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Blue Devils Face Tough Test Against Cavaliers' Offense


September 5, 2019

After two weeks of smashmouth, ground-and-pound football, the Brevard Blue Devils are in for a different challenge on Friday.

Brevard travels to East Rutherford this week. And while the Cavaliers are 0-2 this season, they were a 10-win team last year and have an explosive offense capable of lighting up the scoreboard.

For a team coming off a 42-0 whalloping of Rosman, it will be a quick shift of gears this Friday.

“This will be a great challenge for us,” said Brevard head coach Craig Pritchett. “We haven’t seen the type of athleticism they have. They have a lot of speed, particularly at the running back and receiver positions. They have the potential to make those big plays, so we have to be ready.”

The cog of the Cavalier offense is sophomore quarterback Tray Mauney and his connection with senior wide receiver Calvin Jones.

At 6’2” and 195 pounds, Mauney is a prototypical pocket passer.

Jones has put up incredible numbers through two weeks of play, reeling in 19 catches for 283 yards and five touchdowns.

Mauney has 610 passing yards and six touchdowns this year, and with a nice complementary corps of receivers alongside Jones, the Cavaliers will definitely put the Blue Devils’ secondary to the test.

“We know that their quarterback is very capable. He throws a good ball, he puts it on the money, he buys time and he’s not afraid to throw it up. (Jones) makes plays. I think he was their number three receiver on last year’s team and he’s having a great season. We’ve got some things game planned to help with him and, hopefully, it’s a good night for us,” Pritchett said.

Offense might be the best defense for a Cavalier team that has given up 113 points through two games.

They lost a 56-42 dogfight to West Henderson in week one before getting blown out by 36 points against North Lincoln last week. Brevard’s offense scored 28 points in the win over the Tigers and Pritchett is hoping that momentum can carry forward into Friday’s contest.

“I think our offense feels like last week’s game was a good step forward and we’re continuing to work to get the timing down and work out the kinks. We’re hoping for another big game from our offense this week,” he said.

September presents four non-conference games for Brevard, three of which are on the road.

The Blue Devils steamrolled through its nonconference schedule last season, building the foundation of greater things to come.

Brevard has the chance to repeat that formula this year, and that all starts with getting a result against the Cavaliers.

“(Monday) at practice, we talked about starting a streak by getting our second win. Our schedule is heavy on away games and the opponents are tougher than they were last year. We have to play good football. Moving ahead we’re just looking to keep things rolling, play hard and watch our kids work,” Pritchett said.

Tale Of The Tape

Points Scored Per Game 27.5 31.5

Offensive Yards Per Game 171.5 338.5

Passing/Rushing Yards Per Game 70/101.5 305/33.5

Points Allowed Per Game 11 56.5

Yards Allowed Per Game 145 498.5

Passing/Rushing Yards Allowed 42/103 70.5/428

Blue Devils’ Leaders: Passing – Baxter Swicegood (99 yards, 1 TD); Rushing – Nathan Stockton (73 yards, 1 TD); Receiving – Anjel Whitesides (86 yards, 1 TD).

Cavaliers’ Leaders: Passing – Tray Mauney (610 yards, 6 TDs); Rushing – JuJu Whitesides-Hamilton (53 yards, 1 TD); Receiving – Calvin Jones (283 yards, 5 TDs).

Result Of Last Meeting: N/A

Prediction: Brevard, 28-21


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