Blacksburg Tops Giles 50-7 in First Game of 2018

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Blacksburg Tops Giles 50-7 in First Game of 2018

Photo by Ryan Castle

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“BTFL on three. One, two, three, Blacksburg! One, two, three, Team! One, two, three, Family! One, two, three, Love!”

The Bruins football team breaks the post-game huddle after Blacksburg’s 50-7 win over the Giles Spartans on Friday August 24. The acronym BTFL are how the Bruins break down every game and every practice. Those words have become the pillars of the Blacksburg football program, and all four were on display Friday night.

BLACKSBURG: The place the Bruins represent both on and the field. The players represent the 42,000 people living in Blacksburg every time they step on the field. And the Bruins had a lot of people to represent Friday night. Those spectators did not stop cheering for the whole game. Blacksburg is also a place that first-year head coach Eddie Sloss knows quite well.

“It’s always been a dream job for me,” said Sloss.  “I’ve always wanted to be a head coach, then once I become a head coach, the idea of coming back to Blacksburg always resonated in my mind and my heart,” the former Blacksburg assistant coach and player said in an interview with WFXR News this summer.

TEAM: In order to win football games, a team needs to have all 11 guys doing their job at the same time, every single play. That whole-team display was in full effect last Friday. Four different Bruins reached the end zone, with Brian Mitchell and Tiquest Terry scoring two and three touchdowns, respectively. The defense also stepped up big against a tricky single-wing Giles offense, holding the Spartans scoreless until deep into the fourth quarter.

“Yeah it took the entire team to win this game; offense was able to put points up, and the defense did a great job stopping the run and stopping them on third down,” said Brian Mitchell, junior starting safety and running back.

FAMILY: What a team needs to be. Every football team spends so much time with each other, throughout the offseason, in school, and at practice. This amount of time spent together leads to close team bonding, which can result in wins. For Blacksburg, this closeness results in love and trust on the field. Many players have even played together for years, furthering the trust they have in one another. The sizzling offensive trio of Grant Johnston, Tiquest Terry, and Thomas Coffey have all played together since middle school. One family, winning together.

LOVE: A word that isn’t used enough in football. People may think that because football is such an aggressive game, there can’t be love involved. Those people were proven wrong on Friday; the Bruins were encouraging their fellow teammates after good and bad plays. Even when the starters were pulled and the backups were put in, the team continued to show love for the guys still fighting for playing time.

Love is why the final score was 50-7 in favor of the Bruins; not because of athleticism or game plan, but because the Bruins love each other, and that love will continue to grow next week at Lord Botetourt, and all throughout this 2018 campaign.

 

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