In region 8-2A, Marion and Dillon are set to square off this Friday night and the winner will have the inside track of holding on to first place. That is because neither of the teams have played the Braves and the loser will be out of contention for the region title should they also lose one more game. Thus, this made the Braves win over Loris much more important. The Braves must win the games they are favored to win in order to set up a potential match up for the regional championship against the Wild Cats of Dillon in the regular season finale.
Loris is one of the weaker teams in the region, but much improved. Nevertheless, the Braves had to play the game on the field to assert their dominance. Loris did not go away without a fight and were within striking distance of overcoming the Braves through most of the contest. As a matter of fact, Loris rode a wave of confidence going into the second half with the score deadlocked at 21. Yet, the Braves’ defense came alive and asserted its dominance by literally shutting down the Loris offense in the second half. This is what makes the resurging difference from the first part of the season when the defense failed to get the stops it needed. Now, the defense thrives on assisting with the scoring by creating turnovers and putting the offense in favorable positions on the field.
The victory was a true showing of the development and progress the players on this squad have made. The pipes are smoking again and peace has returned to the Braves’ camp. Congratulations to all of the Braves on the victory. Come out and support the Braves as they travel to Aynor for 7:30 p.m.. kickoff and another important regional game.