Written by Terranse Harris
In this week’s rivalry game the Bulldogs beat Jennings Warriors 28-0. I interviewed Trinity Mays about the game her responses was very entertaining. Who won the cheer battle? She replied, “We did.” How competitive was the cheer battle ? She says, “There wasn’t much competition.” How was practice knowing you all were going against Jennings ? She said “practice was easy.” Who was being a great leader during the battle ? She said Cheer Captain “Troinetta Butler.” Were some of the girls on the other side intimidating ? She said, “Nobody can scare us”. Despite the “cheer battle”, both teams joined together to do what Mrs. Baker-Ingram (the cheerleading sponsor) calls a unity cheer. I asked Coach B-I her feedback. “What made you come up with the unity cheer ? She replied, “ I came up with the Unity Cheer to help alleviate the negative connotation that is associated with a “Cheer Battle”. Those spectators that are not familiar, assume that because the battles can get heated with the cheerleaders “repping” their schools proudly, that it will spill into the community or after a game and the cheerleaders will want to fight. The Unity Cheer is to reinforce that Battle Cheer is healthy competition. No one walks away a loser. We are all winners”. Did it go as planned ? Yes it did go as planned. I had been in communication with the coach from Jennings prior to the game. We decided on a cheer and each of our squads practiced the cheer. On Game Day, we practiced the cheer together to make sure we had learned the cheer and the moves.