Brindlee Mountain football: Lions still hoping for a successful season | Sports

During pre-season, Brindlee Mountain head coach Keith Garner spoke about how much he loved how his football team’s schedule was down.

There would be a four-game streak to open the season, then a timely break, then a six-game streak to end the season.

The Lions reached this week’s opening date with an encouraging 2-2 record as the football team attempts to tie or even beat the school record of three wins set in 2011 under the head coach Ron Reece.

Garner spoke privately at the time about having three or even four wins, despite his team going on a 43-game losing streak at the time.

After winning the game from Asbury on September 1, Garner said wistfully, “We should be 3-1.” That’s because the Lions lost a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to Elkmont the previous Friday.

Still, a coveted three- or four-win season — and a possible playoff berth — are still on the table despite the Lions’ 47-6 loss to Vinemont last Thursday.

Toby Hill, Ayden Thomason and Isaiah Pair each scored a pair of touchdowns for Vinemont (2-2, 1-0 Class 3A, Region 7).

Brindlee Mountain is 1-1 in area. A 78-yard pass from Noah Bearden to Kalob Ford saved the Lions from a shutout.

As the Lions look to the final six games, there is hope in almost every game, despite star quarterback Ian Garner’s season-ending knee injury in Asbury’s win. Besides Garner, the Lions are relatively healthy, according to Garner.

The first chance for a third win comes next week when the Lions travel to Woodville for an out-of-region game. Woodville is 0-3.

The following week, Brindlee Mountain began a four-game streak in the region at Susan Moore (1-3 on aggregate, their only victory against Asbury, 66-0). Next, Brindlee Mountain plays a few home games against opponents who – at least on paper – look stronger than the Lions.

JB Pennington is 3-1 and Madison Academy is 1-2 but is traditionally a 3A power.

Next, the Lions play their final regional game at Danville, which is currently 1-3, and then the season finale is at home against Gaston, who is 1-2, with its only victory against Asbury in a high-scoring affair ( 64-42).

Brindlee Mountain beat Asbury on the road, 52-28, despite losing to Garner with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

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