Morristown West had an extra day of practice this week due to playing last Thursday night and Trojans head coach Dr. Alvin Sanders said it was much needed.
“It helped a lot because we came in on Friday and were able to put (the Carter) game to rest, watch video and learn for it,” Sanders said of the added practice day this week. “We came in on Monday and instead of having that day to go over last week’s game, we had extra time to start game prep for Science Hill. The way the Carter game transpired for us, that extra day was a much-needed day just from the standpoint of getting back into it. We all hurt and we communicated and were able to get back on the same page so it was a nice bonus for us.”
The Trojans needed some extra time to put last Thursday’s loss to Carter behind them, a game that saw the Hornets rally in the fourth quarter to tie things up with only seconds remaining and then win in overtime. Another tough opponent awaits West this week as the Trojans make the trip to Johnson City to take on Science Hill. The Hilltoppers are 2-5 overall but sit in third place in the conference at 2-1. “This is a typical Science Hill team as they have very big, fast, strong guys,” Sanders said of this week’s opponent. “They are very well disciplined and they are always well prepared. While they have only won two games on the season, they have a very tough non-conference schedule and had a chance to win those games. Their size and speed will be a challenge for us.”
Science Hill is coming off a 35-25 loss at Farragut last week where mistake after mistake doomed their chances to pick up a win in conference on the road. The Hilltoppers had three interceptions, a missed field goal, a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown and many other miscues that spelled disaster.
Quarterback Connor Batcheldeer threw for 235 yards and two scores on 17-of-27 passing and Chris Thomas showed his athletic abilities as he rushed 24 times for 112 yards and caught five passes for 128 yards.
West’s 27-21 setback to Carter was a game where the Trojans put up some big time offensive numbers. West finished with 419 total yards, led by Hunter Delaney’s 172 yards on the ground. Quarterback Noah Tripucka threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite the disappointment of last week’s loss, Sanders said his team continues to put the effort in every day. “One thing that we have learned over the last couple of years is to keep fighting and keep battling. You can’t dwell on the losses and you can’t dwell on the wins, you have to treat those two the same and just keep getting better. That is our goal and our focus right now. Our senior class has done an unbelievable job in this rebuilding process we are going through. We are in the moment right now but at the same time, we are trying to set the foundation for what we are doing. Our kids have been unbelievable in that regard”.
Kickoff in Johnson City is set for 7:30 p.m.