Maroon Devils ready for Rosman Tigers

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While Swain had an overwhelming win against Andrews on Friday, Oct. 6, the Maroon Devils varsity football team will face a Rosman team that hung with Cherokee before falling 39-21. 

“If you’ve been around Smoky Mountain Conference football, Rosman has been known as a wishbone option team that ran the football. Their whole thing is they’re going to run it down your throat and you’re going to like it,” said Swain head coach Neil Blankenship. 

Rosman (2-6, 1-2 Smoky Mountain Conference) has a new coach this season in Matt Stack, who came from McMichael in Rockingham County. While Andrews amassed 218 of its total 268 offensive yards running, the Maroon Devils (3-4, 2-1) will face a Rosman team that likes to pass.

“Now, they have a new coach, and he is a (spread) offense guy,” Blankenship said. “They’re throwing the ball a lot.

“They just keep getting better. I think it took them a little while early in the season to get used to a new coach, new offense they haven’t done before,” he said. “Now, I think they’re starting to hit their groove a little bit in their offense because in the film, they move the ball real well against Cherokee.”

In the Friday, Oct. 6 win against Andrews, Brodie Bowman ran for 87 yards on 10 carries. He also completed four of nine passing attempts for 124 yards and three touchdowns. 

Brier Younce had three catches for 75 yards and three touchdowns and also handled kickoffs for regular kicker Holden Petty, who was injured and missed the Andrews game.  Tanner Wiggins handled extra points. 

On Monday, Blankenship did not know if Petty would be cleared to play against Rosman. 

The combination worked for the Maroon Devils who defeated Andrews 48-18. 

“Confidence is everything,” Blankenship said. “We’ve got to get more confident about what we’re doing. I felt like our kids played pretty well the other night. When you watch film, you still see a lot of stuff we need to work on. We have to get better at it, especially defensively. We’re just not getting there like we need to yet.”

Swain will certainly need confidence because the next two weeks following Rosman are against accomplished teams Murphy and Robbinsville. 

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