The Spartans enter the final four
By DYLAN SIEGEL, Staff Writer
November 24, 2020
Mountain Brook heads off to Pinson Valley to fight for a berth in the state championship this Friday at 7pm.
After defeating Clay-Chalkville last week, the Spartans head to Pinson Valley, who is coming off a 34-2 win over Oxford. The Spartans enter the week on a seven-game win streak; while Pinson Valley comes in on a six-game winning streak. Mountain Brook understands the amount of talent they’ll face.
“They’re the best football team that we’ve seen since we played Thompson [who was our only loss],” Head Coach Chris Yeager said.
Unlike last week, Mountain Brook will have to go on the road to play this game.
“We’re not too worried about having to play away. It isn’t something we can control and our fans always travel well,” junior wide receiver Jake Thompson said.
Though the Spartans have great talent, none are ranked in the top 100 in the state of their respective class, according to 247 sports. A lot of what makes Pinson Valley great is their depth of talent. They have seven players with D-1 scholarship offers, including Ga’Quincy McKinstry, the number one overall player in the class of Alabama in the class of 2021, and Kenji Christain, the number twenty-six overall player in the class of 2021, according to 247 sports.
“If those are the only good guys on that team, it [facing them] wouldn’t be a problem . . . they’ve got many good guys,” Yeager adds.
Expect Pinson Valley to put the ball in the hands of their playmakers frequently. As far as injuries are concerned, both teams are relatively healthy.
This game holds weight for Mountain Brook as the Spartans have not been to the semi-finals of the playoffs since 2010.
“It means a lot to our team because of how hard we have worked for this. We are far from done and have not reached our goal yet,” senior cornerback Lev Berman said.