Cherokee’s Payton Ream – Character Counts Presented by Gateway First Bank


By Chandler Englebrecht

That’s exactly what Cherokee High School’s Payton Ream says is motivating him and his teammates going into the 2019 football season.

“We had a couple down years in football my first two years of high school,” Ream said. “I along with my teammates want to be the ones to turn that around. I think last year was a big step into doing so.”

Ream, a senior, plays running back for the Chiefs. Last season, he helped guide the team to a 7-5 season record— a major improvement from the team’s 2-8 season finish in the season prior.

In an attempt to leave the program in a better shape than when he first arrived, Ream is aiming to become the Chiefs’ designated leader in 2019.

“I just want to lead my team to a great season and show the underclassmen what it takes to lead a team into the playoffs,” he said. “We are going to have a lot of younger guys on the field, every team needs a senior guy or two to step up and take the reins. I’m not the loudest or most vocal person on the field but I lead by example.”

Standing at 6-foot, 160-pounds, Ream has the makings to become a very physical running back, something which he has always dreamed to be.

“I just love running with the football,” he said. “I grew up watching OU football, specifically Adrian Peterson and Demarco Murray. Watching those guys made me want to play the position when I got older. I just feel really comfortable in the back field.”

Outside of his physique, Ream believes his ability to overcome hardship is what separates him from other athletes.

“Consistently doing what you need to do to succeed with complete focus all the time is very difficult,” he said. “I try to be as positive as I can to failure and adversity. I don’t think a lot of guys are able to do that.”

With Payton Ream in the backfield, the Cherokee Chiefs are definitely a team to keep your eye on in 2019.