By Carey Phillips


Brevard pulled away from an 8-8 halftime tie for a 30-8 JV football victory over Smoky Mountain last Thursday at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.

The Blue Devils took advantage of a fumble and blocked punt to take control of the game.

“We battled really hard in the first half,” Coach Zeb Capps said. “We’ve had a lot of adversity hit. In the second half, our lack of depth was a factor.”

Davey Mathis scored SM’s touchdown on a 45-yard run. Brylen Conlin ran for the conversion.

The Mustangs played without quarterback Brett Richmond, who was out with an ankle injury.

They were also without left guard-linebacker Dalton Buchanan, who spent time at Mission Hospital in Asheville following an incident in practice two days before the game.

“We had a really big injury with Dalton Buchanan,” Capps said. “He went down in practice. There was no contact. It was just a freak thing. He had to be taken to the hospital and had a brain bleed. That was very scary in itself. He’s a big part of our team. It was an emotional week for the kids, but they handled it well.”

Buchanan was able to be at the game.