George Wythe Maroons (2-1) at Chilhowie Warriors (3-0)
Date: Thursday – September, 13 2018.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: 09/15/2017 George Wythe 24 – Chilhowie 21
All-time record: George Wythe leads 29-4
Players to watch:
George Wythe – QB Cole Simmons, RB Dayson McMillian, WR Jacquez Younger, LB Dorrien McMillian
Chilhowie – QB Zack Cale, RB Greg Sanchez, Slot Anthony Blevins, LB Logan Branson
What to watch for:
George Wythe was one of the three teams to beat Chilhowie in the regular season in 2017. The Maroons, who have played three straight 2A schools to begin the season, have won two in a row after losing their opener to Radford. The Maroons are led on offense by first year signal-caller Cole Simmons, who has thrown for five touchdowns on the season. Simmons proved that he can move the ball with his legs. His partner in the backfield, Dayson McMillian, had a big game against Marion with a rushing and receiving touchdown. Jacquez Younger is Simmons’ favorite target. Younger had two touchdown receptions in their win vs. Marion. The Maroons’ defense is led by Dayson’s brother Dorrien McMillian who plays inside-linebacker. Through the first two games of the season, Dorrien had an outstanding 21 tackles, one sack and two interceptions.
Although the Warriors dropped last season’s decision to the Maroons, they went on to finish as the 2017 VHSL 1A runner-up. Coach Jeff Robinson told CoalfieldSports.com that one of his team’s season goals was to avenge their three regular season losses from this past season. They succeeded by defeating Marion in week one. Chilhowie then picked up wins vs. John I. Burton and Twin Springs to bring their record to 3-0 on the young season. The Warriors are led on offense by their four year starter at QB, Zack Cale, who has five touchdown passes on the season to go with close to 200 rushing yards. The reigning Region D Offensive Player of the Year, Greg Sanchez, returns to his tailback position, having rushed for 405 yards and six touchdowns on the year. Another dangerous weapon for the Warriors is slot-back Anthony Blevins. The Warriors slot-back has rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns on the year and serves as a sure target for Cale in the passing game. Logan Branson, the reigning Region D Defensive Player of the Year, leads the Warrior defense again from his linebacker position.
“As far the motivation for this week, it has taken care of itself. This is an easy group to motivate when they have a challenge in front of them, and George Wythe is definitely a challenge.” – Chilhowie Head Coach, Jeff Robinson
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