Patrick Henry Rebels (4-0) at John S. Battle Trojans (2-2)
Date: Friday – September, 21 2018.
Where: Battle Hill – Bristol, VA
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Last meeting: 09/20/2017 John Battle 56 – Patrick Henry 26
All-time record: Patrick Henry leads 29-27-2
Players to watch:
Patrick Henry – RB Zach Brown, RB Cody Smith, QB Brady Stiltner
John Battle – RB Juddy Shaffer, QB Walker Osborne, RB Dylan Cunningham
What to watch for:
Patrick Henry dropped a 58-26 decision to John Battle last season, but the Rebels are on a tear to begin the 2018 season. Palmer’s squad is led by a dynamic backfield that includes Zach Brown and Cody Smith. The junior tailback Smith was a CoalfieldSports.com Player of the Week nominee last week after his 179-yard, four rushing touchdown performance against Eastside. Zach Brown was impressive himself against Eastside, as he finished with 285 yards and two touchdowns. Brown is a current Player of the Week nominee after his 127 yard, three touchdown performance against Twin Springs. Brown has 729 yards on the season.
John Battle looks to continue on their current win streak. The Trojans strength of schedule got the better of them in the first two weeks as they dropped games to Abingdon and Virginia High. They’ve rebounded nicely with impressive wins over previously unbeaten Holston & Lebanon. Dylan Cunningham led the Trojans’ on the ground against Lebanon, accounting for 97 yards and a score. Walker Osborne also churned out 65 yards and a touchdown. Juddy Shaffer is also a useful weapon for Stone’s team as he’s proven capable to eclipse the century mark on the ground himself.
“We’re excited, we know it’s a great atmosphere. I know the community, just like the coaches and the boys are excited to be back home.” – John Battle Head Coach, Britt Stone via the John Battle Radio Network’s Tim Burnette
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