Moments before game time, every Swamp Fox and fan appeared to be ready for an entertaining night of football. Following the coin toss, the chatter went down and the Foxes were screaming: ”The Braves are in town!”
The Cheraw Braves traveled into the rain drenched swamp of Marion this past Friday night and quickly dismantled the limping Swamp Foxes by the score of 48-0. The Braves had the previous week off to prepare for this game and showed their eagerness to return to the gridiron by creating scoring opportunities and by taking advantage of the miscues by the Swamp Foxes, converting turnovers into touchdowns.
The only thing that slowed the furious attack of spears from the Braves in the first quarter was a timeout on the field due to the injury of a Braves’ player. Other than that, it was a complete “lights out performance” by the Braves as they were up 21-0 by the end of the first quarter and 34-0 at halftime.
Cheraw was clearly the more talented and experienced team. The depleted den of Foxes had lost the service of several key players to injuries and poor academic performance in the classroom. Therefore, Cheraw was the favorite to win. Yet, as a coach, you never know until the whistle has blown whether your team will show up with an attitude of being prepared to play to their capability.
Coach Johnny White’s concerns were quickly laid to rest as his tribe of Braves combed through the swamp and sent the Swamp Foxes scurrying for a place to hide. Obviously, there were some missed assignments, blown coverages and missed signals, etc. by the Braves, but in the category that mattered most, the Braves were right on the mark with the 48-0 victory.
The Braves record goes to 2-1.
The Braves travel to Hartsville this Friday night to play the “Red Foxes.” The start of the game is 7:30 p.m.