Mountain Heritage has already won in a sense.
E.L. Briggs Stadium, or “The Pit” as it’s affectionately referred to by the Cougars, should be filled to the brim Friday with of the largest home football crowds in recent memory.
Big bucks for the athletic department look like a given, but Mountain Heritage (6-2, 2-1) and Trey Robinson (1,329 rushing yards, 454 passing yards and 24 combined touchdowns) would love nothing more than to dethrone undefeated Mitchell (8-0, 3-0) as well.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Burnsville and the winner takes a huge step towards a potential Western Highlands Conference championship.
“We played a regional final here (2-A in 2009) and there may be more people here Friday then there was back then,” Cougars coach Joey Robinson said.
“I don’t want our kids to feel like there’s a lot of pressure. But it’s a pretty big game, no doubt, especially when you look at the ramifications. Mitchell is a really well-coached, balanced football team who does what they do well. They look like they have all the parts. There isn’t anywhere where they don’t have the player they need. They’re about as sound a team as you’re going to face. There’s a reason they’re undefeated.”
Mountain Heritage hasn’t played since a 50-3 thrashing of Owen on Oct. 9.
“There’s no doubt about it, we needed an open week,” Robinson said.
“It’s not just the schedule we’ve played, but the toughness of teams we’ve played. There’s been a lot of physicality and it really put our kids through a tough stretch.”
Along with Trey Robinson, other offensive playmakers for the team are Dathan Robinson (458 yards, three touchdowns), Britt Burleson (272 yards, four touchdowns) and Cole Burleson (14 receptions for 176 yards and four touchdowns).
Adam Shuford (11.1 tackles per game), Levi Robinson (10.9), Cory Presnell (9.1), Tyler Brown (6.4), Isaac Allen (5.9) and Nathan Higgins (5.1) have shored up the defense.