The Transylvania Times -

By Marvin Joseph
BC Sports Information 

Mittring Closes Out BC Career With Wins Over Montreat


October 18, 2018

Dick Purselle

Brevard College senior Tom Mittring played in his final match for the Tornados over the weekend, picking up a pair of victories on the singles and doubles side.

The Brevard Blue Devils took the field last Friday night like a team on a mission – and it showed.

There was a steady sense of confidence and unwavering focus over 48 minutes that resulted in a dominating 55-7 win over Franklin.

The Blue Devils will look to continue that success this week, as Brevard (7-1) travels to Smoky Mountain on Friday to take on the Mustangs.

Last year, Smoky (5-3) used a late turnover to steal a 28-21 win over Brevard at home that was part of the Blue Devils' five-game losing streak to end the season.

This time around, it's the Mustangs who are struggling, having lost three of their last four, including consecutive conference losses.

But Smoky has played a tough schedule and been competitive in every game.

So, there's no looking past Friday's road contest.

"Smoky is a good football team. They have good size up front and all around. They've got a new coaching staff, so you can't really look back at last season. Last year's game is one we feel got away from us. So, there is a little redemption in our minds. But the biggest thing is playing another conference game. So, hopefully, we can continue the winning ways," said head coach Craig Pritchett.

A look at the stats gives a pretty clear picture of why Smoky's season has gone south.

Over their first four games, the Mustangs averaged 37 points per game on offense, while allowing just 10.5 points per game.

But in their three losses since week six, Smoky's scoring average has been cut nearly in half (19 ppg), while their defense has allowed nearly 30 points per game.

Smoky has a new quarterback this season, with senior James Hinson under center.

Their primary ball-carrier is Will Frady, and Hinson has a couple of big targets on the outside.

That being said, Friday night will provide another chance for Brevard's defense to shine against a potent offense.

"Smoky is capable of running and passing. Their size allows them to run the ball and control the clock. And they've got a couple great receivers that are capable of making big plays. They're pretty balanced across the board," Pritchett said.

Defensively, the Mustangs have faltered a bit in the past few weeks.

They gave up a season-high 287 rushing yards in a loss to Tuscola and Hendersonville found a perfect balance of run and pass – logging 185 yards on the ground and 188 yards through the air – as they beat Smoky 41-28 last week.

The Blue Devils posted a season-high 437 total yards in their win over the Panthers, including a season-best 243 yards passing.

So far this year, Brevard's offensive game plan hasn't changed much from week to week, as the goal is to always strike a balance between rushing and passing the ball, while taking advantage of mismatches that present themselves.

"Our coaches do a good job of breaking down film and finding what other defenses give us. We can run the ball effectively, and pass the ball short and deep. So, hopefully we'll continue to do that," Pritchett said.

Watching Brevard this year, it seems like they go into every Friday night looking to make a statement.

With this year's senior class coming in as freshman the same year Pritchett took over as head coach, he said it's amazing to see all the progress they've made in such a short period of time.

"This is the coaching staff's first four-year team. You look back at the seniors that have been with us for four years as freshman, and as a jayvee program they didn't win a single game. But they've pulled together, they've bought in and they've done everything we asked them do. They've worked hard in weight room. They've worked hard in practice. This is one of the best team chemistries I've been around in coaching," Pritchett said.


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