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  1. MongolGuru

    Stadium Size

    We played there in 2016 and the visitor side looked like it had been. Kind of low to the field but clean and fresh looking to me.
  2. MongolGuru

    My40 WNC schedule?

    They've never had a stellar schedule but with the allowance of broadcasting NC games on on Fridays, one would have hoped it would have improved. With some of the Week 1 games available this Friday, it is hard to believe they passed on MH vs Brevard, Mitchell vs Erwin, Franklin vs Asheville, or Smoky vs Robbinsville.
  3. MongolGuru

    My schedule of games to see.

    Week 1 in WNC has some great ones. https://www.citizen-times.com/story/sports/high-school/hshuddle/2019/08/19/wnc-high-school-football-top-week-1-games-watch/2049396001/ No. 7 Mitchell at Erwin Mitchell enters the season with 16 returning starters and state title hopes, facing an Erwin team coming off a 10-2 season. The Warriors are replacing offensive skill talent and will have a tough test against the Mountaineers' defense. Mitchell and Erwin have split its last two games with the Warriors winning 35-21 last year and the Mountaineers winning 21-14 in 2017. No. 8 Robbinsville at No. 5 Smoky Mountain This game features the two top running backs in the area with Robbinsville senior Rylee Anderson (1,965 yards, 32 touchdowns) and Smoky Mountain's Will Frady (1,255 yards, 15 touchdowns) facing off in Week 1. Both teams enter the season with realistic conference title hopes with Smoky Mountain returning 17 starters and Robbinsville returning a dangerous running back tandem and a stout offensive line. No. 6 Pisgah at No. 3 Murphy Pisgah and Murphy have split its last two games with the Black Bears winning 15-8 last year and the Bulldogs taking a 30-13 win in 2017. Murphy coach David Gentry enters this season just seven wins shy of the state's record for career wins and a win over Pisgah would put him well on his way to taking that record this year. Both teams enter 2019 with plenty of questions, and once again, this game will offer a huge test early for both programs. Murphy enters this game ranked No. 3 in the CT preseason poll with Pisgah coming in at No. 6. East Forsyth at No. 1 Reynolds The Rockets open the season with a huge non-conference test at home against 2018 4A state champion East Forsyth. The Eagles defeated Scotland County 35-28 to claim their first title since 1992 while Reynolds is now two years removed from its 3AA state title appearance. This game will act as an important benchmark for both teams that are trying out new players in key positions, including a new quarterback for Reynolds. Franklin at No. 9 Asheville This is the fifth year in a row that Asheville High and Franklin have opened the season again each other, and this non-conference battle continues to be an important early challenge for both programs. Franklin returns only five starters from last year's 6-6 team, and desperately need to gain experience before the conference schedule begins. Asheville High has legitimate conference title hopes, but needs to gain confidence before trying to dethrone Reynolds atop the WMAC. No. 10 Brevard at No. 4 Mountain Heritage Brevard and Mountain Heritage open the season against each other for the third straight time, with the Cougars winning the last two games 30-7 and 28-14. But the Blue Devils proved they were legitimate 2A title contenders last year with a run to the state semifinals, and although they lost plenty of talent, they're looking to show early they can make another deep playoff run.
  4. With the number of schools that Charlotte-Mecklenburg has, are there 10,000 people for each one that truly care enough to show up? Add in that in a metro area like Charlotte, you have lots of people with no ties to the community- they didn't grow up there, didn't go to school there. There are plenty of other options to spend one's entertainment dollar in Charlotte. Then there are the logistics of getting to a 7:30 game with Charlotte traffic. Lots of variables. Of course, with I-26 in the shape its in right now, any game south of Asheville is an adventure on Fridays around here.
  5. I'm thinking more of the outside interest. That is what drives the publicity. The locals always have cared. Its like Auburn vs Alabama, a 365 day a year topic.
  6. Part of that, Chris, is because Tuscola went on a 10 year run in 1978 and won 12 out of 13. Pisgah won the first 7 and it wasn't until the playoff game of '72 that the Mountaineers won a game. The interest in the 50/50 pot is more behind the interest in the game now. You hear more talk about that than the actual game. Those folks could care less who wins, they're just hoping to win the money or be at a "happening".
  7. MongolGuru

    Artificial Turf

    Some parents in Jackson Co. expressed concern over the potential cancer causing agents in the infill and it caused a major delay in going ahead with the project. It got so slow that the Carolina Panthers threatened to pull their grant for the field. Eventually, Jackson Co. went with a natural infill which increased the cost. I believe it is made from crushed walnut shells. Instead of the little black rubber pellets, it looks white. My son played on it his senior year. He was not impressed. https://wlos.com/news/local/additional-funds-approved-for-organic-artificial-turf-at-smoky-mountain-high-school
  8. MongolGuru

    Artificial Turf

    Surprised they've not yet had an invasion of squirrels.
  9. https://www.theonefeather.com/2019/06/ray-kinsland-helper-of-young-men-passes-away/?fbclid=IwAR3b_MK5mW4Dh20wFqJpAqE25yJaJ_T0Og7Ir6-N5Wvn2AuIyvBk78eosqw
  10. MongolGuru

    Mountain Heritage Schedule

    NCHSAA pushed Asheville, ACR and Erwin's scheduling issues down to Franklin and Pisgah when they moved North, West, and Tuscola into MAC.
  11. MongolGuru

    Mountain Heritage Schedule

    Paul, I remember early in Joey's career he didn't have a punter and decided to try a FG on all punting situations.
  12. MongolGuru

    Artificial Turf

    My discussions with our school superintendent 10 or 12 years ago indicated that amortized over the lifespan of the field, the turf cost is about equal to what is paid out in the same time frame for a grass field's maintenance. It's the usage and consistent playing surface that is gained that it is paying for. A lot of fields here are heavily used- HS, MS and travel soccer, football- youth, middle and HS and assorted practice times. When I was in junior high, I can remember our games being moved to the practice field or postponed due to wet weather. The varsity football coach was very protective of the stadium field, especially early in the season. Soccer didn't exist. Somewhere I used to have a photo from the Asheville paper of an official standing ankle deep in mud during a Brevard College game at Brevard High School's stadium. I agree that there are places that a nice grass field makes as much sense.
  13. East Burke is Freedom's rival from when there were only two high school's in the county. Now Burke is no different than all the schools in Henderson Co. playing each other, gate $$ for minimal travel. As for the (W)MAC, one of the results of a nine team conference is having less non-con games to schedule.
  14. "Mountain" teams, I believe, are historically considered to be in the Asheville Citizen-Times or WLOS coverage areas. Given both outlets' struggles to remain relevant in HS sports coverage, this can now be open to interpretation. Watauga has always been an outlier for one reason or another. Back in the late 90's and early 2000's, they were isolated as the only 4A school in an area that contained mostly 1A and 2A schools. Avery was their big rivalry game and Avery could win on occasion. They are at the outer edge of both Asheville and Winston-Salem media coverage. They were pretty bad in the 90's and tended to get a new coach every four years or so. The job that has been done there over the past decade or so is phenominal. They had some pretty epic battles with Reynolds and won a great playoff game in Fairview I believe during the Breitenstein era. I was in HS in the late 70's. Watauga had a run and won state in 1978. The AC-T had never really covered them before then or after but that season they did and we noticed.
  15. This past Memorial Day weekend seemed so full of tragedy. From the deaths of Bart Starr and Bill Buckner to deadly motor vehicle accidents involving the Auburn broadcaster and Wisconsin asst. basketball coach to drownings at the coast. Even a one year old was killed in a golf cart roll over accident. Then this hit my news feed... https://www.citizen-times.com/story/sports/high-school/hshuddle/2019/05/27/former-north-buncombe-athletes-die-atv-accident/1249133001/