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Rosman Seeking Big Win Against Swain For Homecoming - Rosman, NC


October 12, 2017

With just three games left in their regular season schedule, the Rosman Tigers will try to get back on track in the Smoky Mountain Conference race against Swain County as the Tigers celebrate Homecoming Friday night.

The Maroon Devils (3-4) come into the game one week after walloping Andrews 48-18.

The Tigers are looking to bounce back from a loss to Cherokee where they held a two-point lead at halftime, but couldn’t close things out over the final two quarters.

Swain is one game up on Rosman in the conference standings, tied with Robbinsville for second place.

The Maroon Devils have beaten the Tigers 13 straight times dating back to 2004, but a win Friday would be huge for Rosman and Head Coach Matt Stack as the conference race enters the home stretch.

Swain is a run-first team and has plenty of size for backs to follow with several six-footers along the line, including sophomore Nick Millsaps who is 6’7” and weighs 285 pounds.

The offense is led by senior Brodie Bowman, who leads the team in passing (762 yards) and rushing yards (481).

Swain doesn’t take to the air very often, but when they do it’s usually on the deep ball.

In three games this year, Bowman has completed passes for more than 40 yards.

He also gets plenty of carries on the ground and is averaging just shy of 70 rushing yards per game.

Other players who factor into the run game for Swain include Keshaun Beaner (261 yards and three TDs) and Hunter Burrell (192 yards and three TDs).

Bowman’s primary target in the passing game is 6’2” Brier Younce, who has 402 yards receiving and three TDs this season.

Shutting down the run will be a point of emphasis for the Tigers after giving up an average of 293 yards on the ground over their past two games.

As for the defense, opponents haven’t found much success through the air against Swain, as the Maroon Devils have held opponents to fewer than 100 yards passing per game.

Senior Wren Gunter leads the way with 83 tackles, followed by fellow senior William Paul with 52 tackles.

However, teams have found success on the ground against Swain, with opponents averaging 253 rushing yards a game.

The Maroon Devils have managed to avoid allowing those yards to translate into points thanks to an impressive 16 takeaways on defense – including seven interceptions and nine recovered fumbles.

The Tigers are averaging 265 yards rushing per game this year, which could bode well for the offense.

Quarterback Luke Stewart is also coming off an impressive outing against Cherokee, although he lost his primary target in Samuel Chappell who left the game due to injury.

The rest of the schedule for Rosman features a tough game on the road at Murphy followed by a home game against Hayesville in the season finale.

It’s a big of a long shot, but the Tigers are still in the running to finish in the top half of the SMC.

Pulling off a win against their rivals on Homecoming would be a big step in that direction.


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