Someone is going to have to score on Mitchell to give the Mountaineers their first loss.
And that’s asking a whole lot.
The Mitchell defense has only given up six points all season – a touchdown in the team’s season-opening 20-6 home win over West Wilkes on Aug. 19.
Keeping with their stubborn nature, the Mountaineers (4-0) shut out McDowell Friday in Ledger, 32-0.
“The biggest thing I have to credit is our defensive coordinator (Jamie Bell). He comes up with a great gameplan every week and the kids really buy into their assigments,” Mitchell football coach Travise Pitman said.
“They like getting into the details and applying it to how we’re going to play against different sets. I was real happy with (Friday’s game). We controlled the line of scrimmage and did a good job stopping the run.”
Leading tacklers for the defending 1-AA Western Regional champions are Ben Robinson (6.7 per game), Jesse Pressley (6.0), Trevor Self (5.3), Landon Miller (5.0) and Jacob Yelton (4.7).
Overall, Mitchell has outscored opponents, 107-13. Seven of those 13 points came on a kick return.
Ben Young passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were caught by Brody Smith (123 yards), in Friday’s nonconference game. Dylan Jarrett ran for 24 yards and two touchdowns.