Mitchell 57, Carolina Wildcats 6: Mountaineers dominate on homecoming

Mitchell moves to 5-0, prepares for road test at R-S Central

LEDGER – The theme of Mitchell High School’s 2017 Homecoming was “Le9endary” and the Mountaineers’ performance against the Carolina Wildcats was nearly that.

Ranked No. 5 in Class 1-A, Mitchell (5-0) racked up 401 yards of offense with a short field most of the night to outmatch and overpower the Wildcats from the beginning in the 57-6 win.

Mitchell was led on the ground by junior running back Landon Miller, who had 74 yards and a touchdown on three carries for an average of nearly 25 yards per carry. Junior Ethan LaPlante added 66 yards and a touchdown while senior Preston Roe and junior Jordan Cox has 52 and 45 yards and a touchdown, respectively.

Junior lineman Hudson Boone had the lone receiving touchdown for the Mountaineers when he grabbed a tipped pass from senior quarterback Ben Young early in the second quarter and scampered 8 yards to the end zone.

The Mountaineers were led on defense by senior linebacker Ben Robinson’s 4.5 tackles.

“We got a lot of players on the field,” said Mitchell Head Coach Travise Pitman. “Any time we can get our younger guys in it’s good for our team.”

Mitchell travel to Rutherfordton this coming Friday to play R-S Central. The Hilltoppers (2-3) are under first-year head coach Brad Hutchins and return only four starters – two on offense and two on defense.

R-S Central opened the season with a 20-14 win over McDowell before losing three-straight games before defeating South Caldwell 23-14 this past Friday.

“They are not a bad team,” Pitman said. “They will line up and run at you. Their losses have been to quality opponents and they are physical up front. I think it’ll be a good test for us.”

The Hilltoppers’ junior quarterback Jayden Wadell is a dual-threat player.

He has thrown for 501 yards and six touchdowns this season and is also the team’s leading rusher with 473 yards and four touchdowns.

R-S Central senior linebacker Demarcus Johnson anchors the Hilltoppers’ defense. He finished third in the South Mountain 2-A/3-A Athletic Conference this past season in tackles and he will be a key factor in stopping Mitchell’s pair of 400-plus yard rushers this season in Noah Pitman and Robinson.

Kickoff in Rutherfordton is set for 7:30 p.m.

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