Mitchell gets No. 1 seed, first-round bye in playoffs
Mitchell High School football assistant coach Brock Duncan said this past Monday he wants the first bus he boards during the 2017 playoffs to be leaving for the state championship game. Duncan just may get what he wants.
After the Mountaineers (10-1, 4-1) finished the regular-season this past Friday with a 49-7 win at Owen, all they could do is wait until the playoff pairings were announced Saturday to determine the path to the state championship game, which appears to come through Ledger.
Mitchell got the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the 1A West Region and will play the winner of No. 8-seed South Stokes (5-6) and No. 9-seed Community School of Davidson (5-6) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.
The Mountaineers had little trouble with Owen (1-9, 1-4) this past Friday on the road. Mitchell’s offense gained 418 total yards – 209 both rushing and passing – while the defense held the Warhorses to 154 total yards.
Senior quarterback Ben Young was the leading rusher for the Mountaineers, gaining 76 yards and scoring a touchdown on nine carries and senior running back Ben Robinson rushed six times for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Young was 10-for-20 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns, putting him 15 yards shy of 11,000 career all-purpose yards. Young already holds the school record. Senior Brody Smith was Young’s preferred target for the night, catching three passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.
Robinson was Mitchell’s leader on defense at linebacker, recording six tackles in the game. Junior Landon Miller and seniors Jesse Pitman and Jesse Pressley each had 5.5 tackles.