Mitchell improves to 2-0 with 56-0 rout of Cabarrus
LEDGER – The Mitchell High School football team made a statement Friday, Aug. 30, in its home opener with a 56-0 win over Cabarrus. The Mountaineers look to keep the winning going Friday, Sept. 6, when they host Trinity Academy out of Gray, Tennessee.
The Class 1A No. 4-ranked Mountaineers (2-0) have won their previous two meetings with the Knights (1-1), winning 60-9 in 2017 and 44-25 this past season.
“They gave us some trouble early in the game this past season,” said Travise Pitman, who is in his sixth year as Mitchell head football coach. “They have some athletes, a quarterback who can move and some nice wide receivers. They have good-looking kids up front, and they like to spread around their offense. We have to be ready for whatever they come at us with.”
Trinity Academy opened its 2019 season with a 42-36 overtime win over Andrews before falling 36-0 to Boyd-Buchanan this past week.
“We have to make sure we don’t give up big plays,” Pitman said. “Trinity has better athletes than the team we played this past week.”
Pitman said the biggest takeaway from the 56-0 rout of Cabarrus was getting the whole team involved in the win.
“Everybody did well,” Pitman said. “They stayed on their assignments, and it helped us step on the gas pedal early and not let up.”
Mitchell amassed 465 yards of total offense against Cabarrus while holding the Warriors’ offense to 82 yards. Senior quarterback Noah Pitman led the team in rushing with 104 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Junior Tanner Duncan added 87 yards on seven carries while senior Cameron Greene rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Harrison Horney carried the ball twice for 53 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown run late in the game.
Noah Pitman was 7-for-10 passing for 42 yards, including a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Tyler McKinney.
Junior Ty Pitman caught two passes for 18 yards.
Junior linebacker Caius Peterson led the Mitchell defense with eight solo tackles, including three for a loss. Junior Ty Sparks and senior Cole Sparks had five tackles each and senior Matthew Gilbert added four.
Senior defensive back Garrison Phillips had an interception for the second time in as many games for the Mountaineers, this time returning the pick 33 yards for Mitchell’s second touchdown of the game.
The win was Travise Pitman’s 60th at Mitchell.
Kickoff against Trinity Academy is set for 7:30 p.m. at Mitchell High School in Ledger. It is youth night at the game, and a pair of flag football contests will take place at halftime.