By Clint Parker
EHS – The Mitchell High Mountaineers came to the home of the Erwin Warriors Friday night (Aug 23) looking for a win and they found it. The Mountaineers gave Erwin the first loss of the season with a score of 24-7, but there were times it looked as if they were trying to give the win to Erwin.
Both teams’ defenses were tenacious during the first quarter. Erwin received the ball first to get the game started but only made it to mid-field before having to punt. The next several drives by both teams ended that way. Finally, around the eight-minute mark, Erwin was able to get their only touchdown off a Jared Penland quarterback keeper from inside the red zone. A good point after (PAT) and the Warriors were ahead 7-0 and would remain there until halftime.
Several times during the game, it looked like Mitchell was on the verge of scoring only to have Erwin’s defense strip the ball from the Mountaineers’ offense. However, Erwin’s Penland also aided Mitchell’s effort by throwing two interceptions during the game.
Mitchell ultimately made their move when they scored at the 5:15 mark in the third quarter and tied the game with the PAT making it 7-7. A conspiracy of bad calls by the officials, bad passes by the Warriors and obstinate defense on the part of the Mountaineers’ defensive kept Erwin out of the endzone for the remainder of the game.
The rest of Mitchell’s points came in the fourth quarter, starting with a field goal with 8:59 on the clock and followed by two more touchdowns. Erwin Coach Rodney Pruett will regroup his Warriors to head to Mountain Heritage Friday to meet the Cougars.