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Brevard Fully Focused Going Into Road Game At Madison


September 12, 2019

Building off a solid win against East Rutherford last Friday, the Brevard Blue Devils will look to make it three straight wins this week as they travel to face the Madison Patriots.

Not much has gone right for the Patriots (0-3) this season, particularly after losing last week to Rosman, 40-12.

That being said, you can only play the teams in front of you, and Blue Devil head coach Craig Pritchett is hoping his team can put together another good performance and eliminate some of the mistakes that occurred against the Cavaliers.

“The focus of every non-conference game is to look at our game and see where we can get better. We had some mishaps last week that we have to correct. So, going into this week it’s all about putting our best foot forward and getting better as a team,” he said.

Brevard’s offense put together a balanced attack against East, finishing with 180 passing yards and 168 rushing yards.

Pritchett said he liked the rhythm his offense was able to establish, particularly in running the ball and clock management.

“The offense is all about timing and as we get more reps, the confidence will come. So, as they start to gel, they can show that they can be something special. I thought the second half against East Rutherford, especially our last drive, it really showed our potential with running the ball and controlling the clock,” he said.

One focal point of the offense has been sophomore Nathan Stockton. Stockton started the season as a backup to Isaiah Rathbone, but has filled in the past two weeks, as Rathbone has been sidelined with a knee injury.

Pritchett said he anticipates Rathbone coming back in time for the conference opener against East Henderson. But in the meantime, Stockton has stepped up big, coming up with 117 rushing yards on 25 carries and 25 yards receiving on a pair of big third-down conversions against the Cavs.

Stockton is only 5’4” and 145 pounds, but he’s not afraid to run between the tackles and has shown a penchant for bouncing to the outside and getting big yards off the edge.

“Stockton is one of those exciting football players. He made a name for himself last year on the jayvee team and he can do some things that we really haven’t seen a lot of running backs be able to do since I’ve been here. He’s got great quickness and vision. He’s not the biggest, but you can’t measure his heart. He’s shown he can tote the rock and I think there’s exciting things in the future for him,” Pritchett said.

Two nagging issues for the Blue Devils so far this season have been offensive penalties – holding – and special teams.

Brevard has had big plays wiped out due to holding flags and has gotten away with two close calls on bad snaps on punt attempts.

Pritchett said he’s spoken to the team’s long snappers and the offensive players hoping to cut down on those mistakes, adding that he knows what his team is capable of when it doesn’t hurt itself.

“Staying ahead of the chains is big for us, so penalties are big when you get those holding calls on the edge. It’s something we can’t have. We know we have a chance to be successful if we protect the ball and don’t give up freebies – whether it’s on offense or defense,” he said.

Tales Of The Tape

BHS Madison

Points Scored Per Game 24 9

Offensive Yards Per Game 226 N/A

Passing/Rushing Yards Per Game. 103/123 N/A

Points Allowed Per Game 12 48

Yards Allowed Per Game N/A N/A

Passing/Rushing Yards Allowed N/A N/A

Blue Devils’ Leaders: Passing – Baxter Swicegood (279 yards, 3 TDs); Rushing – Nathan Stockton (190 yards, 1 TD); Receiving – Anjel Whitesides (202 yards, 2 TDs).

Result Of Last Meeting: Brevard, 63-6 (2018)

Prediction: Brevard, 42-7


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