Friendship Christian ran only 18 offensive plays in a lopsided 55-0 victory over outmanned Pickett County Friday night at Pirtle Field.
This was hardly the kind of tune-up Commander head coach John McNeal would have liked as he prepares his squad for tonights MyTV30 Thursday Night Lights game at Middle Tennessee power Trousdale County High.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at John Kerr Field. Live radio coverage can be heard on WTNK FM-93.5 and on the Internet at www.wtnk.com.
The Commanders threw only one pass in the Pickett County game -- a 32 yard touchdown pass from Tallon Mehlhoff to Stefan Remus on the first play of the game. After that, it was all run for the FCS crew who racked up 319 yards in total offense.
To be honest, we didnt spend any time preparing for Pickett County last week, Coach McNeal said. We worked on us and started our Trousdale County preparation. Trousdale County will do what they always do, get you so focused on defending their power game that youll look up and see one of their kids running under a long pass for a touchdown.
Weve got to do our jobs on both sides of the ball. Last year, (a 10-6 loss to the Jackets) every time they had to have a play to keep a drive alive -- they made one. Weve got to have that mindset. In the clutch situations, weve got to have someone step up.
McNeal sees the television coverage as a positive for the competing teams as well as all the programs in Region 4A.
This is a real opportunity to spotlight the brand of football we play in this region, McNeal said, people in this region understand -- but I think everyone will get a better idea of how good the football is around here once they see these two teams on Thursday.
Following a season-opening loss at Kentuckys Warren Central High, Trousdale County has reeled off four consecutive wins -- including a 41-7 victory at Clay County last week.
Since that loss, the Yellow Jackets have scored 148 points (37 ppg) while allowing 67 (16.8).
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor