Injuries and low interest forced the Governor Thomas Johnson High School football program to cancel their entire varsity season. The cancellation left TJ’s cheerleading squad without their main forum, but on Friday night they got a chance to perform, courtesy of their cross-town rivals, Frederick High School.
The FHS and TJHS cheerleading teams stood side-by-side last night as the Frederick Cadets played the Middletown Knights.
TJ’s varsity football team played just one game this season, a 49-0 loss to Middletown. Injuries, ineligibility, and flagging student interest forced the team to forfeit three more games before the high school announced the cancellation of their entire season on September 30.
From the school’s principal, Dan Lippy:
I regret to inform you that Gov. Thomas Johnson High School will be forfeiting the remainder of our varsity football games this season. This decision is necessary to ensure the safety of our student athletes, as we are unable to field a sufficient number of players from our junior and senior classes due to injuries and academic eligibility.
On Friday night, TJ’s intra-city rival, Frederick High School, hosted the Middletown Knights. Also present: the Governor Thomas Johnson High School cheerleading squad, who performed side-by-side with the Cadets.
Thank you @CadetAthletics for inviting our Cheer Squad to FHS Friday Night Lights tonight! #FHSTJRivals_Friends
@TJ_PatriotsAD @tj_patriot @CadetsPrincipal @FCPS_GTJHSPrin @FCPSAthletics pic.twitter.com/kWhscYEDMN
— TJ Patriot Athletics (@GTJHSAthletics) October 4, 2019
Great to have the TJHS cheerleaders join us this evening! pic.twitter.com/bEzN3U1q6d
— David Franceschina (@CadetsPrincipal) October 5, 2019
Tonight our Varsity Cheerleaders were invited to cheer alongside with Frederick Cadets Cheerleaders 📣 No words can truly express how much a simple gesture like this made these Ladies smile 😃 Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ♥️ @GTJHSAthletics @CadetAthletics pic.twitter.com/YXzVL4fzlD
— PRLovelyQueen (@BoricuaQueen2) October 5, 2019
Headline photo: @BoricuaQueen2
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