Tyler Bell and Pisgah open Class 3A Region 7 play against Brindlee Mountain.

The Pisgah football team opened the season on a strong note.

Now the Eagles hope to do the same to start region play.

Pisgah hosts Brindlee Mountain Friday night at 7 at Sam Kenimer Stadium in the Class 3A Region 7 opener for both teams.

It’s the 12th all-time meeting between the teams in a series Pisgah leads 11-0. The Eagles won last year’s matchup 54-7 in Scant City.

While Pisgah (1-0) opened its 2019 campaign with a 47-21 win over Woodville, Brindlee Mountain has limped to an 0-2 start after a 35-20 loss to Asbury and a 49-0 setback to Southeastern-Blount. 

The Lions have lost 16 straight games and 40 of their last 42 games dating back to the 2015 season. Brindlee Mountain has also lost 38 consecutive region games dating back to the 2013 season.

Pisgah head coach Luke Pruitt wants his team to take Friday’s game with a business-like approach.

“I told the guys that we’ve got to come out there and take care of business and if we get the opportunity to, put it away,” Pruitt said. “We need to be 1-0 in this region. That’s what matters.”

Pruitt was pleased with Pisgah’s improvement from its jamboree to its season opener and wants to see more improvement from Game 1 to Game 2.

“Offensively we were much better, blocking the right folks,” Pruitt said. “We gave up some stuff on defense. Some of it was (Woodville’s playmakers), you tip your hat to them. But I’ve challenged the defense to be better.”

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