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LEDGER – Mitchell High School’s varsity football team will look to extend its hot start Friday, Sept. 13, when it travels to McDowell.
The Mountaineers improved to 3-0 Friday, Sept. 6, with a 38-12 home win over Trinity Academy out of Gray, Tennessee. Mitchell’s win added to its fast start to the season that includes a 24-7 road win over Erwin and a 56-0 rout of Cabarrus.
Mitchell scored early and often against Trinity Academy, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with touchdown runs from senior quarterback Noah Pitman and junior running back Tanner Duncan.
Mitchell padded its lead in the second quarter with a touchdown pass and run from Noah Pitman and an Elliot Kadans field goal that put the home team up 31-0 at halftime.
Noah Pitman connected with senior Tyler McKinney for a 66-yard score in the third quarter, and despite a pair of late Trinity Academy scores, the Mountaineers coasted to the finish.
The Mountaineers racked up 329 yards of offense, including 203 on the ground.
The Mitchell defense continued its stingy work by holding the Knights to 234 yards of offense. The Mountaineers sacked Trinity Academy quarterback Titus Brooks four times and intercepted him once.
The Mountaineers limited Trinity Academy to just 47 rushing yards on 24 attempts.
Senior Hunter Zheng led the way defensively for Mitchell by recording a pair of sacks and three tackles for a loss. Matthew Gilbert and Mason Bullis also added one sack each and combined for three tackles for a loss.
Mitchell now turns its attention toward McDowell, which is 1-2 after a 3-0 loss to Patton in its previous game.
After a scoreless first half, visiting Patton broke the ice with a third-quarter field goal that held up for the rest of the game.
McDowell opened the season with a 20-12 road loss to R-S Central and followed that with a 41-28 home win over East Burke.
Friday’s game will be McDowell’s third-straight home contest and is the team’s last game before its bye week in Week 5.
The Titans are a run-heavy team that has attempted just 35 passes this season. Junior quarterback Riley Moore has completed 49 percent of his passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns compared to one interception.
McDowell has used its ground game to score six of its nine offensive touchdowns this season.
Junior Quantavian Moore has served as McDowell’s workhorse back this season. His 247 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns lead the team.
Quantavian Moore, who is averaging 5.7 yards per carry, is complemented by the running of Riley Moore, who has rushed for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Mountaineers head coach Travise Pitman said he expects to see an offense that attempts to do many of the things his team likes to do.
The Titans work out of the shotgun frequently, Travise Pitman said, and look to establish tempo through Wing-T formation looks. Defensively, like the Mountaineers, the Titans utilize four down linemen and three linebackers.
“They’re learning a new offense,” Travise Pitman said. “Each week they’re getting better with what they’re doing. They gave Patton some trouble, and they’re sound defensively.”
The Mountaineers and Titans clashed in Ledger in Week 4 this past season and Mitchell rolled to a 42-12 win.
McDowell’s last win over Mitchell came during the 2013 season when the Titans blanked the visiting Mountaineers 29-0. Since then, the two teams have met every season, but Mitchell has won all of those meetings.
Travise Pitman said with the Western Highlands Conference schedule starting in less than a month he hopes to see more growth from his team over the next three games, starting Friday.
“We still have a long way to go,” he said. “We’re still getting there. We have a lot of things to improve in, and it’s just about taking the time.”
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Friday in Marion.