Mountaineers roll to 6-0
RUTHERFORDTON – Mitchell High School’s football team is riding a lot of momentum into Western Highlands Conference play.
The Mountaineers improved to 6-0 this past Friday by spoiling R-S Central’s homecoming with a 41-7 win in Rutherfordton.
Mitchell has won five games by double digits this season and has held opponents to nine points or fewer three times.
The Mountaineers took an early 7-0 lead in Rutherfordton after sophomore Noah Pitman caught a short pass from senior quarterback Ben Young and weaved his way through defenders and into the end zone.
Young exploded for four more passing touchdowns in the second quarter – two to senior Ben Robinson, one to senior Brody Smith and another to senior Jesse Pitman, who also returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown in the quarter as the Mountaineers pushed their lead to 41-0 at halftime.
“Before the play, Coach Pitman came over and told me that receiver was calling for the ball a lot,” Jesse Pitman said about his interception. “I went out there ready and I made the play.”
Hunter Bradley scored R-S Central’s lone touchdown on a 9-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to cut Mitchell’s lead to 41-7.
Young completed 11-of-14 passes for 183 yards and five touchdowns. He was sacked once.
Young completed four passes to Smith for 69 yards and a touchdown and tossed three passes to Jesse Pitman for 72 yards and a score.
Jesse Pitman said the team was focused on building confidence in its passing game before conference play begins.
“Our coaches challenged us to go out there and bring our best game,” he said. “We really wanted to get it all clicking, especially in the passing game.”
Young was also the team’s leading rusher with nine carries for 43 yards. Junior Landon Miller ran for 29 yards on six carries and Noah Pitman ran twice for 27 yards.
The Mountaineers outgained the Hilltoppers 304-107. Mitchell held the home team to just four passing yards and notched two interceptions.
Mitchell has its bye this week and returns to action next week at rival Mountain Heritage in the first conference game for both teams.
“It’s going to help us get healthier and get our minds right for a big game,” Jesse Pitman said about the bye. “It’s going to be a tough fight.”