Pisgah Football

Black Bears hope to avoid blue birds’ trap

Pisgah 6-0 in Mills River in its last six trips
By Rhonda Byrd | Oct 06, 2016
Photo by: Bill Killillay Pisgah's Tanner Wike.

CANTON — The Pisgah varsity football team’s 29-23 victory over Franklin last Friday was unquestionably a defining moment for the Black Bears’ football program.
The win was Pisgah Head Coach Brett Chappell’s 100th win as a head coach.
However, the moment is over.
Undefeated Pisgah (6-0, WNCAC 2-0) still has a WNC Athletic Conference championship in its sights and it still is on a collison course with undefeated Tuscola in next week’s 53rd County Clash at Memorial Stadium in Canton.
So, the Black Bears will let the victory over the Panthers go and do whatever they have to to avoid the time-worn concept of the “trap game” — in Mills River tonight against a very determined West Henderson team.
As a matter of fact, the Pisgah players really don’t need much to remind them what West Henderson (3-3, WNCAC 1-1) is capable of tonight. They just have to watch film of last year’s 16-14 loss to the Falcons at Memorial Stadium.
History is on the Black Bears’ side in tonight’s WNCAC matchup with the Falcons as Pisgah is 6-0 in its last six trips into Johnson Stadium.
Team stats are also on the side of the Black Bears as Pisgah scores an average of 33.8 points a game, while the stout Milltown defense gives up just 8.5 points per game. Meanwhile, the Falcons are scoring 25.8 points a game and allowing 29.0 points per game.
Last and not least is “mojo” is on the side of the Black Bears after beating Franklin last week, while West Henderson has been thumped in two of its last three games (41-7 at Smoky Mountain, 62-48 vs. Mountain Heritage).
To carry the night in Mills River and return to Canton still undefeated, Pisgah will need to rely on a den of seniors, beginning with split end Trey “Spiderman” Morgan, who has caught 32 passes for 538 yards with 12 touchdowns. Running back Michael Parrott adds a special element to the running game with his bruising-style, rushing for 529 yards and four TDs this season, while Isaiah Fisher has been superb on both sides of the football for the Black Bears.
Linebackers Jeff Albritton and Tanner Lanning have really put on a show for the fans throughout the season with their friendly tackle competition.
Two weeks ago, Albritton led the team in tackles, last week it was Lanning’s name at the top of the list and coming into the West Henderson game, the pair are tied for the team lead with 47.0 total tackles each, while cornerback Houston Rogers is nipping at their heels trying to make it a three-man race.
The play so far this season of the seniors is near the top of the list of reasons  why Pisgah is undefeated.
However, the play of sophomore quarterback Tanner Wike may be the reason at the top of the list the Black Bears are off to its best start since the 2006 season.
Through six games, Wike has amassed 1,109 yards in total offense, passing for 662 yards and rushing for 447 with 18 combined touchdowns. Currently, he is on track to surpass 1,000 yards passing and has an outside shot at surpassing 1,000 yards rushing.
Pisgah has the history, the stats and the mojo are their side for tonight’s game at West Henderson. Chappell is also one of the best at getting his team to focus on one single issue.
The focused Black Bears storm into Mills River and cages the blue birds.
Byrd’s Prediction
Pisgah 31, West Henderson 0