If one were to look at the Morristown West football teams record, they might assume the team was lost, just trying to get the season over with.
The Trojans currently sit at 1-7 on the season, their one win coming against Morristown East who also has just one win. However, the Morristown West record does not show everything, according to head coach Alvin Sanders.
“We are getting better in all phases of the game,” Sanders said. “We are working extremely hard, the development is going strong and we are really close to putting it all together. I am extremely proud of our guys in that respect.”
Morristown West is coming off a 42-15 loss at Science Hill, their seventh straight loss of the season. The Trojans were down 42-7 before scoring and converting a two-point conversion on their last drive of the game.
Hunter Delaney lead the way for Morristown West with 115 rushing yards while Dylan Cribley threw two touchdown passes.
Despite the lopsided score, Sanders was proud of his teams effort and notes the improvement from the start of the season.
“Early in the season, it was a whole big mess with missed assignments and bad plays,” Sanders said. “Now, we’re getting down to where it’s just a few plays in the game that are getting away from us so we feel like, if we continue to grow and fix those few things, we’ll be able to have success down the road.”
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Trojans this week as they take on undefeated Dobyns-Bennett.
The Indians come into the game ranked fourth in Class 6A and received one first place vote in this weeks AP statewide rankings.
Dobyns-Bennett’s defense has recorded three shutouts this season. The Indians are coming off a 38-13 win over Farragut last Friday.
Dobyns-Bennett is led by their two running threats, Phillip Armitage and Tyler Tesnear. Armitage had 113 rushing yards against Farragut and a touchdown while Tesnear had 125 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Zand Whitson was 10-of-12 in the game with 137 yards. He also had a rushing touchdown.
“Dobyns-Bennett is playing really good football right now,” Sanders said. “They’re not beating themselves, and they are going out and playing extremely hard and they’re very well coached. We just have to go out and match their intensity level. We have to go out there and play extremely hard as well. If we take care of the football and tackle defensively, we have a chance to be in the ballgame.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at Burke-Toney Stadium.
After the Dobyns Bennett game, the Trojans go on the road to face Bearden before finishing the season at home against Hardin Valley.
“We’re just trying to put it all together,” Sanders said. “At the beginning of the season, we had a hard time putting consecutive practice days together. Now, we have accomplished that goal so now we have to put what we do on the practice field into games. We’ve come as far where we have looked good for a quarter and even a half.
“Now, these last few games, we’re looking to put it all together for the entire game. If wew can do that, it will springboard us to the football team we want to be, and that is our goal.