COMMENTARY: Kudos to the JV Braves!

by Oct 13, 2014OPINIONS0 comments





The JV Braves concluded their 2014 season much the way they started it; with style.  They traveled to Andrews on Thursday, Oct. 9 and came back to Cherokee with a 40-16 win, a second place finish in the Smoky Mountain Conference and redemption.

Last season was rough.  The team went 0-6, but those players didn’t let it get them down.  They worked in the off-season.  And, they worked in the off-season.  And, consequently, they worked in the off-season.

“Football games are won in the weight room and in training,” Chris Mintz, JV Braves head coach told his team following their win at Andrews on Thursday.  “You worked hard in the off-season, and you worked hard this year.  I’m proud of each and every one of you guys.”

This year’s JV Braves doubled their opponent’s point output at 180-90.  That is a testament to a full team – both offensively and defensively.  This team played every game to the fullest and every game with style – from the nail-biter against Robbinsville to the unreal four-overtime game versus Murphy.

I must also commend the JV cheer squad and the fans.  Most JV teams don’t travel with cheerleaders, and even fewer have fans that travel…parents and grandparents yes, but not fans.  Cherokee has both, and I’m sure it helps the boys.

In short, kudos to the JV Braves on a season well-played in a fashion you did so well this year – with style.