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Cheraw football looking for better things

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Cheraw— The beginning of the Andy Poole era in football at Cheraw High School last year saw the Braves return to power, taking another region title and advancing in the Class AA playoffs with an overall final record of 11-2 record.

This year, the Braves will be looking for even better things in Poole’s second season.

Helping to lead the Braves this season will be Sophomore Xavier McIver, a 6’3’, 260 lb. offensive and defensive lineman who has already been offered by the University of South Carolina. Another fellow Braves player who is making noise among college recuriters is Sophomore Jalen Coit, a 6’0”, 160 lb. wide receiver who has been getting letters from colleges throughout the country already.

The Braves got off to a good start in week one, easily handling Darlington, 51-19. Quan Pittman, 6’0” 170 lbs running back, led Cheraw with 108 yards rushing on 18 attempts and two touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Bradley Holliman led Cheraw with 173 yards passing on six completions.

Holliman paired up with Coit on an 84-yard touchdown pass early in the game. Coit ended the night with 128 yards of receiving on two receptions.

Senior Nazir Malloy, a 6’3’ 220 lbs defensive lineman, had a game he will likely remember for a very long time, returning two fumbles for touchdowns, both from three yards out.

Turnovers were a big part of the game, as one might expect early in the season. While Cheraw committed three fumbles themselves, they also forced a whopping seven turnovers by the Falcons, with five fumbles and two interceptions.

Jaden Rivers had one pick off and senior linebacker Tallon Campbell had the other. In addition to the two fumble recoveries by Malloy, Isaiah Barksdale also had two recoveries and Kristian McCray had one as well.

Turnovers were a big part of the Cheraw win with both team relatively close statistically for the night.

This week Cheraw gets a big test traveling to Marlboro County for the annual rivalry game for the two school on opposite sides of the the Pee Dee River.

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