Community rallies as Cherokee Braves head to state championship game
The Cherokee Braves football team heads to Raleigh on Saturday to play to play for the state 1A title.
Thursday, the entire Cherokee schools complex turned out to show their support.
Players walked through the halls.
Senior lineman Byron Locust said he's pumped and ready to play.
“I'm excited to be in the position that I am now,” he said.
“How much support you got behind your school and Reservation,” said senior lineman Will Davis, who was amazed at the turnout from students, teachers and staff.
Thursday afternoon, the gym filled for a rally, adding energy and excitement. Davis’ father said he's excited for his son and the whole community.
“It's kind of history. Seventy-eight was the last time a team was there. We look to win it, looking to win it for the team. But looking to win it for the whole Tribe,” Ethan Clapsaddle said.
“It is the absolute greatest ride of my life as a superintendent. I am loving this,” Cherokee Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Murray said.
Murray is confident of Cherokee making a mark in the state capital, especially with so much support.
“We know how much that we're loved here and how much we're supported, and that makes a big difference for our players,” Coach Kent Briggs said.
The Braves take on North Duplin at N.C. State at noon Saturday. It will be broadcast live on My40.