cheraw 22-yard line.  There was only :16 seconds left in the contest and the game ended with Melquan DePugh intercepting a deep pass from Tristen Campbell and the Falcons had held on for a 20-14 victory.


            “This effort sure was a vast improvement from what we had two weeks ago,” Coach White stated.  “We are 0-2 right now, but we have a lot to be proud of after    the way we played tonight.  We still have a lot of work to do on our execution, but the effort was great out there tonight.  We still had way too many turnovers and they really hurt us, but we will continue to work on that and get it corrected.  Even with the four turnovers, we still had a chance to win the ballgame, in the fourth quarter,          and that’s all you can ask for.  I really thought that DeMarcus came down in bounds, late in the game, but the officials called him out of bounds.  That would have given    us a 21-20 lead, but we did not get the call.  I am very anxious to watch the tape and see that play,”  Coach White added.


            “We’ve got Marlboro County up next and both of us will be gunning for our first win,” Coach White said.  “We have to worry about our own team and continue        to get better in practice.  As I said earlier, our kids really gave a winning effort tonight and we are not far from being a very good football team.  We will continue to work    on the fundamentals this week in practice, on both sides of the ball, and hopefully, that will lead to winning a football game on Friday night,”  Coach White added. 




                                                                                    (OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK)


                        #17                   Senior wide receiver, David Brown, had a career-high 90 yards on four receptions and he scored two touchdowns in

                                                Darlington’s 20-14 win last Friday night.




                                                                                    (DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK)


                        #65                   Senior defensive lineman, Steven Douglas, led the defensive effort with two primary tackles, three assists, and two sacks

                                                in Cheraw’s 20-14 loss to Darlington last Friday night.


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Braves Travel To Darlington

Braves play at Darlington ( 2-0) 7:30 Friday night. Support Your Braves Brave Nation!

Braves come up short vs Chesterfield 42-21

Braves come up short in second half as Chesterfield scores 28 unanswered

points after Braves take 21-14 lead to start second half. Next opponent

is Darlington Friday night away.

Game Day Breakfast @ Seasons

A Huge Shout Out Goes To Rev. Anthony Waymayers For

Hosting Game Day Breakfast vs Chesterfield For The Braves!

Rev. Waymyers Exemplifies The Motto

If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me! Atta Way Rev.  Waymyers  !


Braves Kickoff 2014 Season Friday @ Mieklejohn Stadium vs Chesterfield

What A Great Venue For High School Football! Cheraw Vs Chesterfield @ The Mic

In Week O. This should be a good one as both teams have expectations for 2014!

Come Early for Seating ! Game Time 7:30.

2014 Varsity Roster

  2014 Cheraw Braves Roster        
# Name    Grade Ht Wt Pos  
1 Josh Burkett   11 5’10″ 155 Rec/DB  
3 Baylen English   12 6’0″ 175 Rec/DB  
4 Tallon Campbell   9 5’11″ 190 RB/LB  
5 Stephon Harrington   11 5’6″ 150 RB/DB  
7 Andres Lopez   12 5’10″ 143 K  
9 Tristen Campbell   11 6’3″ 205 QB/DB  
10 Michael Cranford   12 5’10″ 150 K  
12 Monte Pratt   10 5’11″ 161 Rec/Db  
14 Cam Gainey   10 6’1″ 170 QB/DB  
15 Montel Myers   12 6’3″ 180 Rec/DB  
17 David Brown   12 6’1″ 198 Rec/DB  
19 Demarcus McManus   12 5’11″ 173 Rec/DB  
20 Deonte Grant   12 5’8″ 160 LB  
21 Malik Freeman   11 5’7″ 140 Rec/DB  
23 Raekwon Ellerbe   10 5’9″ 175 RB/DB  
25 Anfernee  Jackson   11 5’4″ 140 RB/DB  
27 Jonathan Sanders   11 5’6″ 140 RB/DB  
33 Legranthony Bridges   12 5’6″ 178 TE/DL  
34 Darien Roseau   11 5’9″ 195 RB/LB  
35 Kedarian Richardson   12 5’8″ 192 TE/DL  
43 Tyvon Wilson   12 5’8″ 205 TE/DL  
44 Emmanuel Harrison   11 5’7″ 160 FB/LB  
50 Antonio Brown   11 5’10″ 230 G/DL  
52 Cameron Hurst   10 5’9″ 205 G/LB  
62 Larry  Strong   10 5’11″ 260 T/DL  
63 Eric Burnett   12 5’11″ 213 C/LB  
65 Steven Douglas   12 6’1″ 270 T/DL  
66 Clayton Hurst   12 5’11″ 250 G/NG  
70 Aaron Hughes   12 5’7″ 200 G/NG  
71 Deshawn Freeman   11 6’1″ 203 TE/DL  
72 Mantrell Ellerbe   12 5’10″ 260 T/DL  
78 LaDavione Spencer   11 5’9″ 260 T/DL  
79 Tyler Lilly   10 6’5″ 325 G/DL