The Cherokee Chiefs alumni team, in black, defeated the Volunteer High School alumni team Saturday night 21-0. (photos by Jeff Bobo)
CHURCH HILL - The "Battle of Hawkins County" high school football trophy has been lodged in Rogersville for the past several years, and as of Saturday night it will have company.
The Hawkins County alumni football game was a lot closer than the score indicated, but the Cherokee High School alumni managed to take advantage of some costly mistake to beat the Volunteer alumni team on its home turf 21-0.
It's the second win in a row for the Chiefs in the alumni match-up which began last year, but for the first time a traveling trophy was awarded.
In the first half it was mostly a defensive showcase for both teams with a takeaway after takeaway putting the brakes on promising drives.
Cherokee took a 6-0 lead into halftime, but a couple of big plays on offense and a slew of Volunteer turnovers prevented a comeback for the home team.
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