Tuscola expects tough road test at Brevard
Tuscola head football coach Brandon Allen and his staff aren’t the least bit surprised the Mountaineers are having a bounce-back year.
When Tuscola finished 3-8 and missed the playoffs last season, Allen’s players immediately began an intense off-season workout regime.
All the hard work has paid huge dividends as the Mountaineers are sporting a 4-1 overall record, 4-0 for playoff purposes and 1-0 in the WNC Athletic Conference.
But Allen also knows, all that can come crashing down if his Mountaineers travel to Brevard tonight for a WNCAC contest at Memorial Stadium.
Brevard, which is 2-3 overall, 0-1 in the WNCAC, appears to have turned its football program around after finishing last season 0-11.
Supporting the Blue Devils’ turnaround was last week’s game at home against No. 2 Franklin. The upset-minded Blue Devils were tied at seven at halftime with the Panthers. But they let the second half get away, eventually losing 33-14.
Adding to Allen’s concerns is the extra movtivation Brevard will have for tonight’s game as the Blue Devils will be seeking their first home win since Oct. 21, 2011 (beat North Henderson 58-45).
This season, Brevard’s two wins were against Mitchell (43-28) and Cherokee (51-12) on the road.
The Mountaineers’ offense, which averages 33.8 points per game, is anchored by a solid offensive line led by senior captain Brent Rathbone and bolstered by a plethora of weapons like running backs Bryce Myers, Michael Herbertson, Ben Greene, Houston McCracken, quarterback Woody Cornwell and wide receiver Adam Chambers.
Through its first five games, Tuscola’s defense is allowing 18.8 points per game and McCracken, Greene and Jon Martnez have accounted for 102 tackles.
Tuscola currently owns a five-game winning streak against the Blue Devils. But the last time the Mountaineers lost to Brevard was in 2007 (40-16) — at Brevard.
This meeting should be less one-sided. The Blue Devils’ offense, led by the talented Anthony Benjamin, will be a challenge.
But Tuscola is on a roll and the Mountaineers continue to pick up steam in the stretch run and thump Brevard to move to 2-0 in the WNCAC, 5-1 overall and 5-0 for playoff purposes.
Tuscola 38, Brevard 7