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  1. Avery County High School, located in Newland, NC is looking for multiple 7on7 opponents. We are hosting a 4 team 7on7 on June 14 at 6pm. We are in a need of 2 teams for this date. We are looking to travel the week of July 18. We are also hosting another 4 team 7on7 on July 26 at 6pm. We are in need of 2 teams. If you are interested please send a Personal Message to me, or you can reach me at tcguyer@averyschools.net Come up and work on your craft in the great mild Summer temperatures in the High Country! Thanks, TC Guyer
  2. Congratulations to the Mountain Heritage Cougars as Trey Robinson, their 4 year starter at QB, passes Jager Gardner of Owen High to become the regions all time leading rusher with 8410 yards. Trey now stands at 6th all time in the state as reported by the NCHSAA record book. 10,895 Kevin Parks (West Rowan), 2006-09 10,241 Toney Baker (Ragsdale), 2001-2004 9,038 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle), 1998-2001 8,961 Elijah Hood (Charlotte Catholic), 2010-13 8,595 Tommy Henry (Maiden), 2003-06 8,532 Trey Robinson (Burnsville Mountain Heritage), 2014-17 7,787 Deronte McNeill (Northeastern), 2003-06 7,782 Anthony Saunders (Asheboro/Western Guilford), 1993-96 7,220 Josh Adams (Cary), 2002-05 -#1 scoring game of all time in NCHSAA history -52 points against Whiteville -Trey is 3rd all time in scoring in the state with 763 points -Trey is 4th all time in touchdown responsibility-170 TD -Trey is 3rd all time in the state in total yardage-12913 yards -Trey owns both the WNC career TD and rushing records with 8532 yards and 109 TD -Trey owns the WNC single season rushing TD record with 45 TD -Trey needs 326 yards to break Vincent Neclos's WNC record of 3380 yards in a season -Trey is 3rd all time in 100 yard games with 43 100+ yard games -Trey is 3rd all time in rushing attempts. 1117 attempts These are tremendous achievements for Trey, his teammates, and his many linemen who have paved the way for Heritage's successes. -
  3. Two teams from WNC made the finals and both have very good shots at bringing home the gold. For the first time since a loss in the 1978 final, Cherokee will try for a ring. The Braves potent offense and physical defense looks to shut down a very good Veer attack by North Duplin. Both teams can score, although with differing styles, and both play good defense. Coaching i think tips the odds in the Braves favor. AC Reynolds is back in the finals for the first time since winning in 2009. The rockets are 3-1 in the finals and have been on fire the last 5 weeks. The defense seems to be getting better each week. The Rockets are used to D1 level QBS as the have face one the last two weeks. The kid from New Hanover is another stud the Rockets will have to shut down. his 4,000 yards passing keeps that offense humming right along. this game is really a push, but I'm going to be a homer and go with the Rockets. I also want to pick a couple other games with ties to WNC. After Reidsville slipped by Mountain Heritage and Mount Airy dispatched Murphy I thought we all would be interested in those outcomes. 1A #2 Cherokee (13-1) @ #1 North Duplin (14-0): Cherokee 35-24 3AA #2 New Hanover (14-1) @ #2 AC Reynolds (14-1): ACR 31-28 1AA #1 Mount Airy (14-0) @ #1 Tarboro (14-0): Tarboro 37-14 2A #1 Wallace Rose-Hill (13-1) @ #5 Reidsville (15-0): Wallace 28-20
  4. Its regional finals time!! An emotional Cherokee leaves the cozy confines of plush Ray Kinsland Stadium for the first time in several weeks. Waiting in the High Country is top seed Mitchell. The spread-T attack of Mitchell is aiming for another trip to the finals. The Mountaineers squeak out the win. Murphy travels up near Virginia to take on the top-seeded Granite Bears. Can the Dawgs ball control offense control the clock enough to limit the high powered Bears return the finals to defend their crown. I thinks so. Heritage faces a familiar foe in Reidsville. The top seeded Rams are for real folks, with speed and athletes everywhere. Heritage counters with the state's leading rusher and WNC's leader in total yards and TDs. This should be a slobberknocker. This is my upset special this week. AC Reynolds is on fire. The Rockets high powered offense has taken a back seat to a defense that has only allowed 20 points in the playoffs. Sun Valley brings a potent passing attack with a D1 level QB and very talented group of receivers. This game should be exciting if both teams come to play. The Rockets launch into the finals. 1A #2 Cherokee @ #1 Mitchell: Mitchell 38-34 1AA #6 Murphy @ #1 Mount Airy: Murphy 27-25 2A #2 Mountain Heritage @ #1 Reidsville: Heritage 24-22 3AA #12 Sun Valley @ #2 AC Reynolds: ACR 30-24
  5. Heritage makes the trip to Reidsville a few rounds later than last year. Heritage played some great ball last night, Reidsville handled South Columbus. This is what everyone expected when the year began and now it's here!
  6. Hendo peaking, Heritage rolling, Should be a huge game and a great one at E.L Briggs!
  7. Another great week of playoff football in WNC. With only Franklin traveling outside the area there are plenty of great games to take in on black friday. 1A #5 Robbinsville @ #1 Mitchell: Mitchell 38-28 #3 Thomas Jefferson @ #2 Cherokee: Cherokee 28-21 1AA #7 East Surry @ #6 Murphy: Murphy 31-24 2A #3 Hendersonville @ #2 Mountain Heritage: Heritage 28-24 2AA #3 Franklin @ #2 Hibriten: Franklin 22-20 3AA #3 South Iredell @ #2 AC Reynolds: ACR 38-36
  8. Its that time of the year again so let the playoffs begin. Only a couple of rematches in the first round as Smoky travels to The Pit to face Franklin after playing them last week and Rosman travels to Big Oaks for another go at Robbinsville. Despite all the controversy of the Maxpreps rankings we are left with a half way decent playoff bracket. let's make the best of it and hope for a significant overhaul next season. 1A #12 Rosman @ #5 Robbinsville: Robbinsville 31-20 #11 Hayesville @ #6 Elkin: Elkin 46-14 1AA #12 Cherryville @ #5 Swain County: Swain 31-20 #11 South Stanly @ #5 Murphy: Murphy 40-24 9 North Rowan @ #8 Polk County: Polk 24-22 2A #15 Lexington Senior @ #2 Mountain Heritage: Heritage 35-14 #14 Brevard @ #3 Hendersonville: Hendersonville 38-10 2AA #14 Smoky Mountain @ #3 Franklin: Franklin 42-14 #11 Pisgah @ #6 Wilkes Central: Pisgah 30-28 3A #14 Tuscola @ #3 JM Robinson: Robinson 28-7 3AA #15 Parkland @ #2 AC Reynolds: ACR 40-10 #11 Erwin @ #6 AL Brown: Brown 31-24 #9 Asheville @ #8 Watauga: Watauga 34-22
  9. The final week of the regular season is upon us and not a lot changed last week. Heritage, Franklin and ACR all wrapped up conference titles leaving only the Smoky Mountain Conference to fight it out. Murphy is the only top 10 team to fall with a win. The Bulldogs bounced back after a tough loss to thump Rosman but still played sluggish defense. Cherokee won big and that set up a massive SMC game at Ray Kinsland Stadium this Friday. Franklin played Franklin football to beat a determined Pisgah and Smoky continued their surprising season with another win. ACR continues to cruise along and Asheville has proven that they could turn around a tough start and will be a very tough out in the playoffs. BOLD indicates conference champions (outright or shared) 1 Mountain Heritage, 9-0, 4-0 2 Franklin, 10-0, 4-0 3 A.C. Reynolds, 9-1, 7-0 4 Cherokee, 10-0, 5-0 5 Mitchell, 9-1, 3-1 6 Hendersonville, 7-3, 3-1 7 Asheville, 6-4, 6-1 8 Murphy, 8-2, 4-1 9 Erwin, 5-4, 5-2 10 Tuscola, 7-3, 5-2 11 Swain 6-4, 5-1 12 Smoky Mountain, 5-5, 2-2 13 Brevard, 6-4, 1-3 14 Polk, 6-4, 2-2 15 TC Roberson, 3-7, 3-4 16 Robbinsville, 6-4, 2-3 17 Pisgah, 5-5, 1-3 18 West Henderson, 6-4, 4-3 18 Madison, 4-6, 2-2 20 Rosman, 2-8, 1-4 21 Owen, 1-8, 1-3 21 East Henderson, 3-7, 1-3 23 Enka, 2-8, 1-6 24 North Henderson, 2-8, 0-7 25 Hayesville, 2-8, 1-4 26 Avery, 2-8, 0-4 27 Andrews, 1-9, 0-5 28 North Buncombe, 1-10, 1-7
  10. THURSDAY, NOV. 2 Hendersonville at East Henderson*, 7 p.m.: Hendersonville 49-14 FRIDAY, NOV. 3 Freedom at McDowell*: Freedom 35-10 North Henderson at Enka*: Enka 12-11 Tuscola at Erwin* Erwin 28-27 Reynolds at Roberson*: ACR 35-24 Asheville at West Henderson*: Asheville 28-24 Brevard at Pisgah*: Pisgah 21-20 Franklin at Smoky Mountain*: Franklin 34-17 Mountain Heritage at Avery County*: Heritage 56-7 Mitchell at Owen*: Mitchell 49-18 Madison at Polk County*: Polk 40-14 Murphy at Cherokee*: Murphy 28-27 Andrews at Robbinsville*: Robbinsville 30-14 Hayesville at Rosman*: Rosman 28-10 Carolina Gladiators at Swain County: Swain 42-20
  11. Congrats to the cougars on another fine season, baring any shocker friday night we are looking at a 2 over-all seed in the West and HOPEFULLY wont leave home till the regional final! Look forward to seeing some great teams heading our way! It'll be awesome to get the mountain weather and the grass of the pit through November, Maybe even December? we'll see! Congrats to everyone for great years and lets get ready to start up season 2!
  12. Sorry for be so late but it's busy around Jackson County this time of year. Nothing much changed this week at the top. Murphy fell after losing to a motivated Swain team and Cherokee jumped into the four slot after beating Robbinsville. Erwin moves up to ninth and Tuscola re-enters the top 10. Smoky Mountain moves up as they continue their extremely confusing season. They score a bunch with no defense one week then play great defense and score less. They are hard to pick. West continues to fall and Owen picks up win number one this season after several close games. Let's hope the Warhorses are on the road to more wins as that only strengthens mountain football. 1 Mountain Heritage, 8-0, 3-0 2 Franklin, 9-0, 3-0 3 A.C. Reynolds, 8-1, 6-0 4 Cherokee, 9-0, 4-0 5 Mitchell, 8-1, 2-1 6 Hendersonville, 6-3, 2-1 7 Murphy, 7-2, 3-1 8 Asheville, 5-4, 5-1 9 Erwin, 4-4, 4-2 10 Tuscola, 6-3, 4-2 11 Swain 5-4, 4-1 12 Pisgah, 5-4, 1-2 13 Robbinsville, 6-3, 2-2 14 Brevard, 6-3, 1-2 15 TC Roberson, 3-6, 3-3 16 Polk, 6-3, 2-1 17 Smoky Mountain, 4-5, 1-2 18 West Henderson, 6-3, 4-2 19 East Henderson, 3-6, 1-2 20 Madison, 3-6, 1-2 21 Owen, 1-7, 1-2 22 Rosman, 2-7, 1-3 23 North Henderson, 2-7, 0-6 24 Hayesville, 2-7, 1-3 25 Enka, 2-8, 1-6 26 Avery, 2-7, 0-3 27 Andrews, 1-9, 0-5 28 North Buncombe, 1-9, 1-6
  13. Heritage holds on to the top spot in this week's rankings after a big win over rival neighbor, Mitchell. The Toe River War went to the Cougars for the third straight year. Franklin jumps the idle Rockets after going to Hendersonville and beating a very talented Bearcats team. Franklin gets Brevard this week and Pisgah the week after next to decide the Mountain 6 title. With four teams in the top 12 both the Mountain 6 and Western Mountain are solidly in the driver's seat as the top conferences in WNC. The Game of the Week is what could be the WMAC title game, AC Reynolds hosting Asheville. the Cougars are hot and will find out how good they are Friday at Dalton stadium. 1 Mountain Heritage, 6-0, 1-0 2 Franklin, 7-0, 1-0 3 A.C. Reynolds, 6-1, 4-0 4 Murphy, 6-1, 2-0 5 Cherokee, 7-0, 2-0 6 Asheville, 5-3, 5-0 7 Brevard, 6-1, 1-0 8 Mitchell, 6-1, 0-1 9 Hendersonville, 4-3, 0-1 10 West Henderson, 5-2, 3-1 11 Pisgah, 5-2, 1-0 12 Erwin, 3-4, 3-2 13 Robbinsville, 5-2, 2-1 14 Polk, 5-2, 1-0 15 Tuscola, 4-3, 2-2 16 Swain 3-4, 2-1 17 Smoky Mountain, 3-4, 0-1 18 North Henderson, 2-5, 0-4 19 Madison, 3-4, 1-0 20 TC Roberson, 1-6, 1-3 21 Rosman, 2-6, 1-2 22 East Henderson, 2-5, 0-1 21 Enka, 2-6, 1-4 22 Avery, 2-5, 0-1 23 Andrews, 1-7, 0-3 24 Owen, 0-6, 0-1 25 Hayesville, 1-6, 0-2 26 North Buncombe, 1-7, 1-4
  14. Heritage holds on to the top spot while taking a much needed break after Hendersonville. Reynolds closed the gap after thumping Tuscola. Franklin had a nice tune up before opening Mountain 6 play against preseason Favorite Hendersonville. Cherokee showed it can compete and Asheville continues to move up as they stay perfect in WMAC play. Smoky Mountain moved up but must play during a very tough three game stretch to secure a playoff berth. Polk, Swain and TCR all need to right the ship to have successful seasons. 1 Mountain Heritage, 5-0 2 A.C. Reynolds, 6-1, 4-0 3 Franklin, 6-0 4 Murphy, 6-1, 1-0 5 Cherokee, 6-0, 1-0 6 Mitchell, 6-0 7 Hendersonville, 4-2 8 Asheville, 4-3, 4-0 9 Brevard, 5-1 10 West Henderson, 4-2, 2-1 11 Pisgah, 4-2 12 Tuscola, 4-2, 2-1 13 North Henderson, 2-4, 0-3 13 Robbinsville, 4-2, 1-1 15 Erwin, 2-4, 2-2 16 Polk, 4-2 17 Smoky Mountain, 3-3 18 Swain 2-4, 1-1 19 East Henderson, 2-4 20 TC Roberson, 1-5, 1-2 21 Madison, 2-4 22 Rosman, 2-5, 1-1 21 Enka, 2-5, 1-3 22 Avery, 2-4 23 Andrews, 1-6, 0-2 24 Owen, 0-5 25 Hayesville, 1-5, 0-1 26 North Buncombe, 0-7, 0-4
  15. THURSDAY, OCT. 12 West Henderson at North Henderson*, 7 p.m. (WMYA-TV): West 38-21 FRIDAY, OCT. 13 McDowell at Alexander Central*: Alexander Central 28-8 Roberson at Enka*: TCR 38-13 Asheville at Reynolds*: ACR 31-21 North Buncombe at Tuscola*: Tuscola 35-10 Pisgah at East Henderson*: Pisgah 33-21 Brevard at Franklin*: Franklin 30-14 Hendersonville at Smoky Mountain*: Hendersonville 41-12 Polk County at Avery County*: Polk 24-14 Madison at Mitchell*: Mitchell 42-20 Owen at Mountain Heritage*Heritage 54-7 Cherokee at Andrews*: Cherokee 38-7 Hayesville at Murphy*: Murphy 42-14 Swain County at Rosman*: Swain 28-24 Robbinsville vs. Hickory Hawks at Lenoir-Rhyne: Robbinsville 42-14
  16. Heritage holds on to the top spot while taking a much needed break after Hendersonville. Reynolds closed the gap after thumping Tuscola. Franklin had a nice tune up before opening Mountain 6 play against preseason Favorite Hendersonville. Cherokee showed it can compete and Asheville continues to move up as they stay perfect in WMAC play. Smoky Mountain moved up but must play during a very tough three game stretch to secure a playoff berth. Polk, Swain and TCR all need to right the ship to have sucessful seasons. 1 Mountain Heritage, 5-0 2 A.C. Reynolds, 6-1, 4-0 3 Franklin, 6-0 4 Murphy, 6-1, 1-0 5 Cherokee, 6-0, 1-0 6 Mitchell, 6-0 7 Hendersonville, 4-2 8 Asheville, 4-3, 4-0 9 Brevard, 5-1 10 West Henderson, 4-2, 2-1 11 Pisgah, 4-2 12 Tuscola, 4-2, 2-1 13 North Henderson, 2-4, 0-3 13 Robbinsville, 4-2, 1-1 15 Erwin, 2-4, 2-2 16 Polk, 4-2 17 Smoky Mountain, 3-3 18 Swain 2-4, 1-1 19 East Henderson, 2-4 20 TC Roberson, 1-5, 1-2 21 Madison, 2-4 22 Rosman, 2-5, 1-1 21 Enka, 2-5, 1-3 22 Avery, 2-4 23 Andrews, 1-6, 0-2 24 Owen, 0-5 25 Hayesville, 1-5, 0-1 26 North Buncombe, 0-7, 0-4
  17. WNC Game of the Week (1A) Cherokee Braves -@- Swain County Maroon Devils (1A) Boyce Dietz Field @ Swain County Stadium Bryson City, NC Swain County leads 45-8, 54th meeting Cherokee 24 Swain 22 The Boarder War between neighboring Swain County and Cherokee kicks off the heart of the Smoky Mountain Conference schedule. This game feature not only two good teams but families and friends butting heads for bragging rights. This game has been owned by Swain County to the tune of 45-8 with the Braves last win coming in 2008 (14-0). These teams normally enter this game with Swain boasting the better record, but not this year. The Braves are perfect this season at 5-0, while the Maroon Devils are 2-3. Cherokee enter the game ranked 11th in the Deep South Football Top 25 Power Rankings with Swain sitting just outside the top 25. the Braves need this game to establish themselves a legitimate power in the SMC and western 1A ranks. Swain needs this game to get back on track after giving away an early game to Tuscola and a head scratching comeback bid to North Henderson. Cherokee has the definite advantage on offense. The Braves are loaded at skill positions, led by QB Ty Mintz. Mintz can run and is a good passer. His physical stature allows him to gain those extra yards on the ground when he needs to. He throws the deep ball well and is accurate enough to keep teams honest. The Braves have several running backs that can be effective and they run behind a big offensive line. The receivers as a whole may be one of the better units in all of WNC. They catch the ball, are quick and run well in the open field. The offensive line is big, strong and seasoned so they should be well aware of what this game means. The Cherokee defense has been solid this season but hasn’t been tested by an offense like Swains. They have faced less than stellar offenses with Smoky being the best area team they have played. Special teams are serviceable but not spectacular, so watch this area during tonight’s game, it could be a turning point. Swain County is Swain County. They run the Veer, they run it well and when they need to they can throw,……, you know Swain football. The Devils look to hit you in the mouth with their big back, Keyshawn Beaner. At about 240 he is a physical handful, but don’t think he can’t run if he gets free so you bet he will see the ball, a lot. The running game is not just Beaner, they have a stable of backs that can come in get yards and keeps the clock moving. Their QB is a seasoned veteran and he understands how to manage a game. Upfront they are big and physical with years’ worth of experience blocking the Veer. If they play smart upfront they should be in good shape. The Maroon Devil defense has been able to stop the run one week, Tuscola and not the next, North Henderson. What run defense shows up this week will be very important. The Maroon Devils have been back and forth against passing teams, so again they need to step up this week. Turnovers in the red-zone must stop for Swain to able to win this game. With so many players related and lifelong friends this game generally is a physical affair that means a lot to both communities. This one should be a donnybrook and the more physical team should win. This is a playoff game for both teams and a lapse in discipline could really hurt them. Is this the season that Cherokee breaks through and makes a name for themselves in the playoffs, if so this is the game they need to win. Swain must get this win to get back on track if they expect to wrench the SMC title from Murphy.
  18. FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 Hickory at McDowell*: Hickory 38-14 Enka at Asheville*: Asheville 35-10 Erwin at North Buncombe*: Erwin 31-13 North Henderson at Reynolds*: ACR 35-10 Roberson at West Henderson*: West 21-17 Smoky Mountain at Tuscola: Tuscola 34-21 Brevard at Chase: Brevard 24-14 Madison at East Henderson: Madison 31-24 Mountain Heritage at Hendersonville: Heritage 38-34 Franklin at Owen: Franklin 35-10 Polk County at Pisgah: Polk 31-28 Mitchell at R-S Central: Mitchell 28-12 Rosman at Andrews*: Rosman 31-21 Swain County at Hayesville*: Swain 42-10 Robbinsville at Murphy*: Murphy 35-10 Carolina Gladiators at Cherokee: Cherokee 38-7
  19. WNC Game of the Week (2A) Mountain Heritage Cougars -@- Hendersonville Bearcats (2A) Dietz Field Hendersonville, NC Hendersonville leads 25-4, 30th meeting Heritage 38 Hendersonville 34 This annual showdown has been for the Western Highlands Conference title for the last four years and the only thing missing this season is the conference. After the NCHSAA realigned the conferences in Western North Carolina they moved Hendersonville into the Mountain 6 leaving Heritage alone in the WHC. This game has been lopsided in the last 29 meetings and normally this would indicate a nonchalant perception of each other. These two teams are far from nonchalant. The teams have split the last four games and Heritage won in 2010 and 1985 prior. Heritage enters the game ranked in the top three in several polls, including yours truly, gobiggreen.net top 20 and Maxpreps.com top 20. Hendersonville enters with a huge win over Burns and is highly regarded by pollsters and fans alike. Heritage is a definite threat to advance deep into the 2A playoffs and could be a darkhorse to play in the title game this fall. The Cougars have a nasty running game with multiple backs that can grind out yards or break huge gains on any snap. The offensive line is big and technically sound and best of all they are mean and love being physical. The passing attack is good, not spectacular but very solid. The receivers know how to run routes and how to get open and pick up yards. If all that is not enough to keep defenses off balance you can add in the QB. Trey Robinson may be the best technically sound QB in the mountains and certainly has one of the strongest arms. When he’s not throwing lasers he is skillfully leading the offense. Oh by the way, he is one of the better running QBs in the west and can take a team on his back at any time. The Cougar defense is absolutely nasty, with maybe the best run defense of anyone in WNC. They can be a touch shaky on pass defense but recover very well. Special teams are good, with a good punter and a kicker that can do what he needs to do. Hendersonville is electric, you know and I know it. With perhaps the best passing attack in the mountains and as much or more speed than anyone they can bust a scoreboard. The Bearcats feature one of the top players in 2A, Tyrek Landrum. Landrum can score in so many ways and you can bet he will see the ball as many times as he can get it. Deep at QB the Bearcats can count on no silly mistakes from that position. The running game is less dynamic that last season but seems to have a different personality. They have the size this year to grind out yards when they need to. Upfront they are a year away from being really special but are still playing quite well. The defense showed it can step up against a very athletic team last week and this bodes well for tonight’s game. After getting gashed by Charlotte Christian and exposed by West early in the year the teams has steadied the ship. The run defense is weaker than the pass defense but both are improving noticeably each week. This is another game that could be a shootout but I see a game in the 30’s with each team taking turns throwing hay-makers. I don’t foresee a huge knockout just a slug fest between two of the better teams in WNC. Each team has a nice mix of speed and skill players and physical hitters so it should be a pretty even game. Penalties and turnovers will determine this game. Will the older more experience Cougars prevail, yes, just barely.
  20. Heritage remains in the number one spot and faces the stiffest test of the season as the they travel to former WHC foe Hendersonville. AC Reynolds remains second while Franklin sits solidly in third. West Henderson and Brevard move up in the poll, both cracking the top 10 after impressive 4-1 starts. Asheville seems to be back, at least close to normal, and makes the biggest jump in the poll. 9 places to number 11. This week has several big match ups that will have an impact on the top 10. The aforementioned Heritage and Hendersonville, as well as Robbinsville at Murphy and Polk at Pisgah. 1 Mountain Heritage, 4-0 2 A.C. Reynolds, 4-1, 2-0 3 Franklin, 4-0 4 Murphy, 4-1 5 Mitchell, 5-0 6 Hendersonville, 4-1 7 Cherokee, 4-0 8 Polk, 4-0 9 West Henderson, 4-1, 1-0 10 Brevard, 4-1 11 Asheville, 2-3, 2-0 12 Pisgah, 3-2 13 Tuscola, 3-1, 2-0 13 Robbinsville, 3-1 15 Madison, 2-2 16 North Henderson, 2-2, 0-1 17 Swain 1-3 18 Smoky Mountain, 2-2 19 TC Roberson, 1-4, 1-1 20 Erwin, 0-4, 0-2 21 East Henderson, 1-4 22 Rosman, 1-4 21 Avery, 1-4 22 Andrews, 1-4 23 Owen, 0-4 24 Enka, 1-4, 0-2 25 Hayesville, 1-4 26 North Buncombe, 0-5, 0-2
  21. WNC Game of the Week (3A) Asheville Cougars -@- Erwin Warriors (3A) Warrior Stadium Leicester, NC 44th meeting, Asheville leads 35-8-1 Asheville 28 Erwin 26 Who would have thought that these two teams would only have one win between them at this point in the season? Normally we’re talking about which one get the first loss of the season while hyping the other. Asheville enters the game with all the momentum after sneaking out a one-point win over favored TC Roberson Friday night. The Cougars have shown the ability to score on good defenses this season so point production shouldn’t be a problem. The Cougar skill players can match up with just about everyone in WNC but can they stay disciplined enough to continue winning? Asheville has thrown the ball well and can run enough to keep teams off balance. Erwin seems to have found its stride after losses to 1A and 2A teams early. The Warriors had ACR concerned for most of their game but fell short in the end. This is another team that has the ability to score points almost at will, just as soon as they find their rhythm. Defensively the Warriors have struggled stopping teams with a strong running game. When you struggle to stop the run it’s easy to give up passing yards as a result. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Erwin doesn’t have explosive players on both sides of the ball, because they do. This could easily be a 56-52 type of a shootout but I think it turns into a more defensive minded affair. The speed and skill players from both teams should counter each other causing the game to come down to coaching and field position. If this game gets played after all the weather issues it should be a good one. These Buncombe County rivals, both eager to knock ACR from the top spot in the Western Mountain Athletic Conference, should be ready to play. This game really could be for second place overall in the WMAC if both teams continue to improve.
  22. THURSDAY, SEPT. 14 Owen at Brevard, 7 p.m. (WMYA-TV: Brevard 41-10 FRIDAY, SEPT. 15 Reynolds at Enka*: ACR 49-7 Asheville at Erwin*: Asheville 28-26 Tuscola at North Henderson*: Tuscola 24-20 North Buncombe at Roberson*: TCR 34-10 Hendersonville at Burns: Burns 28-24 Smoky Mountain at Cherokee: Cherokee 31-21 Pisgah at Greeneville (Tenn.): Greeneville 31-24 Avery County at Draughn: Avery 24-20 Carolina Wildcats (S.C.) at Mitchell: Mitchell 49-7 Hayesville at Mountain Heritage: Heritage 56-7 East Henderson at Polk County: Polk 35-10 Andrews at Fannin County (Ga.): Fannin 35-14 Gilmer County (Ga.) at Murphy: Murphy 34-21 Rabun Gap (Ga.) at Robbinsville: Robbinsville 27-21 Trinity Academy (Tenn.) at Rosman: Rosman 31-21
  23. We have a new number one this week. Mountain Heritage moves into the top spot followed very closely by Franklin and ACR. The difference between the top three is razor thin. ACR has speed and athletes, Franklin and Heritage both have swarming defenses and powerful offenses. The newcomer to the top 10 is West. We should have known they were good when they took Hendersonville to the limit a couple weeks ago, but sometimes it takes a while...lol. Brevard is making a steady climb up the poll and Tuscola moves up as well. A very talented TC Roberson keeps falling due to close losses and i wonder how they recover with the meat of the rugged Western Mountain Conference looming. 1 Mountain Heritage, 3-0 2 Franklin, 4-0 2 A.C. Reynolds, 3-1 4 Murphy, 3-1 5 Mitchell, 4-0 6 Hendersonville, 3-1 7 Cherokee, 3-0 8 West Henderson, 3-1 9 Polk, 3-0 10 Pisgah, 3-1 11 Brevard, 3-1 12 Tuscola, 2-1 13 TC Roberson, 0-4 14 Robbinsville, 2-1 15 Madison, 2-2 16 North Henderson, 2-1 17 Swain 1-3 18 Smoky Mountain, 2-1 19 Asheville, 1-3 20 Erwin, 0-3 21 East Henderson, 1-3 22 Avery, 1-3 21 Andrews, 1-23 22 Rosman, 0-4 23 Hayesville, 1-3 24 Enka, 1-3 25 North Buncombe, 0-4 26 Owen, 0-3
  24. I figure three weeks into the season we know enough about the teams in the area to make a reasonably educated poll. Please remember I said "reasonably"....LOL. I know this will ruffle some feathers but the best teams are not in the Western Mountains 3A. The WMAC (formerly MAC) has had a strangle hold on the best teams lately but this year only AC Reynolds is in the top ten. Another odd selection is TC Roberson at number 11 with no wins. Watauga is very good and so is Crest. Kings Mountain is undefeated and better than advertised. TCR is much better than their record. Franklin sits at number one based on dominating performances in week one and three and because they took control and beat a very good Murphy. The Panthers are a very solid team and stand a very good chance of being undefeated this regular season. Heritage and Murphy are tied at three and both have solid claims to alone at three. Mitchell is secure at number five while former WAC foe Hendersonville lurks at number six. Let the comments begin. 1 Franklin, 3-0 2 A.C. Reynolds, 2-1 3 Murphy, 2-1 3 Mountain Heritage, 2-0 5 Mitchell, 3-0 6 Hendersonville, 2-1 7 Cherokee, 2-0 8 Robbinsville, 2-0 9 Polk, 2-0 10 Pisgah, 2-1 11 TC Roberson, 0-3 12 West Henderson, 2-1 13 North Henderson, 2-1 13 Brevard, 2-1 15 Madison, 2-1 16 Swain 1-2 17 Tuscola, 1-1 18 Smoky Mountain, 2-1 19 Erwin, 0-2 20 Asheville, 0-3 21 Avery, 1-2 22 East Henderson, 1-2 21 Rosman, 0-3 22 Andrews, 1-2 23 Hayesville, 1-2 24 Enka, 1-2 25 North Buncombe, 0-3 26 Owen, 0-2
  25. THURSDAY, SEPT. 7 West Henderson at North Buncombe*, 7 p.m. (WMYA-TV): West 27-17 FRIDAY, SEPT. 8 Mitchell at McDowell: Mitchell 28-10 Roberson at Asheville*: TCR 31-21 Erwin at Reynolds*: Reynolds 42-21 Enka at Tuscola*: Tuscola 21-17 East Henderson at Chase: East 21-18 Swain County at Franklin: Franklin 35-20 Owen at Hendersonville: Hendersonville 42-10 R-S Central at Pisgah: Pisgah 28-13 Polk County at Landrum (S.C.): Polk 27-14 Brevard at Madison: Madison 31-28 Avery County at Cloudland (Tenn.): Avery 14-10 Asheville School at Cherokee: Cherokee 28-14 Carolina Wildcats (S.C.) at Hayesville: Hayesville 21-14 Murphy at North Georgia (Ga.) Falcons: Murphy 49-14 Mountain Heritage at Rosman: Heritage 49-27 Christ School at Robbinsville: Christ School 28-24 Andrews at Union County (Ga.): Union 34-14 * Denotes Conference Game