FALL SPORTS PREVIEW: JV FOOTBALL

JV team looks to continue success of 2017 season

LEDGER – A two-point loss to Elizabethton in Week 2 is all that kept the Mitchell High School junior varsity football team from going undefeated this past season in head coach Isaac Edwards’ first year at the helm. 

Mitchell, the reigning Western Highlands Conference junior varsity champions, finished 9-1 overall and defeated Mountain Heritage 14-8 in Week 6 to snap the Cougars’ 37-game winning streak over Mitchell.

As Edwards begins his second year, he said he has had to make some significant adjustments but expects his team to again compete at a very high level. 

“We are really young,” he said. “We have low numbers this year as opposed to the last couple of years but in turn, we are looking at that as getting a lot of reps, and that’s really important for these younger guys coming out of middle school going into their varsity careers.”

Edwards said the strength in this year’s team lies in the offensive and defensive lines but admitted the team is low on players in skill positions.

“We got really good feet on the line, and we have a lot of guys who can move,” Edwards said. “We’re low on skill players, but the ones we have look great. This is going to be a year of trying to preserve our legs and stay healthy throughout the year because of our low numbers. But we look to have really solid squad overall and build off what we did last year.”

Edwards will look to freshman quarterback Carter Hoyle, and running backs Pierce Green and Harrison Horney for a bulk of the offensive production on the ground this season. Tight ends Hunter Lowery, at 6-3, and Tyler Buchanan, 6-4, will often be targets for Hoyle through the air. 

“Our running backs’ success will be determined by being able to run behind our line,” Edwards said. “Our tight ends are two of the taller in the state for JV, which is fantastic for us. We hope to really be able to pound the ball this year.”

 

 

Mitchell High School Mountaineers 2018 Junior Varsity Football Roster

No. Name Ht. Wt.    Class

3 Trenton Wheeler 5’8” 150 9

4 Caleb Greene 5’7” 140 10

7 Sam Stewart 6’0” 155 10

8 Manuel Tehandon 5’6” 165 10

9 Grant Phillips 5’9” 165 10

10 Andrew Robinson 5’10” 165 9

11 Jason Smith 5’11” 170 9

20 Ben Hollifield 5’10” 170 9

22 Carter Hoyle 6’1” 180 9

26 Harrison Horney 5’8” 140 10

28 Gabe Honeycutt 5’8” 150 9

32 Pierce Greene 5’11” 175 9

36 Adrian McFalls 5’1” 155 9

42 Gabe Brandt 5’6” 110 9

44 Kolton Atkins 6’2” 180 10

51 Mason Bullis 6’0” 205 10

52 Joey Rogers 5’6” 205        9

53 Lane Young 6’0” 190 10

54 Austin Hudgins 5’8” 180 10

55 Xander Gardner 5’11” 230    9

63 Connor Buchanan 5’7” 195 9

65 Clay Pate 5’5” 170 9

66 Isaac Biddix 5’8” 180 9

73 Landran Guinn, II 5’11” 235 9

76 Landon Peterson 5’10” 205 9

77 Justin Buchanan 6’0” 170 9

80 Garrett Bullis 5’11” 175 9

85 Hunter Lowery 6’3” 205 10

88 Tyler Buchanan 6’4” 190 9

Head Coach: Isaac Edwards

 

JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at Erwin 

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 vs. Elizabethton (TN)

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 at McDowell 

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 vs. Smoky Mountain 

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at R-S Central

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Mountain Heritage 

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 vs. Madison 

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Polk County 

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 vs. Avery County 

7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Charles D. Owen 

Home games in BOLD

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