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The Morristown West Trojans are back at home and back in Region 1-5A play in Week Five of the season.

Daniel Boone comes into Burke-Toney Stadium for West’s homecoming game and the Trojans are eager to get themselves back into the win column after dropping two straight games on the road.

“We know what is at stake this game against Daniel Boone,” West coach Alvin Sanders said. “We are looking to get back to winning form. We know what a win can do for this team but we haven’t talked about it much because we don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on our kids. Our kids already understand what this game means.”

The Trojans (2-2, 0-1 Region 1-5A) are a perfect 2-0 at home this season while the Trailblazer of Daniel Boone (1-3, 1-0 Region 1-5A) are 1-2 on the road.

Both West and Daniel Boone are looking to bounce back from their Week Four losses against Region 1-4A teams. Last week, Elizabethton defeated Daniel Boone 20-13 in a close contest, and West was defeated by Greeneville.

Sanders knows what is on the line against the region foe with a win putting the Trojans in a great position to make the playoffs, as well as getting back to where the team was just two weeks ago.

“Every game in this region is a huge game,” he said. “Winning one game in the region puts you that much closer to being a playoff contender.

“If the last two weeks have taught us anything is that we have to stay focused. We are focusing on ourselves and improving. We haven’t been ourselves the last couple of weeks. Fortunately, we look a lot healthier this week which will most likely help us in that regard,” Sanders added.

Daniel Boone comes in with multiple weapons for sophomore quarterback Luke Jenkins to utilize with Brogan Jones and Landon Kirkpatrick in the receiver slots, and Hagan Edwards and Will Hamlin in the backfield with him.

Kirkpatrick and Hamlin are the two primary playmakers for the Trailblazers, especially if Jenkins can find a rhythm.

Fortunately for the Trojans, they have done a great job putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season led by their senior defensive core in James Ross, Jake Duquette, Corson Oloday and the frontline.

“We have to make sure we are pursuing the football,” Sanders said. “

As for defense, the Trailblazers line up in multiple sets according to their opponent but run primarily out of a 3-4 package.

West’s last six quarters on the offensive end have been a struggle compared to how it began the season. Sanders believes getting his senior quarterback Noah Tripucka back to form is the most important step in getting the offense back on track for the Region 1-5A matchup.

“Defenses have done a great job limiting Tripucka’s playmaking ability,” Sanders said. “We have to get him going for this offense to open up and for us to do what we want to do. He’s ready for the challenge.”

Tripucka’s job becomes much easier once running backs Hunter Delaney and Aquilio Romero find a groove. Unfortunately, the two backs have had a tough time doing so.

“We have a big focus this week to stay out of situations that will back us up on the offensive end,” Sanders said. “We know we can control that and it will help get our backs going so they aren’t fighting to make up for those yards we lost.”

The biggest upside according to Sanders is having a fully healthy offensive line back in the game. Senior Dawson Stanley and junior Haidyn Stanley were two key pieces the offensive line was missing the last two games.

West will look forward to the chance of grabbing its third win in the match against Daniel Boone at 7 p.m. on Friday at Burke-Toney Stadium.

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