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Controlling emotions will be pivotal for Blazers vs. Vikings

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By COLLIN BROOKS

Staff Writer

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As if their first Mountain East Conference game wasn’t enough to give the Blazers some jitters, there will be even more adversity that the Blazers will have to face when they welcome Tennessee High on Friday night.

Daniel Boone (2-1) is dealing with a tragic car wreck that took the life of classmate Kaylee Rapun and left their teammate Ryan Sanders in the hospital. The school is also honoring their 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction class during halftime.

Daniel Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins knows that his team will have to overcome those mental hurdles before they take the field.

“There is a lot of emotion at our school right now, so that will be the main factor for us on Friday night,” he said.

The Blazers may also be playing with sophomore quarterback Easton Harrell, who will be making his first start of the season, after starting quarterback Noah Shelton was injured during the Blazers 14-6 loss to Elizabethton last week. Shelton is “doubtful” according to his coach, but school officials have said that the junior quarterback suffered an elbow bruise, instead of a fracture or damage to his nerves which were the early indications.

Tennessee High (2-2) is on on a two-game winning streak and they are coming off a 24-7 rivalry win over Virginia High last Thursday night. In that contest, Vikings wide receiver Cade Mitchell was named the offensive MVP after he was able to haul in six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Tennessee High was also led by defensive back Michael Mays who nabbed two interceptions on the contest.

The Vikings have been going with a two-quarterback offense as junior Courtland Carter and senior Ty Myers have been splitting snaps. Myers is a pocket passer, while Carter is an athlete that will move to wide receiver whenever Myers is taking snaps. Jordan Barr handles the running responsibilities for the Vikings.

Jenkins is aware of what the Vikings are capable of on offense, but he said that their true identity may rest somewhere else.

“They are a big play team with two talented quarterbacks, but like always they hand their hat on defense,” Jenkins said. “It will be two teams getting after each other physically and the one that makes the least amount of mistakes will win.”

Tennessee High is 0-1 in conference play after a 24-7 loss to Morristown East during the third week. The Vikings second game of the season was a 45-21 win over Sullivan South, after a loss to Dobyns-Bennett.