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Class 3A District 1

Tri Valley League

School Colors: Royal Blue and White

Head Coach: Robert Henderson (0-0, 1st season)

Assistant coaches: Tristan Thornton, Alex Mese, Ray Leedy, Drew Charles, Aaron Rehmert


“This job was extremely attractive to me because there is a lot of support from both the community and the administration. I cannot think of a better situation for my first head coaching job than Cherryvale. There are great kids who need a positive role model in their lives, talent that we can win with, and a fantastic support system in the school building. It is extremely rare to find those three things in the same school building.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 2-7 (No Playoffs)
  • 2019: 5-4 (First Round)
  • 2018: 3-6 (No Playoffs)
  • 2017: 7-3 (First Round)
  • 2016: 5-4 (No Playoffs)


Cherryvale finished the 2020 season with a 2-7 record. Their wins came in week two against Bluestem and later on against Baxter Springs. They put big numbers on the scoreboard in both victories, scoring 50 and 42 points, respectively. However, in the overwhelmingly majority of games, the Chargers lacked much offensive production and struggled to find the endzone.


QB/LB Jackson Knight (Jr) 5’8”, 150 lb – 522 pass yards, 169 rush yards

WR/DB Austin Hooper (Sr) 5’7”, 145 lb – 53 rec yds, 18 tackles

WR/DB Briggs Adkison (Sr) 6’2”, 170 lb – 410 rec yards, 184 rush yards, 5 interceptions, Honorable Mention All-State by the Wichita Eagle

OL/DL Rayden Wright (Jr) 6’5”, 240 lb

OL Connor Wickham (Sr) 6’0” 280 lb

OL/DL Danny Vigil (Jr) 5’10”, 210 lb

OL/DL Jacob Bone (Sr) 6’0”, 255 lb

DB Isaiaha Castorena (Sr) 5’8”, 130 lb

LB Stetson Hempel-Schafer (So) 6’2”, 160 lb – 23 tackles, 2 interceptions

LB Trenton Monroy (Jr) 6’1”, 180 lb – 28 tackles


LB/FB Ethan Schierlman (Jr) 5’7”, 160 lb

LB/RB Trevin Elam (Jr) 5’7”, 165 lb

WR/DB Fisher Hey (Sr) 6’2”, 150 lb

OL/DL Jacob Phelan (So) 5’7”, 230 lb


LB Carsen Ellis (Fr) 5’9”, 145 lb


9/3 @ Erie

9/10 vs. Bluestem

9/17 @ Fredonia

9/24 vs. Caney Valley

10/1 vs. Columbus

10/8 @ Baxter Springs

10/15 vs. Galena

10/22 @ Parsons


First year head coach, Robert Henderson, is bringing a new culture to the Chargers football program. “I think right now we are starving for some leadership,” Henderson says. “We have to have a mindset shift and a culture change from the last few years. I need the top half of our players to start bringing the bottom half along with them.” Henderson points out upperclassmen Briggs Adkison and Danny Vigil and quarterback Jackson Knight as leaders. Henderson mentions the size of the offensive and defensive lineman as a big strength for the upcoming season. The Chargers also have some skill position guys that can make an impact with the ball in their hands. Henderson is very confident in the progress he’s already seen from his group this summer. “We just want our kids to compete to the best of their ability every single week and the score will work itself out,” Henderson says. “From experience, we know that if you take care of the little things, the big things take care of themselves.”