Being the head coach for North Carolina in this year’s Shrine Bowl has put Murphy’s David Gentry in a real bind.
At least he hopes.
The NCHSAA announced earlier this week that it was moving its state-championship weekend for football to Dec. 16-17 due to flooding in the eastern part of the state. South Carolina has done the same thing, meaning there could be a higher-than-usual number of alternate players and coaches for the 80th annual all-star game between the Carolinas on Dec. 17 in Spartanburg, S.C.
Gentry and Murphy have appeared in three state-championship games since 2010, winning the 1-A classification in 2011 and 2013.
The current Bulldogs are ninth in this week’s Associated Press 1-A rankings and have won their six games by an average of exactly 33.0 points.
Joey Curry (1,001 yards and nine touchdowns) went over 1,000 yards in the Bulldogs’ last game (a 48-0 home shutout of Andrews on Oct. 7. The junior is the only 1,000-yard passer in WNC who has yet to throw an interception. The most effective weapons around Curry are Colton Posey (32 receptions for 509 yards and six touchdowns), Kadrian McRae (417 yards, nine touchdowns), Slade McTaggart (348 yards, five touchdowns), Riley Blalock (225 yards, six touchdowns) and Keivon Allen (209 yards, five touchdowns).
Adam Powell averages a team-high 7.6 tackles a game, followed by McTaggart (6.9), Cody Cantrell (6.3) and Cory Farmer (6.0).
Murphy (7-1, 3-0) travels to Hayesville (1-6, 1-2) for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. Smoky Mountain Conference game.