When Adversity Knocks..... We Say Good

 I guess I'll start off the Week 2 version of the Coach's Corner like I did in the previous edition.FINALLY! We finally shook the proverbial "monkey off our back," and welcomed the dawn of a victorious Saturday morning with great joy.Its been a long time since we've been able to do that; too long.Yet, it finally happened, and for that I am extremely grateful.I'm thankful for all of you that made the trip up to the northern part of Forsyth county to support us.What an awesome night it was for our football team and for our whole program in general.

This win was the epitome of a "team" win.We had players all over the field that made big plays when we needed it the most. Our defense came through in the most critical moments of the game.Our offense also found the endzone three times in the first half and took advantage of the opportunities they were given.While we must choose a "player of the game" each week, we found it difficult to do that because it seemed there were so many players who simply did their job and that is what contributed to most of the success we had Friday night.A defensive lineman that puts pressure on a quarterback, who throws an interception, doesn't get as much credit as the defensive back that intercepted the ball.An offensive lineman that made a great down block doesn't get the credit that the running back receives when he scores a touchdown.The player who isn't playing on the field but encourages his teammates every time they come off the field is just as important as the guy who makes the game-saving play.Yet, that player never receives the recognition that is due him.There are many other examples I could give, and therefore I believe football is the ultimate team sport.We ALL play a role and each role is just as important to the success of our team.

Our word of the week for Week 2 is ADVERSITY.Jason Kuhn, of Stonewall Solutions, told us in the summer that adversity is inevitable, uncontrollable and necessary.Adversity hits each one of us in all phases of our lives.It always seems to hit at the worst moment too.It's inevitable.Its bound to happen.Its uncontrollable.There is very little, if anything, we can do to avoid it.Yet it's also necessary.It's essential and even required for growth and we handle that adversity is what determines the eventual or pending outcome.

Former Seal Team Six member, Richard Marcinko, stresses the importance of "looking for Murphy."Murphy's Law states that if something can go bad it WILL go bad.Therefore, we must be looking for, or anticipating adversity.If we are "looking for it" and if we are anticipating that it will find us at some point, we will be ready for it. It won't surprise us.To show growth in certain areas of our lives, we MUST face some type of adversity.For its in those times that we find who we really are.It's been said, "You're not gold 'til you've been through the fire." Adversity is inevitable, uncontrollable, and necessary.

We are looking forward to tomorrow night's match up with a county foe.This is always one of the most attended games in the fall, in this county.Both schools have a long history of fierce battles and both schools have extremely passionate fans.Therefore, we NEED you there.We need you to be there early.We need you to be loud and help us as much as possible.As I mentioned above, people who aren't on the field have a role too.You are instrumental to our success and we can't wait to see you all there.

We WILL face adversity tomorrow night at some point.It's inevitable.We've practiced for it all week.Our players are prepared for that adversity and the outcome of the game will be dependent on how well we respond to trying times throughout the game.You WILL face adversity today, tomorrow, and/or the next day.It's uncontrollable, yet its necessary.Use adversity and hard times to help shape who you are and all that you are meant to become.Like our team has been taught all summer, when adversity hits your verbal, mental, and emotional response ought to be one word and one word only: GOOD!Bring it on!Let's go.#PTC18
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New Beginnings

FINALLY! We are finally to the point where we’ve all wanted to be; the beginning of the 2018 Cherokee Warrior Football Season. I cannot tell you how excited we are to get back on the field under the lights. Its time!

Since the middle of December, we’ve been working hard to erase the misfortunes and mistakes of last season. Our guys have worked their tails off all off-season. We had a tremendous spring, and an even better summer of bonding together and improving on and off the field. Since our off-season started, most of our players have increased their strength numbers in the weight room and they continue to get stronger and stronger each month. We can’t wait to see the fruits of our labor over the past several months.

Back in the early part of the year, we adopted a vision for this team. In addition to continuing to teach and push the core values of this program, we also set a goal to be the most physically and mentally tough team in the region. Becoming physically and mentally tough will benefit these young men long after their playing days are over. They will need to know how to be “tough” in all phases of their lives. From their first few weeks of college to their marriages to becoming fathers, being physically and mentally tough is something that can help them fight through and overcome the adversity that comes their way in the future.

We look forward to seeing you at North Forsyth tomorrow night. We know our fans are the best in all the state of Georgia and I can never thank you enough for the support and loyalty you show week in and week out. Our guys have had a good week of practice and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. Be there on time and be loud. We need your support and we thank you! Go Warriors! #PTC18

 To a New Year and a New Season 
Coach Shaw

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