SIDE VIEW: Building depth is crucial to team
This past Friday was a nice win for the Mountaineers over Trinity Academy. The final score was 38-12. What’s the problem with a win?
There have been times in the past when everyone involved with Mountaineer football would have been happy with a 38-12 victory. Coming out of the Trinity game, stop and ask yourself, “What is wrong with a win?”
The best thing to happen in the Trinity game was every young man on the team saw action. The intended benefit is building depth moving forward throughout the remainder of the season. Yes, the coaches could have decided to line up play after play and crush Trinity. What is there to gain with that scenario? The only thing I can think of is to inflate individual stats. At the end of the game, there isn’t a real benefit there if the goal is to build the team.
Coming away from the Trinity game, again this week, five different young men made it into the scoring column. As the game progressed, the air attack smoothed out and Noah Pitman threw for two touchdown passes, one to Ty Sparks and another to Tyler McKinney. For the night, Noah completed 7-of-18 passes for 126 yards to four different receivers. Hopefully, as the season moves along, the passing game will continue to improve and be an even more significant threat to opposing defenses.
Things are going to get tougher beginning this week against McDowell. The Titans are under a new regime with former Avery head coach Darrell Brewer as the new coach. Brewer has coached his teams to 70 victories and led the Avery Vikings to three seasons with at least 10 wins. Brewer brings a hard-nosed style of football to the Titans that emphasizes tough defense and a run-oriented ball-control offense. The Titans are off to a 1 -2 start with a 41-28 win over East Burke and losses to R-S Central and Patton. Improvement and the building process has begun at McDowell.
The Mountaineers will be back on the practice field this week working to improve and get ready for three tough non-conference games before the start of the conference schedule. McDowell will be a tough challenge for the Mountaineers. The Titans have big offensive and defensive linemen. Their perimeter players are skilled on offense and defense. They have shown the ability to run and throw the football and to defend both defensively. The Titans pose a serious challenge.
This week the Mountaineers will be playing the first of two consecutive road non-conference games. The team will no doubt need to see many fans make the journey down the mountain for this big game. Make plans to travel with the Mountaineers. Be sure to wear lots of purple, make lots of noise and cheer the Mountaineers to victory.
Chris Pitman gains his views from 40 years of involvement with Mitchell High School athletics.