HENDERSONVILLE — Smoky Mountain coach David Napert admitted to being more fiery than usual Monday night.
He yelled some during his pregame speech, even threw a thing or two.
“I had to,” Napert said.
“We were worried to death (as coaches) that we were going to come out flat. It was real wet and the atmosphere wasn’t the same as a Friday night game.”
Napert’s strategy had its desired effect.
Sophomore quarterback Nate Coffey completed seven of his 11 passes for 114 yards. His lone touchdown pass (43 yards) found the hands of Connor Moore. Carson Shuler got the scoring started with a 1-yard run earlier in the same quarter (second).
The Mustangs (3-3, 1-1) were then able to hold West Henderson (4-2, 1-1) scoreless in the second half. Tackling leaders for Smoky Mountain this season have been Carlos Pantoja (14.8 per game), Kevin Allred (7.0), Jacob Gass (6.3) and Shuler (6.0).
Rainy weather postponed seven mountain football games on Monday night including this Western North Carolina Athletic Conference matchup.
“It was disappointing that we didn’t get to play Friday and I feel for (West Henderson),” Napert said.
“They really did a good job making the field playable. I’m really proud of our kids for this win. They played a really good defensive game against what I think is a great offense.”
Starting quarterback Chase Fisher (277 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions) was held out of Friday’s game with a tender hamstring. He is expected to play Friday when Smoky Mountain hosts Franklin (4-2, 2-0). The two-time defending WNCAC champion Panthers have won 14 out of the last 15 meetings in the Cowee Mountain rivalry.
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