There are only three games left on the Morristown West Trojans’ schedule including two favorable games against Hardin Valley and Bearden.
Before getting to those favorable games, West must face its toughest opponent on the schedule thus far – the Indians of Dobyns-Bennett. The Trojans make the Region 1-6A road trip to J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport to play the Indians this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Dobyns-Bennet (7-0, 4-0 Region 1-6A) is 17-3 through its last 20 games and are looking for another deep TSSAA Class 6A playoff run again this year.
“Whenever you watch Dobyns-Bennet, you realize just how fundamentally sound this team actually is,” head coach Alvin Sanders of West said. “The coaches are doing a great job with those kids but just like every other team, they have their weaknesses. We have to take advantage of that and use our strengths to perfection if we want to win this game. We believe we can win this game. We love the competition.”
West (2-4, 1-2 Region 1-6A) will have their hands full and will have to make all the right plays to complete the upset against the Indians who have held opponents to eight points per game this season.
Fortunately for the Trojans, they have seen themselves improve each week since losing against Morristown East in the “City Championship.”
“We have seen improvements – we are getting better and better,” Sanders said. “We have talked to our guys and told them to lock in. We know we have to stop the little mistakes that have cost us a score in a game. Whether it be a missed block or a mental mistake, we’ve had something that has hurt us. We have seen that get better in the last two weeks, though. I like the direction we are heading.”
Sander is hoping to see some more improvements made this week.
Dobyns-Bennet carries lethal offense along with its dominant defense. The Indians are averaging nearly 40 points per contest as every opponent has struggled to slow down their well-balanced offense.
“We know we are 2-4, but at the same time, we are riding with confidence,” Sanders said. “We are up for a challenge against Dobyns-Bennett’s offense and defense. They have playmakers all around. We aren’t backing down, though. We know we have to be on top of our game this Friday night. If we can hold them under 200 yards passing and make the right plays on the offensive end, we like our chances in this game.”
Both West’s offense and defense have a tall task ahead of them for this region game.
Win or lose, this game prepares them for what lays ahead in games against Hardin Valley and Bearden to secure a playoff berth.
Region 1-6A Playoff Chase:
1. Dobyns-Bennet (7-0, 4-0 Region 1-6A)
Next up: Morristown West
2. Farragut (4-3, 2-1 Region 1-6A)
Next up: Bearden
3. Science Hill (5-2, 3-1 Region 1-6A)
Next up: BYE
4. Bearden (2-5, 2-1 Region 1-6A)
Next up: Farragut
5. Morristown West (2-4, 1-2 Region 1-6A)
Next up: Dobyns-Bennett
6. Hardin Valley (0-7, 0-3 Region 1-6A)
Next up: Jefferson County
7. Jefferson County (0-7, 0-4 Region 1-6A)
Next up: Hardin Valley