I cannot believe game 10 is upon us, already! How are we already in November and how in the world are we at the last football game at Tommy Baker Field for the 2018 season? Every year seems to move even faster than the year before and this year is no different. Luckily, our season does not end tomorrow night. Can I get an AMEN?
While I was pleased with some of the aspects of last Friday night's game, I was not pleased with the outcome. We knew we would have our hands full with Walton, but I thought we had some opportunities early in the game that we didn't take advantage of, and it came back to bite us in the rear near the end of the game. However, the one thing I can say about this team is they never stopped fighting and never backed down, regardless of the odds that were stacked against them. That is why I love this team and this group of seniors. They FIGHT!
That brings me to our word for the week. Coach Smith spoke to the team on Monday morning on the word FIGHT. He defined fight as your ability to keep pushing forward during adverse situations. He talked about how several of our players face adversity and adverse situations every day, yet they keep fighting because they have no choice. Some of our players leave practice and go to work until midnight and then come home to do homework, because they must help pay the bills at home.They fight through it because they have no choice. He talked about how real men never quit fighting and how the older you get, the more you will have to fight. Some of our guys have never really had to fight adversity before, yet one day, when they are out on their own, they will have to fight, to survive financially, relationally, or occupationally. He talked about how one of our coaches had to lead his family and fight through the birth of his premature little one. As you mature into a man or a young lady, sometimes the adversity hits harder and more often. Yet, being a fighter and refusing to give up, will help you through that. He encouraged them to fight for what they want in life, regardless of the odds that may be stacked against them. Lastly, he challenged them by saying, "In football and life you may face situations or individuals that have an advantage over you, but your ability to fight and compete determines who you are as a person, and ultimately, as a man. Coach Smith did a fabulous job and I am so thankful for his investment in our young men.
Tomorrow night is a big game around here for many reasons. Considering the heartache and pain these guys experienced last year, this group of seniors have led the way and have done their part to turn this program around. Tomorrow night they have a chance to even their record to 5-5 (a +5 in the win column compared to last year), and for just the 4th time in school history, these guys will make the playoffs in two different seasons during their high school careers. I could not be prouder of these guys and all they've fought to overcome.
I hope you will come out to celebrate these Seniors tomorrow night. I hope you and your family will come to the pay your respects to these young men and thank them for their time here in the Cherokee Football program. I can remember some of these young men when they were playing in CYFA and in the Jr. Warrior Program. I will hate to see them leave, but they sure have left this program better than the way they found it. I am so proud of them.
Come out tomorrow night and celebrate a wonderful night. Please know that we thank you for all you've done to make this program what it is! YOU MATTER, and YOU ARE CHEROKEE! #PTC18