Pisgah football head coach Brett Chappell knows the stakes.
“Every week’s an elimination game,” he said. “The loser of Friday’s game is out.”
The game Chappell speaks of is the upcoming contest between his Bears and the Blue Devils of Brevard. While both teams have looked solid on the football field throughout this strange spring season, this game also carries additional weight. Assuming Hendersonville claims victory against a winless East Henderson squad, a Pisgah win would mean a share of the Mountain Six Title.
Chappell also noted that the JV team, which plays Thursday, has its own shot at winning its conference, as well.
“For our program and kids to get to the last week of the season and still have a goal like this for both JV and varsity is good,” he said. “It’s big to be able to get to the last week of the season and have it all on the line. I’m proud of our kids.”
For varsity, Chappell said he expects to see a solid Brevard squad.
“They are good at a lot of things,” he said. “They did graduate some really good players, but their staff does a really good job of continuing to bring kids along. You’re going to see a good, tall quarterback and two really tall receivers, as well as a pretty quick inside slot.”
Although the Blue Devils lost a consistent running back early in the season, Chappell said linebacker Garrett Swicegood has done a good job of filling that role.
“He’s a good, tough runner,” he said.
While a Pisgah win would guarantee a share of the conference title, because this season will yield a smaller playoff field and its one loss was to Hendersonville, whether the Bears can get a wildcard playoff spot or not will be a toss-up.
“Our conference, because of the size, is only going to get guaranteed one spot,” Chappell said. “The second-place team, as far as seeding goes, has an opportunity to go in as a wildcard, so at this point, we feel like winner of Brevard-Pisgah game has an opportunity to get in.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Brevard.