Idle coaches focus on family, scouting
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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With his team idle, Etowah coach Dave Svehla will make the trip to Johns Creek tonight to scout rival Woodstock in its season-opening game.
<BR>Staff file photo by Todd Hull
With his team idle, Etowah coach Dave Svehla will make the trip to Johns Creek tonight to scout rival Woodstock in its season-opening game.
Staff file photo by Todd Hull
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While a smattering of football teams will take the field tonight, it will be another week before stadiums start lighting up the Friday night sky in Cherokee County.

Woodstock is the only county team in action this week, but the Wolverines will be making the trip into north Fulton County to visit Johns Creek.

The remaining five teams have the night off, but that isn’t to say they won’t have plans for the night.

Cherokee, Creekview, Etowah, River Ridge and Sequoyah all plan to practice after school today, as they have each day since school started.

“They aren’t good enough yet not to practice,” Sequoyah coach James Teter said. “We will practice. Will it be as long as normal? No. But we will practice so that we can really have an extra day to get ready for the following week.”

River Ridge coach Robert Braucht had a similar opinion.

“How long practice lasts will be predicated by the children,” he said. “If they perform well the whole week, then we will let them out a little early. If they pull a mental no-show, then we will practice. It’s going to be based on that.”

After practice ends, each of the coaches have their own plans for the night.

Etowah’s Dave Svehla and his staff plan to split up and watch several of the teams the Eagles will face down the road play their openers. Svehla will be at the Woodstock-Johns Creek game, while some of his assistants will see Region 5AAAAAA rival Wheeler face Sprayberry.

“We are going to go out and get in the mood for football season,” Svehla said. “Those first games are a lot of fun to watch, and it gets you ready to play.”

Teter also plans to be at the Sprayberry-Wheeler game, with the former being a Region 7AAAAA rival of the Chiefs’.

Meanwhile, Cherokee coach Josh Shaw plans to get in a little family time. His 4-year old son, Trey, has a baseball game.

“It will probably be one of the few I get to see,” Shaw said.

Creekview’s Terry Crowder also has family plans, a week before his first game as the Grizzlies’ coach.

“I’m going to take my wife out to dinner,” he said. “It’s kind of the last Friday night for a while, and we will use it to relax a little bit. Make sure I take care of her before I get really busy.”

Though he will be coaching tonight, Woodstock’s Brent Budde isn’t mourning the loss of a Friday night off, or an opportunity to scout opponents. He knows his turn will come.

“In Week 3 we have an open week right before we start region play,” Budde said. “We will be able to go scout our teams that week.”
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