By Jack Jeffrey | Pinewood Prep Contributor
Something will have to give on Friday night when winless Pinewood Prep plays host to winless Trinity-Byrnes. Both sides have a lot of questions to answer early in the season.
Trinity-Byrnes allowed 28 unanswered after getting a lead over First Baptist two weeks ago. The Titans did a poor job stopping the pass, allowing Sincere Brown, an Appalachian State University commit, to explode for 166 yards and two touchdowns against their secondary. Then they allowed 43 points to Charlotte Country Day last week.
While Pinewood does not have the same level of explosiveness at receiver as First Baptist or Charlotte Country Day, they do offer decent speed. Ben Brown is coming off of a big game in which he caught a deep ball for a touchdown, and could be a factor on Friday night.
The Titans will rely on their heavy running attack which makes them dangerous for Pinewood’s defensive line.
For the Panthers, there is no denying that injuries are amongst the biggest concerns for this football team. “We’re still getting some people back, and we still don’t have everybody back,” said Coach Wright.
In their battle against Ben Lippen, Quarterback Myron Wigfall suffered an ankle injury, Offensive Tackle Logan Stern was sidelined with a back injury, and running back Raysheem Cherisol dealt with a left leg injury.
“My ankle is day to day because it’s healing fast, but if I’m not 100 percent I won’t play,” said Wigfall. The Panthers would certainly love if Myron could suit up and play this Friday, but if not, there is some promise with backup quarterback T.J. Hatchett.
While Hatchett is young, he offers great height and can certainly throw a nice ball. The Panthers started to look better towards the end of their game against Ben Lippen so the question will be if they can carry any of that momentum into their showdown vs Trinity-Byrnes.
Defense is the glaring issue for the Pinewood Prep side though, particularly in the run game as they gave up one big play after another on the ground to Ben Lippen.
Trinity Byrnes is a run-based team, so the Pinewood defense will have to be up to the task if they want to secure a win. “They love the run, they love the wing T, they have good speed, good decision making, and we have to be aggressive,” Coach Wright emphasized.
If there is anything working for Pinewood it is the fact that they will be on their home field and they will have their student section, the “Blue Crew” on their side. “You have the home crowd and you have everyone cheering for you and your team and that’s a good feeling,” said Wright.
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