By COLLIN BROOKS
Daniel Boone hasn’t had good luck without their quarterback Noah Shelton, so they are hoping that he will be able to go when they travel to Sevier County on Friday night.
The Blazers only two losses have come when their quarterback has been injured — in the first quarter against Elizabethton and the third quarter against Science HIll — and it is still unclear whether the junior will be cleared to play against the Smoky Bears.
Daniel Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said that his QB is considered day-to-day and will be checked again on midweek. A similar diagnosis was given by the coach just before Shelton suited up against Tennessee High.
Sevier County (1-5, 1-1) — whose lone win of the season came against Cocke County 31-7 in the third season of the week — was a state semifinalist last season. But they only return experience that accounted for just two varsity touchdowns during that season. Now, it appears they are having trouble generating offense, as they are last in the league with 1,485 yards.
Daniel Boone (3-2, 1-0) on the other end is leading the league, with 1,346 rushing yards and 1,807 total yards this season. The Blazers are averaging 22.6 points per contest, while Sevier County is adding 17.2 points.
That doesn’t mean that Daniel Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins and his staff are taking their opponent lightly.
“They are a very athletic team, which means we will have to tackle in space,” Jenkins said. “They have two different quarterbacks that they use and each brings something different to their team.”
Coming into the contest the Bears like to use QB’s Jeffrey Bersch and Noah Webb.
Bersch has thrown for 431 yards and two touchdowns, completing 39 of his 73 attempts, while Webb has thrown for 369 yards and two touchdowns. He has thrown five interceptions and completed 40 of his 87 passes this season.
Sevier County looks to running back Gustavo Osorio to carry the load in the rush game, as he has carried the ball 95 times this season for 445 yards.
Bersch is the only other player over the century mark rushing on the team with 111 yards on the season.
Charlie Brown is the leading receiver for the Bears with 32 catches for 303 yards. Behind him is Colin Russell (9 receptions, 146 yards) and Anthony Velasquez (13, 120).
The defense for the Blazers is only giving up 17.2 points, while Sevier County is giving up 32.2 points. They have also had trouble with the run game, having given up 1,048 yards so far this season.
Jenkins said that in order for his team to win they will have to keep the chains moving and consistently pick up first downs with their run game.
It seems evident that the Blazers strong point is running the ball this year, they currently have three players in the top 10 in rushing yards for the Mountain East Conference with Charlie Cole leading the way with 53 carries for 380 yards. Just behind him are Mason Mounger (74 rushes, 365 yards) and Noah Shelton (42, 335). Shelton has only attempted 43 passes this year, completing 26 for 359 yards.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Sevier County.